Memorial Day 2017

They were Marines. Musical Marines. They’re gone now, but we remember, this Memorial Day 2017.

The only group composed entirely of active duty service members to hit #1 on the music charts. Easier said than done, to hit #1 on the music charts, but they were Marines. Named after an aircraft carrier:

Founding members Walter Vickers (guitar) and Rodney Taylor (drums) were members of the United States Marine Corps stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After being transferred to Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, they enlisted fellow Marines Billy Hill (aka Billy Proctor) and Rudolph Johnson as group members. Next they added a female lead singer, Anita Humes, another Marine.

The band was signed to a recording contract in 1963 after submitting a demo to Roulette Records. “Easier Said Than Done” was written by Larry Huff and William Linton. Released as the B side of their first single, the song reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track sold over one million records and received a gold disc award from the R.I.A.A. “Easier Said Than Done” charted at #41 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1963.

Anita Humes was the last survivor of the group named after the light strike carrier Essex. Humes died in 2010.



We can’t think of any current popular musical group with a record contract composed of active duty personnel.

There have been musical stars that served in the armed forces of the United States – but none that achieved fame as a group while in service. The Everly Brothers, hit the top of the music charts before active duty service. They were Marines.



Elvis. Joined the United States Army in a state of fame.




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Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was in the Army.



Hendrix was not a bright light in the service. But once out of service, as a musical star, he served along the watchtower:



Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler (November 1, 1940 – November 5, 1989) was a Green Beret. For five weeks starting on March 2, 1966, his song was #1 on the music charts:

“The Ballad of the Green Berets” was released by RCA Victor Records became a fast-selling single, holding No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks from March 5 to April 2, 1966. The record sold more than a million copies. The song was a great success in many U.S. cities; it scored five weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Good Guys music survey at WMCA, the top popular music radio station in New York during 1966. He sang it for his television dΓ©but on January 30 on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sadler recorded an album of similarly themed songs which he titled Ballads of the Green Berets. It sold a million copies during the first five weeks of its release. Sadler had another minor success, the similarly patriotic-themed “The ‘A’ Team”, later the same year when that single scored #28.

According to the ribbons and badges worn by Sadler in a televised performance of “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” he received the following awards for his military service: Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the South Vietnamese Parachutist Badge.

The ribbons shown in Sadler’s television performance mentioned above did not represent all of Sadler’s awards. Sadler was also entitled to the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He had the option of replacing the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with the Vietnam Service Medal.



We’ve written of Memorial Day and its origins in earlier years. It’s a day to remember the fallen in service to the nation.


For some the mystic chords of memory are stretched thin but they still remember.


We remember.

During the Battle of Guadalcanal, Private Ahrens was mortally wounded while single-handedly fighting back a group of Japanese soldiers attempting to infiltrate Allied lines. After his superior officer discovered Ahrens the next morning surrounded by dead Japanese troops, he whispered these words and died.



They didn’t know. We know. He was a Marine.

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70 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2017

  1. I have been unable to load this site on my IPad since this past week. Is anyone else having this problem?

  2. Honoring those who served on Memorial Day.
    And looking forward to the downfall of those who would exploit them.

  3. I think a lot of people aren’t commenting because of the unorthodox log in process now …..have to go through the “comments RSS feed”

    I hope ADMIN will find a new blog product I Love this place

    Thank you to our VETERANS for their service and sacrifice

    Our POTUS was wonderful today

  4. foxy I love your picks.
    I have no trouble with the method I’ve mentioned before, but wish I’d thought to mention that I always start with the login box located at bottom of each thread. (then ctrl shft r, scroll up to verify admin’s “howdy” statement, scroll back down, and that open comment block is there ready my use.) It is a reliable process with the simple laptop I have.

    I know foxy will get around to these tweets of POTUS and VP joining the mourners at Arlington after the ceremony. I’ll mention them anyway. If the praise of NYPost for Trump’s first trip abroad [“Trump’s First Foreign Trip was a Huge Success”] and the good will of POTUS & VP yesterday does not slow down the Dems, I’ll be doing some cussing.

    http://twitter.com/GeorgiaDirtRoad/status/869247270620934144
    http://twitter.com/Scavino45/status/869354580043321344

  5. So the news of 3 firings due to “leakers” was “fake news” or has our POTUS being sorting through them

  6. dot48

    the Director of Communications Dubke “resigns”

    that was a no brainer, I called for him to be fired weeks ago…

    dereliction of duty…he didn’t do anything to help get PDT’s message out or play offense on all the incoming attacks

    imo…i would not be surprised if he was one of the leakers

  7. Admin,

    This site is most difficult. I cannot get my phone to open it. And the reading area on the laptop view is too narrow. I feel like I am reading up and down.

    But your posts are still really great.

  8. How about we take up a collection @ His44 and send Kathy Griffin a one way ticket to Syria?

    I am sure the parents of Daniel Pearl thought her prank especially humorous.

  9. I would like to see and hope that when Donald formally declares his position on the ‘Paris Climate Change’ deal that he gives a speech from the Oval Office and explains why he is taking his position in his own clear and direct way…

    imo…Donald would be smart to get ahead of this story and explain the UNBELIEVABLE COST and SCARIFICES of the American people AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES in this deal as opposed to what the other countries are required to do…and, as usual, the liability and jeopardy it puts the USA in…

    and in addition, PDT should spell out the time frame imposed on the American people versus the other countries…

    If Donald takes the mantel of the Presidency and explains what and why he is doing…for the country…and the world to hear…I believe he comes out positively…Americans will understand because now most of them, including so called ‘progressive/liberals’ have no idea…no idea what it would even cost their own families…their Mom or Dad’s job, etc…

    …if he just issues or makes a “statement” without explaining his position, he will be crucified by BM & the EU…

    some will say ‘who cares’ and in principle I agree with you however imo PDT needs to start using the bully pulpit and the tools he has as President to keep winning…and change and control the NARRATIVE…

    if he does give a major speech…the world will be listening…and they will get his message…this issue requires more than a ‘tweet’

    the USA can always return to this topic later and renegotiate…PDT needs to decline from this current deal that he had no part in negotiating…

  10. http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/05/31/report-secret-service-investigation-kathy-griffin-photo-shoot/

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    BREAKING…CNN has terminated its contract with Kathy Griffin…

    kudos to Melania and heartbeats to Barron for what they are subjected to with these f’ing violent and rude idiots

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    these people below were on Hannity last night…they are organizing to counter Soros/Media Matters/Clinton attack machine that is strongly organized and FUNDED to silence any opinions or people that counter their far left insanity…

    it is about freaking time…time for everyone to fight back against the racist college kids, the progressive mayor that want to silence conservatives but will allow ‘progressives to destroy Berkely, etc…

    We need a return to sanity and common sense and a response to “mob rule”

    they are worth checking out and support…
    https://mediaequalizer.com/

    https://mediaequalizer.com/brian-maloney/2017/05/hannity-stop-liberal-fascism

  11. btw…so far Senator Al Franken says he “stands with Kathy Griffin” and will appear with her later in the week as scheduled

    also it is reported that Mika & Joe decided to ignore the Kathy Griffin action and instead went on to criticize PDT type…
    wow…that Joe S really turned into a traitor to his once ‘friend” DT…he has gone nuclear on PDT in the most vile ways…going thru channels the other day I heard him say that PDT’s trip to Europe was a ‘complete and colossal failure” and called him a thug… screw you Joe & Mika…your karma is coming…

  12. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4559854/CNN-fires-Kathy-Griffin-New-Year-s-Eve-lineup.html

    snip

    CNN has booted Kathy Griffin from co-hosting its New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper

    Griffin is seen holding up Donald Trump’s bloody, severed head for shock-value in a photo shoot captured on video

    She has since apologized, saying: ‘I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong’

    The apology was not enough to stop Trump himself from blasting her as ‘sick’

    The first lady called it ‘very disturbing’ and ‘simply wrong’
    11-year-old Barron Trump reportedly saw the image on TV and thought it was real

    Democratic Senator Al Franken is refusing to cancel a public appearance with Griffin schedule for July

    But she has already seen a casino gig canceled, and lost an endorsement deal with Squatty Potty, an ergonomic toilet-aid footstool company
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    Keep them coming…fire her and cancel or her endorsements

    not only has she hurt and inspired violence towards PDT…she has deeply disrespected Americans and other human beings that have ACTUALLY been beheaded by ISIS

    so in fact, Kathy Griffin is inspired by ISIS…and emulates their violence…you stupid, spiteful ass…

  13. imo…the left no longer even resembles what was once the great Democratic party…the “Democratic Party’ of today has devolved into CULT…the left is equal to a narrow minded and demanding cult that is pretending to be the Democratic party…

    a CULT totally lacking of EMPATHY…they know no boundaries in their attacks…they no longer can even imagine or perceive the difference between ‘right or wrong’

    they no longer even care to think about how someone different from them might ‘feel’ – they don’t care…

    …all they want to do is outdo each other in their meanness, viciousness and hate that they project while trying to accuse others of the actions they are emitting…

    who among them can utter the most hateful attack, insult or action to win the crown…that is their purpose these days…

    nothing useful, nothing constructive, nothing positive…

    the ‘Democratic party’ of today has LOST ITS WAY…

    all is does is accuse, attack and complain…and even worse now they have turned into TOTALITARIANS that seek to not only repress, but to actually anniliate and destroy any opposition or difference of opinion in any thought or position from their own…

    the have become a patchwork of narrow identity politics with no focus, nothing to offer…again, no boundaries…

    the Democratic party of today is a CULT…devoid of the capacity to feel any empathy for anyone but themselves…

    and all they feel is anger and nothingness…

  14. wow sooooo hard to log in now
    PLEASE PLEASE admin fix whatever is wrong .HAS TO BE CODING

    Hate Kathy Griffin and I feel so sorry for Barron and Melania

  15. oh oh…watch what you wish for…

    subpeonas (sp) for Susan Rice, Brennan and Samantha Power for unmasking…

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    also, what in the world is wrong with Hillary Clinton…she just cannot shut up about losing the election

    she sounds very paranoid…i honestly think she needs psychological counseling…she has turned on everyone…and now she is beating down the DNC…and O….calling them bankrupt, etc…_guess them trying to push Bernie/Rich out were not enough for her…and getting her the essay questions before the debate was expected for her entitlement…

    did anyone here her going off today? omg…everyone is to blame…except her … and her email server as she said is a “nothingburger”…heck, what’s wrong with taking a govt server and turning it into a hidden personal server and then deleting thousands and thousands of emails that should be archived, while laundering a slush fund at the State dept

    She looks so small and petty and is embarrassing herself…
    just shut the hell up already and take all you ill begotten money and go on a trip…or to a spa…

    We really dodged a bullet with this delusional woman…she lives in her own head believing she won the Presidency and is the would be President…

  16. “subpoenas for Susan Rice, Brennan & Samantha Power”

    Sweet. Couldn’t happen to a bigger trio of assholes. btw, I seem to have forgotten, who did they work for?

  17. Happy belated Memorial day to all who have served past and present.
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    I am sorry I must still be the only one who can’t consistently login…I have not stopped reading it’s just very hard to post from my laptop, and I’ve tried my other devices with the same lack of success.

  18. This is the best take down of the deranged Kathy Griffin.

    On the other hand, isn’t this the very thing big media has been angling for?

    A friend believes this is a tipping point.

    That the leftists may see the light.

    Not a chance.

    https://youtu.be/n6zsWMwYEKg

  19. wbboei
    June 1, 2017 at 1:27 am
    This is the best take down of the deranged Kathy Griffin.

    Griffin found out she is not an elite. She is an apparatchik. She has been dropped like a hot rock. Her wretched career depended on serving elites and whatever their pop culture cause du jour. She embarrassed them by unmasking their perversion and graphically. The other apparatchiks immediately turned on her. The confusion, fear, the virtue signalling of the servant class for elites is appalled only that she got caught and missteped because it so easily could have been them instead. With mixed signals from the elites what’s a flunky to do?

    This “art” piece took some doing. Creepy photographer, props, makeup artist to make this dumbass flunky look like the corpse of Lucille Ball, etc. It was planned. It was supposed to be outre and horror chic. A few hundred garbage people in Britain being killed or maimed hideously was not going to impact a their big reveal. ISIS chic. Murder chic. Now the elites have to turn on their flunky who was pleasing them. How confusing it must be for the flunky class. What are the rules? And how easily the elites turn on them.

  20. the Paris climate change deal was set by an executive order by O…the times and power shift have changed…

    wake up call…O is no longer the President calling the shots…

    if it is so great send it to the Senate and put all of them on record with a vote to pass it…or not…

    and let the public have a full understanding of what is being asked of the American taxpayer…

    otherwise forgetaboutit…
    and have PDT and his peeps renegotiate at another time…

  21. listening to clips of Hillary reguritating her gripes and rationalizations all day…

    Does she get along with anyone? she can’t even get along with her own party, the DNC…I thought the Clinton machine had the greatest ground game in history…that is what they kept telling us…

    …and still bashing the American voters…geesh…

    imagine her in power blaming everyone for everything…

    that is not leadership…takes no responsibility…woman is in severe denial…

  22. Wow. Memorial Day and Christmas in the same week. Thanks Mr. President!!!!

    Can’t wait to read Admins next post πŸ˜„

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