[photogallerylink id=116270 align=right]Today, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year, we remember the sacrifice our troops have made every day so that we can afford our freedoms and our security, and especially honor those who have lost their lives keeping our country free and safe. A surprising number of soldiers who have returned from war have gone on to become accomplished musicians.

In honor of our troops, past and present, here are eight musicians who served in the military giving their finest performances!

This post is courtesy of Chris Tharp at our sister station 98.1 WOGL

#8 Sgt. Barry Sadler, “Ballad of the Green Beret”

Barry Sadler actually served as a Green Beret medic and Staff Sergeant in the Army during Vietnam.

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#7 Lou Rawls, “You’ll Never Find A Soul Like Mine”

Lou Rawls enlisted in the Army in 1955 when the Vietnam War broke out as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

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#6 Grover Washington, Jr., “Just The Two Of Us”

Washington was drafted into the Army where he met fellow musician and drummer Billy Cobham. Cobham introduced him to a whole world of music and famous New York musicians.

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#5 Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire”

Cash enlisted in the Air Force where he served as a code intercept operator for Soviet Army transmissions. He was the first to receive the news of Joseph Stalin’s death.

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#4 Jerry Garcia, “Pretty Peggy-O”

In 1960, Jerry Garcia stole his mother’s car, and as punishment, was forced to join the Army. He often missed roll and went AWOL, and as a result received a general discharge.

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#3 Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”

After Hendrix got in trouble for being a passenger in a stolen car, he was issued an ultimatum: two years in prison or join the Army. He chose the Army.

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#2 Kris Kristofferson & Johnny Cash, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Kristofferson achieved Captain’s rank and became a helicopter pilot. He was stationed in West Germany in the early ’60s in the infantry. He took music back up during his tour and started a band. When he returned, he decided to pursue song writing.

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#1 Elvis Presley, “Dixieland”

Elvis was inducted into the Army as a private and shipped out with the 3rd Armored Division to Germany where he met his wife Priscilla.


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