Veterans Day

Songs by artists who are themselves military veterans:

Don Reno, born in Buffalo, South Carolina, Don grew up on a farm in Haywood County, North Carolina. In 1943 he received an offer from Bill Monroe to become a member of the Bluegrass Boys, but chose instead to enlist in the United States Army. Trained as a horse soldier at Fort Riley, Kansas, he was sent to the Pacific Theater to fight on foot. He eventually served in Merrill’s Marauders and was wounded in action.

Bobby Osborne, born in Leslie County, Kentucky, was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and served in the Korean War. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart.

Red Allen, born in Pigeon Roost Hollow, near Hazard, Kentucky, and following a stint in the Marines, settled in Dayton, Ohio in 1949.

Del McCoury, was born in Bakersville, North Carolina, and after a short tenure in the military, McCoury found his way to Baltimore, Md.

U.S. Navy Band Country Current

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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