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