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Guitars in Combat? 11 Replies

Anyone ever take a guitar into a combat zone? Know of anyone who did? Other instruments Maybe?Here is a photo, Viet Nam... Sort of makes you wonder what ever happened to that guitar.…Continue

Tags: Nam, Viet, combat

Started by Michael S. Jackson. Last reply by Jeremy Richmann May 24, 2013.

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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 22, 2011 at 10:34am

Ikrami -

Thanks. And thank you for your patience with someone who is computer illiterate. I never knew YouTube had cc capability to help my tired ears. I listened and watched again - I really like what you did. 

Thank you

Comment by eyekrameye on November 21, 2011 at 7:33pm

The lyrics are available in both versions in Closed Captioning. On the first version they are in the description area just below the video also. I could post them here if you'd like.


There are a few words that people just don't use anymore, but that's the way it came out. Some of it is based on the Gettysburg Address, some on classical mythology. I thought about some changes but it started to lose that old-timey, ethereal feel. So I just left it alone.


I noticed when we filmed the ceremony this year, the guns used in the salute ejected shells. In 1994, when I wrote most of the song in a restaurant across the street, the guns were much older and shot wadding all over the lawn. I did not change those lyrics either. Over 17 years one must expect some differences.


I did get some e-mails back from the Dodgeville vets. They appreciated our efforts. For those that don't have net access we're making some DVDs.


Thanks for your comments here. 

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 20, 2011 at 11:14am

Nice. Couldn't understand a lot of the words, but nice piece.

Comment by eyekrameye on November 19, 2011 at 7:15pm

We filmed the actual 11-11-11 ceremony in Dodgeville, Wisconsin and incorporated some of the footage into the the video. I've posted it here and it's available on YouTube at

Comment by Danny Butler on November 19, 2011 at 5:21pm

Yeah, I wonder what happened to him.  I keep hoping to run into him, but no luck so far.  As for the Taylor, I got a monel 310CE.  It's an acoustic electric, with the greatest sound that I've ever heard.  It was my divorce present to myself!!   LOL  It seems that everytime I go through a divorce, I buy a new guitar.  But I am through with those and I guess I'm through with my collection......

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 19, 2011 at 10:14am

Hi Danny. Do you ever wonder what happened to that WO? Maybe he'll show up at the group, huh?

What model Taylor do you have? I have always wanted one; they play so easy.

Comment by Danny Butler on November 18, 2011 at 5:21pm

Ordered my first guitar from the PACEX catalog while in "Nam".  Some kind of 12-string, don't remember the brand.  Played it while in the rear, never took it out on missions, I had enough to carry.  Didn't even know how to tune it,  One day some Warrant officer came by and asked me what I was doing, and I told him I was playing my guitar.  He laughed and told me "no your not".  Then he tuned it, while showing me how.  Boy did it sound a lot better.  Been on and off with the guitar since then.  Finally got this Taylor and decided to commit again, this time more serious....

Comment by eyekrameye on November 9, 2011 at 7:47pm

I'll put it on my You Tube channel eyekrameye and on my page here, like the first one.


I'm happy that they liked the first one enough to let us film. I really thought we'd be doing next year's ceremony, but this is even better. 


The weather looks like 45 f and sunny. That's nice because we just got our first snow of the not quite winter. 

Comment by Peg Andrae on November 9, 2011 at 7:29pm
Good luck with the filming! Let is know where we can view it if it will be available on a website.
Comment by eyekrameye on November 9, 2011 at 7:23pm

We've received permission from the VFW and the American Legion to film the Veteran's Day ceremony in Dodgeville, Wisconsin on Friday. I don't know if I'll be re-recording the song, but we will put out a new video out that includes the actual ceremony.


I haven't started the lead sheets yet. Next week looks good for that.


Thanks for letting me participate in this group.



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