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Wotta crazy life. Check out his story here: http://www.sizemoremusic.com/sadler_history.htm

Christine Hennig

While the 60s are mainly remembered for its doves, there were also plenty of hawks out there, and they made this song, sung by Sgt. Barry Sadler, a hit. It’s the musical equivalent of the movie Starfighters, which means about all you can say for it is that it’s patriotic and makes the military look good. But boy, is it ever bland. This clip of Sadler singing his hit song on “The Hollywood Palace” deserves preserving, though, for showing us the other side of the 60s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.


Somebody accidentally cut the middle of the song out:

He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put silver wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret.

I remember a version of him singing it in a studio was even carried on the networks news. It's timeless in it's patriotism - in 1962 JFK called the beret "A symbol of...courage...In the fight for freedom". The words to this song are as true today as in 1966. Only the best of the best are the Green Berets.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: 0. Weirdness: 0. Historical Interest: 5. Overall Rating: 5.

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