“The Ballad of the Green Berets” Like You’ve Never Heard Before

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Honestly one of the best renditions ever done

“The Ballad of the Green Berets” honors the first native Hawaiian who was killed in the Vietnam War.  Green Beret James Gabriel, Jr. was on a training mission on April 8, 1982 when he was captured and executed by the Viet Cong.

Staff Sgt Barry Sadler, who fought and was critically wounded in Vietnam,  is credited for writing this patriotic song.   Surprisingly, this song became a major hit in 1966 during the strong anti-war sentiment at the time.

Below is a wonderful tribute to this song done by the group Letters From Home.  You’ll want to take the 2 minutes to watch this.  Their voices are angelic and bring a special meaning to the song.

Check out the video and read some of the stirring lyrics below.

“Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her this 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”

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