[photogallerylink id=116270 align=left][lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Big & Rich[/lastfm]’s Vietnam inspired song, The 8th of November, was written as a thank you to all the veterans for their service.
Ever wonder where [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Big Kenny[/lastfm] got the famous top hat he often wears? It was a gift from the Vietnam vet who is featured in the song.
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The lyrics of the refrain refer specifically to “1965, the 8th of November” in describing the battle. The 173d Airborne Brigade was ambushed by Viet Cong during Operation Hump. One of the wounded, Niles Harris, was among the several soldiers saved by Lawrence Joel, who later became the first living black American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War. Years later, Harris gave Big Kenny (one half of the duo) the top hat he often wears in public appearances.
The song itself gives an account of Harris’ life. In the first verse, at the age of 19, Harris joins the military to fight the Vietnamese. He ends up in Vietnam, “with the smell of napalm in the air.” The thirty in his group are then ambushed. In the second verse, Harris, now 58, exhibits the lingering injuries he sustained during the war, but he is “strong when he talks” about his injuries and his memories of his fallen comrades.
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