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Old 10 July 2017, 22:10
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I find myself just unable to resist singing it out loud anytime there is an SF guy around because I know how bad it pisses them off....LOL
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Old 10 July 2017, 22:29
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Yeah, we know. That's why you're on the 'rist'...
Oh man, I am SO glad I am not on the "rist". Too bad for you.
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Old 10 July 2017, 22:36
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I don't remember ever hearing the Pattons speech during training but I remember a pile of troops singing base muddle through the song every morning before class in the tarpaper barracks. I like the song and it still makes me proud to have been a part of something special.
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Old 11 July 2017, 14:54
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At 0430, instead of the Ballad or Patton Speech... he put on classical music at the TAC shack. Beethoven, Wagner, etc. Amazing. We're all out in the sawdust pit, knocking out endless flutter kicks & push-ups to the soothing sounds of strings, woodwinds, & brass.

It was great. Motivating. Relaxing. He was a PT animal and smoked us hard. We didn't mind. That music was still playing when we came back through the gate after a rucksack speed march.

Naturally, it was a one time event. No room for free-thinking cadre instructors. Back to high volume Sadler & George C. Scott for every day afterward.
Your post reminds me of Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, locking himself in the warden's office and playing classical music over the prison loudspeakers.

Some things are too good to last.

As for the Ballad of the Green Beret, I guess for those who serve in that community and have to listen to it more than the average Joe, it gets kind of old. I've only heard the song a handful of times, doesn't really bother me that much.

I thought that Wag the Dog did a pretty good parody/satire of the Ballad with a song based on the fictitious unit "The 303" toward the end of the movie. The unit was fictional not only in it only being a movie, but also was fictitious in the context of the movie's plot, too.

You can definitely hear the influence of the Ballad of the Green Berets in the song.

Check out the berets, half black half Cheetah print.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47a7PKhpFJ0
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Old 11 July 2017, 20:56
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I only heard the song while standing in front of the SAR shed after we were selected and at 1st formation / graduation. Because those are very fond memories, I enjoy the song thoroughly everytime I hear it. Even if I am getting pissed on at a Group CoC that I was forced to cut my leave short IOT attend.

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Old 12 July 2017, 05:08
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Very cool, good find TFG. A friend has a band here, BonesFork that has their own version of the song, it's way more grungy.
Haha I love Bonesfork! Just waiting for them to go on tour as Robert said one day they were and they would play around JBLAM! 🤘🏻
I love the many of versions of The Ballad of the Green Beret including, of course, the original. It never ceases to make me misty eyed and nostalgic.
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Old 12 July 2017, 09:42
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I've always liked the song, but I can see how group guys would hate it. I'm still waiting for "Ralph the Airborne Ranger" or "S&M Man" to get laid down on a track.

Of course RI's can rub one out to this gem, it's about 10 years old.
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Old 12 July 2017, 19:46
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And least we not forget Sadler's other contribution: Casca the Eternal Mercenary.
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Old 14 July 2017, 17:29
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And least we not forget Sadler's other contribution: Casca the Eternal Mercenary.
Oh man. I loved those books. Great stuff.
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Old 18 July 2017, 14:32
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I am not a fan of the song...hey, 18C4V, do you remember when we refused to sing it for Gray Davis?
Sorry, late to the thread. Your memory is sharp as a tack, I totally forgot about that one.
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Old 18 July 2017, 15:00
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And least we not forget Sadler's other contribution: Casca the Eternal Mercenary.
Love that series of books. Really pored over it as a kid.

he was shot (accidentally?) while in a cab with a hooker in Honduras, IIRC. Died some time later in a Nashville (?) nursing home.

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Old 18 July 2017, 16:25
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Sorry, late to the thread. Your memory is sharp as a tack, I totally forgot about that one.
Had we gone with the program and sung it, Gray would have beaten Arnold in the recall...or not...
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Found this one in a box earlier.
IMG_20170723_124419.jpg


Edit: Finally got the file to attach.
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