Millers contributions are immense & would take a whole book to convey.
“The trombonist and band leader would go on to thoroughly modernize the Army/Air Force’s band & orchestra service, restructuring his group from a traditional military marching band to a more contemporary swing & dance band. His efforts would eventually lead to the formation of the Airmen of Note, the Air Force’s premier jazz ensemble.”
“In 1942, at the peak of his civilian career, Miller decided to join the war effort, forsaking an income of $15,000 to $20,000 per week in civilian life.
At 38, Miller was too old to be drafted and first volunteered for the Navy but was told that they did not need his services. Miller then wrote to Army Brigadier General Charles Young. He persuaded the United States Army to accept him so he could, in his own words, "be placed in charge of a modernized Army band".
U.S. Navy veteran, Johnny Paycheck, served two years in a military prison after being court-martialed for hitting a superior officer in 1956.
After winning the 1954 All-Army Talent Competition, they changed the band name to The Cimarrons. They would perform radio shows and were voted “Best Instrumental Group” of the Far East Command (Japan-Korea-Philippines-Guam)
#ConwayTwitty (real name Harold Jenkins) was offered a contract to play for the Philadelphia Phillies, but was drafted into the Army during the Korean War instead.
He helped form a band to represent his army base in the 1954 All-Army Talent Competition. They named their all original band The Fuji Mountain Boys. They won the talent competition.
“He was called up for the Army in 1944 during WWII. After basic training, Bennett was assigned to the 63rd Infantry Division (the "Blood and Fire" Division) where he served in France and Germany.
It was while he was in the army that Bennett got his first opportunity to sing -- with a military band. Transferred to special services, he finished the war touring Europe and studied music at Heidelburg University before returning to the U.S. He studied voice under the GI Bill.”
“On the parachute landing on D-Day, one of my friends got shot in the air in his harness of his parachute. And you just hear about all your friends that didn't make it. It gives you a sense of, 'Why am I here? Why did they get killed?' And then also you say to yourself, 'I'm alive and I'm gonna do as much as I can.'"
“Pianist Dave Brubeck was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, serving with the American Third Army on the European theater. However, after performing at a Red Cross show early in his military career, he was reassigned from combat duty and asked to form a band. That ensemble, known as the Wolfpack, was the only racially integrated band in the military at that time, and one of the first integrated bands in armed forces history.”
Founding members Toy Caldwell, brother Tommy & lead singer Doug Gray all served in Vietnam
Toy Served in the US Marine Corp in Vietnam
After he was injured by a land mine in 1967, he was shipped home and medically discharged. He created the Toy Factory band which would later become the Marshall Tucker Band. They released 14 albums. Five went gold, and an additional two went platinum.
Singer Doug Gray served in the US Army, seeing combat.
“On 3/5/53 while working his post, Cash intercepted a very important communique from the Soviets. At the time, Joseph #Stalin, Soviet Premier Leader was in a quite poor condition & his health status was very important to the U.S intelligence community.
While transcribing the Soviet Morse Code chatter, JohnnyCash became the 1st American to hear the news of the death of the Soviet leader. Sgt.Staff Cash immediately reported the important news to his superiors & the rest is history.”
“Over his enlistment period “The Man in Black” or at that time ”The boy in uniform” rose to the rank of Staff Sergent and became a Morse Code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions. Cash showed amazing skills at cracking Morse Code so he was put in a leading seat at the Landsberg post to monitor in on Soviet communications.”
“With the outbreak of Korean war, 18-year old Cash did what many young Americans of the time did, he enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950.After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas, Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, West Germany...”
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