Military Music

Members of a USO Camp Show and U.S. 3d Infantry Division GIs get together for a jam session, Korea, 23 November 1952
Members of a USO Camp Show and U.S. 3d Infantry Division GIs get together for a jam session, Korea, 23 November 1952.

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Military Music

Here are links to military service songs and sound effects that you can download, organized by the branches of the U.S. Armed Services.

Air Force


Coast Guard

Marine Corps


Department of Defense


Jodies are the chants that military units sing while training or marching. This page gives the history of jodies, examples, and links to more information about jodies.

Military Memorial Music

While much of the military music has a rousing martial theme, there are many beautiful songs written to honor those lost in war as well as to reflect the pain of loved ones who mourn them.

A fine example is One Candle Christmas written by Tina Landel and Bob Ayala. The song is dedicated to the Hershey family and all those who have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thanks to Randy Loubier for sending the One Candle Christmas video.

Other songs, such as Thank You Soldiers honor those who serve and offer gratitude from the home front for their sacrifices while reflecting on the blessings bought and paid for by the military.

Thanks to Michael Souders for sending the Thank You Soldiers video.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

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