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.

Today in WW II: 1 May 1939 Unit 731 of the Japanese Army begins tests of biological and chemical warfare agents during clashes with Soviet forces in Mongolia [exact date not known].  More 
1 May 1941 To fund War Production, Defense Bonds and Defense Savings Stamps go on sale in the United States.
1 May 1945 Grand Admiral Dönitz takes command in Germany.
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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

Army

Coast Guard

Marine Corps

Navy

Department of Defense

Jodies

Jodies are the chants that military units sing while training or marching. This Olive-Drab.com 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.

For good results, try entering this: military music. Then click the Search button.

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