8th Of November
BIG & RICH Lyrics


Said goodbye to his momma as he left South Dakota
To fight for the red, white and blue
He was nineteen and green with a new M-16
Just doing what he had to do
He was dropped in the jungle where the choppers would rumble
With the smell of napalm in the air
And the sergeant said look up ahead

Like a dark evil cloud
Twelve-hundred came down on him and twenty-nine more
They fought for their lives but most of them died
In the one-seventythird Airborne

On the eighth of November the angels were crying
As they carried his brothers away
With the fire raining down and the hell all around
There were few men left standing that day
Saw the eagle fly through a clear blue sky
1965, the eighth of November

Now he's fifty-eight and his pony tail's gray
But the battle still plays in his head
He limps when he walks but he's strong when he talks
About the Shrapnel they left in his leg
He puts on a gray suit over his Airborne tattoo
And he ties it on one time a year
And remembers the fallen as he orders a tall one
And swallows it down with his tears

On the eighth of November the angels were crying
As they carried his brothers away
With the fire raining down and the hell all around
There were few men left standing that day
Saw the eagle fly through a clear blue sky
1965
The eighth of November
The eighth of November (eighth of November)

Said goodbye to his momma as he left South Dakota
To fight for the red, white, and blue
He was nineteen and green with a new M-16
Just doing what he had to do

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Written by: KENNY ALPHIN, JOHN D. RICH

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Kelley Broussard

I understand that not too many people in this day and age, really truly know or understand about how truly horrific the tragic conundrums of the Vietnam War really was. As a child of a Retired USMC Vietnam Veteran, my Dad was one of the "lucky" ones to have survived the atrocities of the Vietnam War. It is utterly heart breaking to witness a soldier who is still fighting the same war that he left 30 years ago - and when that soldier is your father, it really makes you see things in a much more understanding and empathetic light.

I was born five years after the Fall of Saigon - which was when the Vietnam War had ended. I grew up watching how relentlessly haunted my Dad was from the unspeakable tragedies that he experienced while serving in the Vietnam War. I saw the way he simply couldn't help but to just re-hash the events over and over again, and what breaks my heart the most, is the way he suffered with so much that he just couldn't seem to find a way to forgive himself for... I'm not sure what those were, and I never asked him out of respect.

One thing that all of our Vietnam Vets had in common was the fact they all returned home to a grossly ungrateful country where they were commonly disparaged by their very own fellow American citizens. People spat in their faces, and commonly referred to them, not as patriotic soldiers, but as "baby killers". There was no recognition or support for the devastation that they had just been through, nor sympathies or acknowledgment for the soldiers who they had bonded with that were killed and had to be left behind.

I can only imagine the additional PTSD that this had to have had on many of them... So many of them were already struggling with all sorts of PTSD - but since PTSD wasn't yet a widely known or even understood condition yet - most of our Vietnam Vets were forced to simply deal with all the trauma they had just been through all on their own. Believe me when I say that their suffering was done in a deafening and absolutely debilitating amount of silence.

This is why I believe with every fiber of my being that it is our Vietnam Veterans who are some of the finest warriors God has ever put on this earth. They are the only soldiers in all of America's history who have had to know and feel the pain of their country’s insurmountable rejection and they had to carry on with the shambles that the Vietnam War left their lives in.

Because I wasn't born until 1980 - I am so glad that I didn't have to know a country that I love so dearly the way it was then... I can't fathom an America who rejects the soldiers who bravely answered the call to honorably fight for her... Then to turn their backs leaving them in the cold the way they did - it literally makes me so mad that I can't fight back the tears every time I think about how this must have felt for them...

I would just like to say to all of our Vietnam Veterans and to their families - that my family and I proudly honor, appreciate and acknowledge the tremendous service and sacrifices that each and every Vietnam Veteran so valiantly made. Today, yesterday and always. It is an honor to celebrate and acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans, and please know that your service will NEVER be forgotten.

As for me... Well... Some people dream of getting to meet their hero's. I was so very lucky to have been raised by mine. RIP MSgt Colin D. Broussard - USMC Retired - Operation Frequent Wind.



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James Smith

Every time i hear this song i have tears. I am currently in iraq on my third tour but it still hurts thinking about the people who did this before us they are the true heros for making it possible for us to be doing what we are doing now. enlisted ,officer ,reserves , army, navy, marines, airforce and coast guard thank you. I been in 14 years and i hope to do another 14

Mone Dilla

I no you will be all you can be God bless you

Steven Porter

God bless all my brothers and sisters in uniform

Steven Porter

Never saw combat but still a proud USAF veteran

Steven Porter

May God watch over you brother

gis for me

Thank you for your Service πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ™

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Kelley Broussard

I understand that not too many people in this day and age, really truly know or understand about how truly horrific the tragic conundrums of the Vietnam War really was. As a child of a Retired USMC Vietnam Veteran, my Dad was one of the "lucky" ones to have survived the atrocities of the Vietnam War. It is utterly heart breaking to witness a soldier who is still fighting the same war that he left 30 years ago - and when that soldier is your father, it really makes you see things in a much more understanding and empathetic light.

I was born five years after the Fall of Saigon - which was when the Vietnam War had ended. I grew up watching how relentlessly haunted my Dad was from the unspeakable tragedies that he experienced while serving in the Vietnam War. I saw the way he simply couldn't help but to just re-hash the events over and over again, and what breaks my heart the most, is the way he suffered with so much that he just couldn't seem to find a way to forgive himself for... I'm not sure what those were, and I never asked him out of respect.

One thing that all of our Vietnam Vets had in common was the fact they all returned home to a grossly ungrateful country where they were commonly disparaged by their very own fellow American citizens. People spat in their faces, and commonly referred to them, not as patriotic soldiers, but as "baby killers". There was no recognition or support for the devastation that they had just been through, nor sympathies or acknowledgment for the soldiers who they had bonded with that were killed and had to be left behind.

I can only imagine the additional PTSD that this had to have had on many of them... So many of them were already struggling with all sorts of PTSD - but since PTSD wasn't yet a widely known or even understood condition yet - most of our Vietnam Vets were forced to simply deal with all the trauma they had just been through all on their own. Believe me when I say that their suffering was done in a deafening and absolutely debilitating amount of silence.

This is why I believe with every fiber of my being that it is our Vietnam Veterans who are some of the finest warriors God has ever put on this earth. They are the only soldiers in all of America's history who have had to know and feel the pain of their country’s insurmountable rejection and they had to carry on with the shambles that the Vietnam War left their lives in.

Because I wasn't born until 1980 - I am so glad that I didn't have to know a country that I love so dearly the way it was then... I can't fathom an America who rejects the soldiers who bravely answered the call to honorably fight for her... Then to turn their backs leaving them in the cold the way they did - it literally makes me so mad that I can't fight back the tears every time I think about how this must have felt for them...

I would just like to say to all of our Vietnam Veterans and to their families - that my family and I proudly honor, appreciate and acknowledge the tremendous service and sacrifices that each and every Vietnam Veteran so valiantly made. Today, yesterday and always. It is an honor to celebrate and acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans, and please know that your service will NEVER be forgotten.

As for me... Well... Some people dream of getting to meet their hero's. I was so very lucky to have been raised by mine. RIP MSgt Colin D. Broussard - USMC Retired - Operation Frequent Wind.

Rebjim J. E.

Best wishes. Semper Fidelis.

Amanda H.

My grandfather still fights these demons every day. And we never speak of it. πŸ’”

Touchdownsallday 42

We’re very blessed to have Fathers like them. My Dad was with the 173rd Airborne and 8th of November by Big and Rich is a nice tribute song to our Vietnam Veterans. God bless you allπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’œπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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