George Jones Pays Tribute To Fallen Soldiers In “50,000 Names Carved In The Wall”

George Jones Pays Tribute To Fallen Soldiers In “50,000 Names Carved In The Wall” | Classic Country Music | Legendary Stories and Songs Videos

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Country legend George Jones honored the fallen American soldiers of the Vietnam war in his classic country song “50,000 Names Carved in a Wall.” 

The song is about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is a wall the spans two acres in Washington, D.C. and has the names of the fallen inscribed onto it. The wall honors U.S. service members of the Armed Forces who fought and died for their country in the Vietnam War.

“There’s combat boots that he used to wear when he was sent over there,” sings George. “There’s purple hearts and packs of gum. Fatherless daughters and fatherless sons, and there’s 50,000 names carved in a wall.”

The country legend spent his own time serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enlisted when he was 20 years old in 1951 and was discharged in 1953. He spent his entire two years in the military stationed in San Jose, California.

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A year after his discharge, he recorded his first song, and the rest, they say, is history!

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“50,000 Names Carved in a Wall” was released off George’s studio album The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001 when he was 70 years old. The album was released on September 11, 2001, which turned into one of the most infamous days in American history.

The song was written and originally recorded by Jamie O’Hara, who won a Grammy Award for writing the song “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ol’ Days)” by The Judds. The album also included the Billy Joe Shaver-written song “Tramp On Your Street” and a duet with Garth brooks titled “Beer Run.”

You can watch the video for George’s country classic in the video below.

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