I hope that folks will take the time to read this little commentary, because this subject has become very close to the heart of ALL The Oak Ridge Boys.
It seems that I'm finding myself reading a lot about Vietnam these days. I think it is because I have run into a bunch of appreciative Veterans who have either read my book G.I. Joe and Lillie or have listened to the Oaks CD COLORS or have seen the BOYS perform at the Vietnam Welcome Home concert in Branson in 2005.
This is not a political opinion or a positive or negative account of my feelings on this war, or any war for that matter, but instead I would like to write a few words about some unsung heroes of Vietnam . Much like World War I and World War II, our troops utilized the service of man's best friend to help fight the enemy on foreign soil. Dogs of all kinds were drafted into service, many of them German Shepherds.
The Oaks with Larry Chilcoat, an Air Force security policeman and sentry dog handler during the Vietnam War. Chilcoat introduced the Oaks to the National War Dog Monument project.
These canines and their handlers did some incredible things in country that very few of us know much about, and they paid an ultimate price for their service as well.
I want to point you to a documentary called WAR DOGS AMERICAS FORGOTTEN HEROES and a book by John Burnam called Dog Tags of Courage, and a website JBMF.US. All of this will be explained to you there much better than I can write it. And if you are moved by any of what you see and hear, I hope that you will help The Oak Ridge Boys by joining in an effort to build a national monument in Washington D. C. to honor these canine heroes.