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happy? - June 25 (PDR Korea crosses the 38th)

Abby Sale 25 Jun 05 - 08:56 AM
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Subject: happy? - June 25
From: Abby Sale
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 08:56 AM

North Korean troops cross the 38th parallel and attack South Korea= 6/25/1950. The US responds 10 days later.

        With rusted fifties and dud rockets,
        With pilots as old as they seem,
        We fly these worn out Mustangs,
        Against their MIG 15.
                "Stand To Your Glasses," Collected from the USAF 8th Bomber Wing, Korea.

Also see "We Loop In The Purple Twilight," DigTrad filename[ LOOPURPL re WW I. This is an adaptation of a much older song, "The Revel," sung by Irish soldiers in India, dying of dysentery (or plague) c1836. "The Revel," was by Irish poet, Captain (at the time) Bartholomew Dowling, 1823-1863. (of whom I've been trying unsuccessfully to get bio info for a While - apparently the San Francisco reporter was a different guy.) Also in Alan Lomax' "Folk Songs of North America."

[thanx Steve Suffet, thanx Joe Fineman, especially thanx Chip Dockery, a veteran fighter pilot who still well-sings the Viet Nam version and with very personal feeling - clip at Stand to Your Glasses at Drinking Songs]

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