- The Ballad of the Green Berets was written by Barry Sadler
- Written in January 1966 while the Vietnam war was going on
Put silver wings on my son's chest
The green beret's last wish is for his son to also become a green beret.
- One of the few popular pro-war songs
- The song relates to the time period because it raised morale of soldiers
- The song was inspired by the death of James Gabriel Jr, one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam