The Show Must Go On: Fighter Pilot Folksongs of the Vietnam War
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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This study examines fighter pilot folksongs of the Vietnam War and their relation to combat psychology scholarship using recorded folksongs and songbooks as primary source materials, in addition to fighter-pilot-songwriter interviews, and numerous secondary sources on folklore scholarship, Vietnam War history, and combat psychology. It first defines fighter pilot folksong within the context of the 1950s American folk revival which had a significant impact on the creation of folksongs by Vietnam War veterans. After then providing context to the experience of fighter pilots in the Vietnam War, this study uses previous folklore scholarship to categorize and sort 189 Vietnam fighter pilot folksongs. The resulting categorization of songs show a strong correlation of category themes and combat psychology suggesting a connection between folksongs and the management of combat stress.
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