EmmyLou Harris is a Marine Corps Brat. Her father, Maj. Walter Rutland “Bucky” Harris, USMC was a Marine Corps Pilot shot down and captured during the Korean War.  In the years that followed, he remained on active duty and served as a presidential command pilot in helicopters for every president from Eisenhower through Carter.

Her song, “Bang the Drum Slowly” was written about her father who passed away in 1993.

Info From The Retired Officers Association (TROA) website: http://www.troa.org/About/Press/Harris.asp


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