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Our Great Heroes

by Tom Tripp & Donna Ray

Dedication to Army Warrant Officer
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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My Dear Friend Ed;

Where can I begin?....

It sounds absolutely "Wonderful".. I love the music, no background, just Tom's voice and THEN the gentle beginning of the tempo and the lyrics together!...By the time we get to Christ appearing before the young soldier (Martin), the listener is sure to be captivated by the story and the background...The anticipation building to the point of my name and rank and then the HARMONY in Donna's words, expression, (even her diction with kinda like a little southern drawl) WOW WOW WOW; brings a fitting closure at the wall...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The additional ending by Donna just adds to what I feel is a superior presentation by ALL....

I have spent many many many hours at that spot (the Wall) and I am TELLING you, this tribute is right up there with EVERY SINGLE ONE I have ever heard spoken, sung, cried, performed either on a record album or in person as a testament to our soldiers that have served! Not because of me, but because of you, Tom and Donna Ray's dedication to the music that touches us all....

My words alone do not do the justice that you, Tom and Donna have done with this.. AWESOME is the only word that comes to mind...

To have had this written, recorded and produced for me personally conjures up feelings only a SELECT few will ever understand. I am proud to be one of those few and I do so thank you....

In response to your latest email I am including a series of collages I hope you can use along with the dedication you requested. If you can use the following it would be greatly appreciated and would mean the world to me:

This song is dedicated to my good friend and mentor SSG Barry Sadler (may you rest in peace); for I can still hear you sing... I am the man I am today, because you took me under your wing Doc and taught me that at 17 a uniform does not make a man but it is the man which makes the uniform.. You inspired an esprit de corps that will be matched by few while instilling in me a pride that I carried throughout my career... To the men of the 10th Special Forces who taught me courage and life skills that I will never forget. Yes,I learned the true meaning and rationale for isolation. To SGM Al Garcia who never left anyone behind (especially this Ole Chief)....also to the men of the Scottish Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Scotland), who provided for my safety during a series of assignments in those unspoken places. May the skirling of the pipes always bring you victory! To General Eugene Stillions Jr., 39th Quartermaster General of the Army who had the faith and confidence in me to complete those worldwide assignments implied or assign without limitations..

A special thanks to writer Ed Gowens who is responsible for this song; Narrator Tom Tripp and Vocalist/Singer Donna Ray for I am truly blessed to be able to call this combination of musical talent my friends. To Brenda Williams of Texas who brought all of this together. To Brenda Burnside of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada whose artistic talents are reflected in the art work. To all the Members of ROPE & TCMF who continue to support the Legends and Independent Artists that strive to keep country music alive as well as the DJs from around the world who play the songs for all of us to enjoy. To Cynthia Beique of Orlando, Florida and Jennifer Herron, of Nashville who make the Midnite Jamboree a memory that everyone will want to experience; and to my family who endured years of hardship because of my absences...Maybe through this song you will be able to understand why it was all necessary...and finely to Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida who placed the name BUTTS in the Library of Congress...God Bless you all and God Bless the United States of America.


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donna ray

I must say this recording is an honor to you and to all the soldiers who have served in the war and have given thier lives for us all, I am happy to have been a part in this song. I thank Ed Gowens for writing this wonderful song for you. and Tom Tripp for all you have done to make this song possible for Steve Butts Honor