Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mary Travers of Peter Paul & Mary Dies

She was 72 years old and died today after battling Leukemia for many years.

Peter Paul and Mary were known for several catchy tunes from the 1960's that many younger people still enjoy today. "Lemon Tree," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," "If I Had a Hammer," and my favorite, "Leavin' On A Jet Plane."

They were also known for their liberal politics and opposition to the Viet Nam War.

I disagreed with the groups politics, but sure enjoyed their music, especially when in Viet Nam.

I recall in Cam Rahn Bay, walking out to the freedom bird for my final trip home after my last tour, someone turned on AFVN radio and what should I hear playing but “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane.”

The song never meant as much to me as it did at that moment.

May she rest in peace and finally lose the bitterness she felt in life.

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