The Saylors Brothers Ballad of Sgt. Hack is a music video by producer-director Kenny & Kyle Saylors. The shoot took place in various locations around Hudson OH using many local residents as cast and crew members. The Ballad of Sgt. Hack was based upon the book, “The Life of a Warrior”. It tells the story of Sgt. Hack growing up in Kentucky and his military service. Sgt. Hack met the Saylor Brothers several years ago and discussed the possibility of making a movie based upon “The Life of a Warrior”. Erica Lane wrote The Ballad of Sgt. Hack . Once Sgt. Hack heard The Ballad of Sgt. Hack the decision was made to produce a music video of the the song. Starting on Saturday morning on a freezing sunny day, production began going until dark Sunday evening.
The Ballad of Sgt. Hack music video has been heard and seen by over a million people around the world. The Life of a Warrior ninth printing will be released in early August and enthusiasm for this story is growing by the day. The Saylors Brothers and Sgt. Hack are putting together plans to begin shooting the movie version in 2016. Kyle Saylors was recently named the second unit Director for a new Ashley Judd film.
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- 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the official Vietnam era from August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975.
- 2,709,918 Americans served in uniform in Vietnam.
- Vietnam Veterans represented 9.7% of their generation.
- 240 men were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.
- The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1961. He was with the 509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.
- 58,148 were killed in Vietnam.
- 75,000 were severely disabled.
- 23,214 were 100% disabled.
- 5,283 lost limbs.
- 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.
- Of those killed, 61% were younger than 21.
- 11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.
- Of those killed, 17,539 were married.
- Average age of men killed: 23.1 years.
- Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.
- The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
- As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
- 97% of Vietnam Veterans were honorably discharged.
- 91% of Vietnam Veterans say they are glad they served.
- 74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.
- Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.
- Vietnam veterans’ personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.
- 87% of Americans hold Vietnam Veterans in high esteem.
- There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group (Source: Veterans Administration Study).
- Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison – only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.
- 85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.
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The Light Pole at Portage and Northampton Roads
|Sgt. Hack Recruiter 1970|
One method he tried remains 44 years later to this day, on display for thousands of commuters that travel daily on the Portage Trail West extension. Below is a photo of the poster taken April 18th, 2014 with Sergeant David Hack at the Light Pole on the southeastern corner of Northampton and Portage Trail Roads. Working with the Bob King Sign Company of Akron Ohio, Sergeant Hack, using his own funds created a poster which he glued to this light pole in July 1970.
|Sgt Hack 44 Years Later|
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