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Saylors Brothers Ballad of Sgt Hack Video

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.

Erica Lane – Ballad of Sergeant Hack (USWINGS) from Erica Lane Official on Vimeo.

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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What is Agent Orange?

What is Agent Orange?
Agent Orange is one of the defoliants or herbicides used by the U.S. Military as part of its herbicidal warfare program from 1962 until 1971.  During this time period, the United States military sprayed nearly 20,000,000 gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, eastern Laos and part of Cambodia.
Studies have shown that Vietnam Veterans have increased rates of cancer, and nerve, digestive, skin, and respiratory disorders, in particular, higher rates of acute/chronic leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, throat cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, heart disease, soft tissue sarcoma and liver cancer.  The U.S. Veterans Administration has determined that these symptoms may be associated with exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin, and are on the list of conditions eligible for compensation and treatment.
The Agent Orange Veteran Payment Program was created by the resolution of the Agent Orange Product Liability litigation.  A class action lawsuit was brought by Vietnam Veterans and their families regarding health problems as a result of exposure to chemical herbicides used during the Vietnam war.  The suit was brought against the major manufacturers of these herbicides.
The Settlement Fund was distributed to class members in accordance with a distribution plan established by United States District Court Judge Jack. B. Weinstein.  The plan for distributing the Settlement Fund maximized benefits to class members.  The Payment Program operated over a period of six years, beginning in 1988 and concluding in 1994.  The Settlement Fund distributed a total of $197 million in cash payments.  Of the 105,000 claims received, approximately 52,000 Vietnam Veterans or their survivors received cash payments which averaged about $3800 each.
SFC David D. Hack USA (Ret) was exposed to Agent Orange in  his role as a Career Couselor in visiting multiple firebases throughout the First Infantry Division in 1968.  He was verified in 1993.  Listed below are the various documents and forms which attest to his certification and exposure to Agent Orange in his service to the United States Army.

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Sgt. Hack’s US Wings

Sgt. Hack’s US Wings was founded in 1986.  A Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Hack, was a pioneer in “dotcom” commerce eventually obtaining over a million hits, i.e., visits, each month.  It has been featured in numerous magazines, business journals, newsletters, television show, and the Wall Street Journal.  The US Wings customer lists reads like an invitation roster for a red carpet event and includes many U.S. military top brass, Hollywood movie stars, political dignitaries, corporate  CEO’s and working class people all over the world.
Visiting the US WINGS website provides a great adventure in the purchase of a leather bomber or flight jacket and is rich with the ambiance of American military history. There are sections devoted to every type and style of light jacket. Styles can be based on standard military specifications (true to the patterns of the Second World War) as well as modern designs.  The most unenlightened person can quickly learn how to distinguish between a flight jacket and a bomber jacket and know the difference between the A-2 and G-1 flight jackets.
The site links to several prominent military, patriotic, and aviation organizations and even offers it own “Gold Site Award” to other websites that meets its criteria.  Sgt. Hack’s US Wings website is dedicated to preserving the memory of U.S. military artifacts and important American military history.  US Wings is proud to be a Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration and a Grassroots Volunteer for the National Museum of the U.S. Army.
If you’d like to read more, the link is here.

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Where You Served in Vietnam

Where you served in Vietnam during your tour can now be shown to your friends and relatives.  A satellite  map showing all US Forces facilities is now available.  Each location is referenced at:
A list of all US Bases and fire-bases is located on the left side of the page. Clicking on the name will then highlight the location on the map.  You can then enlarge the selection to it in great detail.  How many times have you wanted to be able to show your friends and relatives Where you served in Vietnam?
The following information is presented “as is” as a public service.
  • 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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Credit: Capt. Marshal Hanson, USNR (Ret.) and Capt. Scott Beaton, Statistical Source
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Sgt. Hack & The Light Pole at Portage and Northampton Roads

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
Sgt. David Hack, a young maverick Army Recruiter, opened a new recruiting office in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio in July 1970.  Eager to continue his success as the #1 Recruiter in the United States, Sgt. David Hack created many new untried methods of reaching potential enlistee’s.
The poster is still visible. This novel approach coupled with “ Sgt. Hack Wants You for the US Army” T shirts, custom painted vehicles: a 1960 Corvette and a M151 US Army Jeep, and NHRA and AHRA affiliations, Sgt Hack maintained his position as the # 1 Recruiter in the country until his retirement as SFC David Hack.
The M151 Army Jeep, affectionately known as the HACKMOBILE, can be seen at the Don F. Pratt Museum at Ft. Campbell Kentucky.  Sgt. Hack was the Recruiter of Choice for the 101st Airborne and the HACKMOBILE was designed after their representations.
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50th Vietnam War Anniversary Interview with Sgt. Hack

Veterans Radio Network sponsored a Vietnam 50th Anniversary Interview with SFC David HackUSA (Ret), Lt. General Robert Wagner USA (Ret) and Major Bill Willoughby USA (Ret), Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, at US Wings corporate office.

To listen click on:  https://youtu.be/tVkXtIVkLWw

Host Gary Lillie, a former Navy SeaBee and Vietnam veteran speaks to Sgt. Hack, Lt. Gen. Bob Wagner and Bill Willoughby about their experience in Vietnam.  Sgt. Hack was with the 1st Division as a Career Counselor and the NCOIC for General Keith Ware.  Lt. Gen. Bob Wagner arrived in Vietnam as a new Lieutenant recently graduated from West Point.   Major Bill Willoughby was with the Special Forces.
A fascinating recollection of three men’s sacrifice and duty to their country. 

Sgt Hack & Gen. Wagner
Major Bill Willoughby

Veterans from all over northern Ohio visited US Wings for the first 50th Anniversary Rally held in Ohio.   Many veterans groups, and the United States Army Recruiting Command had displays. The day was concluded with the parachute landing of the American Flag and the POW Flag.

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Sgt. Hack: The Army’s Best Recruiter

Sgt Hack Wants you for the U.S. Army!  This was the mantra of SFC David D. Hack in the early 70′s as he was tasked with recruiting soldiers during the Vietnam war.  His recruiting territory consisted of Akron and surrounding area’s including Kent Ohio home of Kent State University.  Realizing that he needed to be very creative in reaching our nations teens he stepped outside the norm and found ways to reach his kids.

Hack paid $600 for a 1960 Corvette and painted it red, white and blue with stars and reproduced Uncle Sam’s “I want You” poster on the car. He set off the car’s reupholstered bucket seats with brass Army uniform buttons.
Because of the success of the Uncle Sam picture, Hack  added a twist by imprinting several hundred T-shirts with the poster. But instead of saying “I Want You,” Uncle Sam said “Sergeant Hack Wants You.” Hack gave away several hundred before a local marketing firm began selling them. Hack again paid for everything with money out of his pocket.

“The jeep, Corvette, posters and T-shirts were common sense,” Hack explained. “They were nothing fancy. We didn’t have the flag-waving image that we have today. Back then you were making the hardest sale in the world — someone’s life. People were saying they weren’t going into the service and were going to Canada instead.
“Again, they interested people enough that I could at least talk with them. For example, one guy had been called for his pre-induction draft physical. I got his name and called him up. The guy hung up on me. But when I went out to his house in the Corvette, he loosened up and eventually enlisted.”
Sgt. Hack was The Innovator of his time in the military.  For three years, 1970-1973, Sgt. Hack was the #1 Recruiter in the United States military.  Many of the marketing efforts he developed are now duplicated by all the services today in their efforts to recruit soldiers for our military.
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