Johnny Cash’s Son Honors Him With Throwback Air Force Pic on Veteran’s Day

by Samantha Whidden
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On Thursday (November 11th), the son of music legend Johnny Cash took to his Instagram to share a snapshot of his father wearing in his United States Force uniform. This was to honor his late father on Veteran’s Day. 

In the post, Cash’s son wrote, “[Happy Veteran’s Day]! here is a photo of my father Johnny Cash In his [United States Air Force] uniform with his sister and brother Joanne and Tommy. Honor today to all our veterans.”

Johnny Cash notably served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the United States Air Forces Security service at Landsberg, West Germany. During his time in the service, he worked as a Morse code operator and intercepted Soviet Army transmissions. While also in Landsberg, he formed his first band known as The Landsberg Barbarians. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant on July 3, 1954. 

Johnny Cash spoke about his experience in the Air Force by stating, “[It] taught me the things every military service imparts to its enlisted men. Plus one skill that’s pretty unusual: if you ever need to know what one Russian is signaling to another in Morse code, I’m your man.”

Johnny Cash Admitted He Always Knew He wanted to Be a Songwriter & Singer

During an interview with American Songwriter, Johnny Cash stated that by the time he was 12-years-old, he was writing poems, stories, and songs. “I always knew I wanted to be a songwriter and singer. You know, the thing about songwriters, you have to write when the song starts coming. At least, that’s the way it was with me.”

Johnny Cash also revealed at the time he usually wrote half of a song at one sitting. He then went back to it a second and third time to finish it. “If the song is there, it usually doesn’t take me very long to write it. When I start to write, I write enough so that I’ve secured the idea and don’t forget it.”

The singer and songwriter admitted that usually, the first lyrics that he came up with were always the best. He made sure they were down on paper. “Because I start thinking about other lines and I forget them. I make it a point that, no matter how inconvenient it might be, even if I’m in bed, I get up; get a pen and paper; and write it down so I don’t lose it.”

In regards to his hit single The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash added it took him nine months to write it. “I wrote verse after verse. Probably 25 or 30 verses. Before I was satisfied with the verses I wanted to use in the song. It’s the first time I’ve ever overwritten a song. But I felt like it was necessary.”