John Fogerty Shares Throwback Veteran’s Day Photo from His Days in the Army

by Matthew Memrick

“Fortunate Son” singer John Fogerty had some words for veterans this week while sharing a throwback Army photo.

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival star completed his active duty training in July 1967 and went to the Army as a part-time reservist until his 1968 discharge. After his release, he rejoined his band, the Golliwogs. That band soon changed its name, and John Fogerty took over lead singing duties from his brother. 

Fogerty is on tour with his family band, will perform Friday in Atlantic City, N.J., and Saturday in Mashantucket, Conn.

A Longtime Veterans Supporter

Fogerty just released a new concert film that donates time and money to veteran causes, including Veterans Village in Las Vegas.

The singer is sharing his time and donating to veterans. He first received a touching letter from the veterans compound asking for his help.

Fogerty’s Woodstock revival performance, a show that didn’t happen, came with money, so he took those funds and gave them to the veterans association. For his help, they named the veterans home after Fogerty.

Veterans Village offers affordable-housing residences made of refurbished ocean shipping containers.

Fogerty is also donating money from a past Red Rocks concert video titled “50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks.”  

Fogerty’s ‘Fortunate Son’ Patriotic Version 

In October, the singer came together with the Six-String Soldiers for a patriotic version of Fogerty’s hit, “Fortunate Son.”

The Army band met up with the singer and his crew at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

While the politically-charged song is still popular with patriotic rallies, it was initially an anti-establishment song of defiance. Basically, it was anti-war but was supportive of the soldiers fighting there.

The website Songfacts said CCR bandmembers John Fogerty and Doug Clifford enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1966 to avoid being drafted and shipped to Vietnam.  

At the time, Fogerty told a reporter that the song “speaks more to the unfairness of class than war itself. It’s the old saying about rich men making war and poor men having to fight them.”

Fogerty performed the song in 2014 at the White House as part of A Salute to the Troops concert. PBS televised the show the next day before Veteran’s Day. 

The musician didn’t know how well the song would chart at the event. He knew the event was for military personnel, but Fogerty said many veterans reacted well to it. 

More Charity Concerts From Fogerty

The singer’s currently on tour, and later this month, he’ll be performing in Florida to support the children frontline and first-responders who died from COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Three concerts in Tampa (Nov. 20), Estero (Nov. 21), and Orlando (Nov. 23) will benefit Ft. Myers-based The Charity Pros.