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He’s 1-A in the Army, and He’s A-1 in My Heart

Updated: May 4


“He’s 1-A in the Army, and he’s A-1 in my heart. He’s gone to help the country that helped to get him a start.” Those are the words to a World War II classic. The lyrics were meant to assure the serviceman that he was loved, appreciated, and, most importantly, not forgotten. It was performed by many during the war, including Martha Tilton with the Billy May Orchestra, Anita Boyer with the Edwin Ludwig Orchestra, and Helen Forrest with the Harry James Orchestra. Go back in time with this clip!

“As a post-Thanksgiving treat, we have some special music tonight,” the program director announced in a deep voice. “Our own local Willie Harold’s Band is going to perform for us some of our favorite patriotic tunes.”

“He’s 1-A in the Army, and he’s A-1 in my heart. He’s gone to help the country that helped to get him a start. I love him so, because I know he wants to do his part. He’s 1-A in the Army and A-1 in my heart,” Ava sang into the microphone, and the band delivered the patriotic song requested.

Songbird, Chapter 52


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