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Sunday 9 November 2008: Hamburger Hill

This sign was spotted in Burswood, Perth, of a local fast food facility.

Historically it is remembered for other reasons:

"The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War which was fought between the United States and South Vietnam and North Vietnamese forces from May 10 - May 20, 1969.

Although the heavily fortified Hill 937 was of little strategic value, U.S. command ordered its capture by direct assault.

?Don?t mean nothin?. That was the refrain of the powerful 1987 movie about the battle for Hamburger Hill, more correctly called Ap Bia Mountain or Hill 937.

Many veterans of that May 1969 fight would no doubt agree, since the hill was abandoned to the enemy soon after it was taken.

But the truth is that it was one of the most significant battles of the war, for it spelled the end of major American ground combat operations in Vietnam.

The expenditure of effort at Hamburger Hill exceeded the value the American people attached to the war in Vietnam.

The public had turned against the war a year and a half earlier, and it was their intense reaction to the cost of that battle in American lives, inflamed by sensationalist media reporting, that forced the Nixon administration to order the end of major tactical ground operations."

And much earlier, Fats Domino (1956) recorded a song about Blueberry Hill, and although no connection to Hamburger Hill, to me it has something in common ....?

I found my thrill on blueberry hill
On blueberry hill where I found you
The moon stood still on blueberry hill
And lingered till my dreams came true

The wind in the willow played
Loves sweet melody
But all of those vows we made
Were never to be

Tho were apart youre part of me still
For you were my thrill on blueberry hill.

This song was recorded by numerous well known artists since it had been written in 1940 - amongst them were:

Gene Autry
Glenn Miller
Louis Armstrong
Elvis Presley
Little Richar
Ricky Nelson
Andy Williams
Duane Eddy
Bill Haley & His Comets
Cliff Richard
The Everly Brothers
Led Zeppelin
Jerry Lee Lewis
The Beach Boys
Elton John
The Rolling Stones


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