Echoes of the Vietnam War

EP75: Front Man

Release Date: May 23, 2024

Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Wall” was inspired, in large part, by a musician he idolized in his youth. Walter Cichon was the front man for a band called the Motifs, who were taking the New Jersey shore by storm in mid-to-late 1960’s. Walter’s voice was forever silenced in Vietnam when he was just 21 years old, but his indomitable spirit lives on through those who knew him — including, to a surprising degree, The Boss himself.

Walter Cichon is honored on panel 47E, line 9 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

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Show Notes

Bruce Springsteen —”The Wall” (Charlotte, NC, 04/19/14)

Walter Cichon — The Wall of Faces

The Motifs — “Molly”

The Motifs — “If I Gave You Love”

Bruce Springsteen idolized these Jersey brothers. Then one was killed in Vietnam. (The Washington Post, 12/15/18)

Springsteen honors musical role model (Asbury Park Press, 08/18/14)

Stormin’ Norman Seldin

National League of Families of American Prisoners & Missing in Southeast Asia

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