John Robert “Saigon” Mallernee

John Robert Mallernee

John is an “undiscovered” amateur singer/songwriter, and resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

The son of a career soldier, John proudly carried on his family’s tradition and honorably served in Indo-China with the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles”. Trained in communications repair, military police patrol, and as a cavalry scout, John was stationed in Germany, Vietnam, and Korea, and also visited Japan, Thailand, Israel, and Australia. After military service, he was employed as a peace officer, firefighter, and emergency medical technician. Licensed as KB3KWS, John owns a Kenwood TR-2500 hand-held two-meter transmitter, and belongs to the Green Mountain Repeater Association.

John considers is a special pleasure and honor for the opportunity to have served on the committee which erected the Vietnam Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he makes a point of inviting everyone to visit it.

A convert in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the so-called “Mormon” Church), John served an unorthodox full-time mission protecting a cattle ranch in Utah. Of Highlander descent, he is the official bard of Clan Henderson, and struggle to teach himself a wee bit of Gaelic. John has composed numerous Country/Western/Folk ballads, both lyrics and melody, which he performs “by ear”, accompanying himself on guitar, and has authored several stories for children about “Ringo”, a genuine border collie dog presently living on an authentic Western cattle ranch.

Index of Club Writings

Webmaster’s Note: Having had the distinct and singular pleasure of visiting and staying with John at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington DC on my trip to America in June/July 2004, I have heard John sing and commend his voice and lyrics to all and sundry. Were it within the bounds of my resources to assist John to produce a CD to record his songs, I would do so without second thought.