Song of the Day: “Hogan’s Heroes March”

John Banner, who played Sergeant Hans Schultz on the 1965-1971 TV series Hogan’s Heroes, would be 111 today. Sadly, he died on his 63rd birthday. "Hogan’s Heroes March" was written by Jerry Fielding, who added the lyrics for the 1966 album Hogan’s Heroes Sing The Best Of World War II on which costars Robert Clary, Richard Dawson, Ivan Dixon and Larry Hovis sang and Bob Crane (who played Hogan) played the drums.

13 thoughts on “Song of the Day: “Hogan’s Heroes March”

  1. Such a great show. Another slice in time. You always post the most interesting tidbits and I appreciate that so much. John Banner was a great actor.


  2. This was such a fun show and never knew they came out with an album. When Banner passed away. Not many family members were around so the yearly fee to keep his grave marker up went and others were buried on top of him. Thankfully, I think someone decided he needed a grave marker and paid for it t9 be reinstated. Robert Clary is the last surviving member and he was a real life concentration camp survivor because he is Jewish.


    1. Clary was able to live through his time in a concentration camp becaue he was an entertainer and would entertain the Nazis working the camp. Sad that the rest of his family died in other camps. Banner lost a lot of family to the Nazis as well. Both he and Leon Askin were supply sergeants, Banner in the Army, Askin in the Army Air Force.

      The story of him getting a new grave marker reminds me of my mother. My grandmother and her sister were both buried with their parents, but didn’t have their names on the headstone, so she paid to have it done. That was one of the great things about Mom.


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