Nov 6th – A Music and Movie Tribute to our Veterans, Cobb Civic Center, Marietta GA (General Admission $10)

Join the Tunnel Rats Band to help support our Veterans! The Tunnel Rats will be performing at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater for the GVVA Fundraiser: A Music and Movie Tribute to our Veterans – See the details below.

GVVA Event November 6



Reserve your seat:

General Admission: $10.00
Veterans and Seniors (62+): $5.00
Children 12 and under: Free

Company Sponsorship

The Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance, Chapter 1, is seeking Company Sponsorships to benefit the Colonel Al Rowe Holiday Food Program

Download Company Sponsorship Form: Music and Movie Tribute to Our Veterans – Donation Form

Sponsorship Request Letter:

Nov 3rd – Giving Thanks for Those Who Served, United Military Care, Marietta, GA

Banner for United Military Care - Giving Thanks for Those Who Served

The Tunnel Rats will perform for the United Military Care event, Giving Thanks to Those Who Served, from 11:00am until 1:30pm at the United Military Care facility, 1220 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30062.

This is a free event. Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves, and ponchos for homeless Veterans are appreciated.

Join us for hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by our very own Vet-Chefs while you listen to great musical entertainment. You have the chance to sit and talk with Veterans from World War II through Present Day and show thanks for everyone that has served! Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves and ponchos will be accepted to help homeless Veterans over the winter months.

Oct 6th – 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation & Education Day, Murphy NC

The Tunnel Rats returned to the Band of Brothers Veterans Park in Murphy, NC, to perform from 12:45 to 1:45 for the 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation & Education Day hosted by the Cherokee County (NC) School System and Sheriff’s Department.  If you are ever in the area, you want to visit this amazing Veterans Park.


Band of Brothers Veteran’s Park 430 Carriage Lane Murphy, NC 28906

Program Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM – Presentation of colors, Prayer, Pledge, National Anthem, opening remarks
  • 10:30 to 11:45 – Rogers Family Gospel Band
  • 11:00 ish – Grilling hamburgers and other goodies
  • 12:00 Noon – Parachute Jumpers
  • 12:45 to 1:45 – The Tunnel Rats Band  <– NEW TIME
  • 2:00 to 3:00 – Hayes Family Gospel Band

Sept 2nd 10:00am – Heritage Festival in Blairsville

The Tunnel Rats performing at Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. August 26, 2017
The Tunnel Rats, Blairsville, GA. August 26, 2017

The Tunnel Rats Band performed at the Annual Heritage Festival in Blairsville, GA September 1st, and 2nd.  They enjoyed jamming at the Seasons Inn on Friday night, and outside The Hole In The Wall – a local eatery – on Saturday and Sunday.  The band took the stage at the Heritage Festival on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.

“We know we have hit the mark when someone in the audience takes the time after the show to come up to members of the band to say thank you, and share how the songs touched them.”

Heritage Festival

August 25 – A Salute to Vietnam Veterans – Cobb Civic Center

The Tunnel Rats were honored to perform for Vietnam Veterans, their families and friends as the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce recognized Vietnam veterans in the Cobb County area. The Tunnel Rats set up outside and played from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.

Enjoy the slide show:

Tunnel Rats performing a crowd pleaser:

August 20, 4:00pm to 6:00pm – Purple Heart Cruise Fundraiser at Semper Fi Bar and Grille

The Tunnel Rats performed at the Purple Heart Cruise Fundraiser on Monday, August 20, 2018, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Semper Fi Bar & Grille.

The Purple Heart Cruise is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds giving wounded service men and women respite from their long journey through injury and rehabilitation.

The cruise invites wounded warriors and their caregivers get away, if just for a week.

Join us, other veterans, and the community in supporting this worthy cause.


August 9, 10, – Misawa USAF Security Service Reunion

Members of the Misawa USAF Security Service held their 2018 reunion in Branson, MO, August 8 – 12, 2018.

Tunnel Rat band member, Harold Hollingshed, served at Misawa Air Force base in the USAFSS during the Cold War. He and his fellow Tunnel Rats band members traveled to Branson and entertained the group with an impromptu jam Thursday night and on stage Friday evening, August 10th.

See pictures of the event in our Flickr Album


United States Air Force Intelligence

Recognizing the growing importance of electronic intelligence following World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, the United States Air Force established the USAF Security Service (USAFSS) in 1947 which evolved to the current Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AF ISR) Agency.

Unable to speak about the specifics of their work, veteran, Russ Butcher describes their service best in his poem:

Silent Warriors
by Russ Butcher

What is the make-up of this breed,
these strange and special few?
Where do they come from, year-on-year?
What is it that they do?

They are like shadows in the night
or vapor in the air,
so seldom seen and rarely heard
but rest assured, they’re there

They come not from a single place,
they come from far and wide,
the open plains, the city streets,
the rural countryside

They are the farmer’s little boy,
the girl who lived next door,
the uncle of a high school friend
who gave his life at war

They are the barber’s youngest child
who heard his country call,
or friends with whom we laughed and sipped
whose names are on “THE WALL”

And what they do, you needn’t ask
for none will ever tell,
in silence based on “need to know”
they proudly serve so well

They’re much the same as all before
who vanquished freedom’s foe,
they are the ones who fuel the fire
which keeps THE TORCH aglow.

Learn more about the USAF Security Service history and the “Misawa Family.”

July 28, 5:00 pm – SSgt Jensen Memorial Ride Fundraiser

Ssgt Jensen Memorial Ride Fundraiser-Flyer-TR

Marine SSgt Justin Alan Jensen was killed in an automobile accident in Murphy, NC. He leaves behind a wife and seven children. The Tunnel Rats Band assisted with Raffle Ticket sales in the Woodstock area, and performed at the Memorial Ride & Fundraiser on Saturday, July 20th, at the River’s Edge Campground, Hwy 64, Murphy, NC . There is a Go Fund Me page set up to help his family handle the financial hardships from such a devastating loss.

For The Tunnel Rats, supporting their community is more than performing alone. It means helping other veterans and their families in need.


Harold Hollingshed presented checks from GVVA Chapter 1, Walt Cusick, Jr. – American Legion Post 29 Commander, John Bevich – GVVA Chapter 1 Treasurer, as well as donations from the staff at Semper Fi Bar & Grille, and other veterans from the Woodstock, GA area.






Kudos to those who supported such a great cause.







Visit our Flickr Album for more pictures