He came home with battle scars and the Silver Star. Buddy Holly, Richardson and Ritchie Valens all died in a crash near Clear Lake Iowa.
The last line points out this song is for all the heroes and All-American Kids that did not come home. This would inspire Don Mc Lean to write and record the song American Pie - song #44 on this list, This song tells the story of a deceased soldier, his honor and sacrifice to and for his country.
The circumstances and location of his son's death are not in the song.
It is a God and Country tune of some controversy Supporters of prayer in schools and believers in a strong tie between religion and patriotism felt that the song had been banned from radio by "Political Correctness" zealots.
This list is for the person who is interested in patriotic songs.