I remember the song but did thought of it more as a love song and only in that way (a loved one going off to the VN war) related it to VN. But then, I knew it was written by John Denver (a guy) so it wouldn't have made a lot of sense (back then at least) that a guy would be singing "kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you'll wait for me..." to a soldier (we didn't have female soldiers back then) going off to VN.
No, I never associated it with Vietnam. We typically sent our men, including me, on that senior trip. When the song opens it is Mary who has her bags packed, it is Mary who hates to wake you up. So no, I took it as some other sort of separation, perhaps college.
No, I don't think so. It is to bad that during this period so much in the public eye was connected to things that I wanted to avoid and distance myself from. The things that seemed to me to be in vogue and popular were contradictory to what I had been taught were decent and acceptable. I , at this time, kinda developed a dislike of anything that was thought to be hip and cool. I guess people like me belong out on a ranch in a remote area where they can insulate themselves from the public and the perceived spin, down the drain and into the sewer.
I was in the Army in '67. I remember the song but I didn't associate the song with 'Nam. PP & M was a folk group and it seemed that most folk groups were anti-war and also anti-military, at least in their selection of songs.
It reminds me of K. Lynn who use to lay on her bed looking out the window singing it in such a dreamy voice---I thought she was smoking but the memory must be wrong cause Ma would have nailed both of us to the wall.