About the Korean war. Written for a couple who lost a son there and were too old to make a new one.
As witnessed by a minor release on Bounty in the mid-60s, this song was already cut by Adams during their European stay in Milan, Italy ca. 1957. Derroll neglected to secure his copyright, reason why the Kingston Trio credited themselves.
Derroll Adams was a real character, who never even attempted to reclaim his lawfull rights on this song. Portland Town sung by the Kingston Trio in '62 doesn't mention any war aspects, but does repeat a few lines from Derroll's song. Credited however solely to John Stewart.