Veteran Recalls Toby Keith Performing For Troops Overseas During Rocket Fire: “Hey Al Qaeda, You Missed”

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God bless Toby Keith.

The country music legend passed away yesterday at the age of 62, and tributes have been pouring in for the Big Dog Daddy since his family broke the death of his early this morning.

One thing Toby is being remembered for is his fierce love of his country, as well as his unwavering support for the men and women of the military. Toby partnered closely with the USO, and spent a lot of time overseas performing for our heroes in uniform.

And one veteran took to Twitter (or X, whatever) to share a memory that he had of Toby Keith during one of those performances.

According to the story shared by a veteran named Steve, Toby was performing in Iraq back in 2010 on one of his USO tours when indirect fire began coming into the base during his set.

The alarms began sounding to let everybody know about the incoming fire, and those in attendance got down to take cover from the rockets.

After the explosions in the background, which Steve said “probably just hit the airfield,” had ceased, Toby got back on stage – with a message for those who were firing at our troops:

“Hey Al Qaeda, you missed.”

Steve said that the laughter in the room “could probably be registered on the Richter scale,” and expressed his appreciation for Toby and all he’s done for our men and women in uniform:

“This one stings me personally because he did more for Veterans and outreach than I think even our federal government has.”

And he ends with a sentiment that I think most normal people can agree on:

“To the ones mocking his death, sincerely go f*ck yourselves.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

God bless Toby Keith, and God bless all the men and women fighting to keep us free.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock