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ronald(Z5 MI)March 7, 2006


Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 at age 76, which is odd, because he always looked to be 76.

(DOB: 6/27/27.) His death reminded me of the following story.

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery. His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor.

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialogue from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was Lee Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima...and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But,Johnny, at Iwo, I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.

That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit

a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, where'd they get you Lee?' Well Bob... if you make

it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!"

Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man

I ever knew.

The Sergeant's name was Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a US Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.

After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.

America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best.

They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.

Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr.Rogers

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Thanks for sharing that Ron. I did not know any of those stories. They all touched me, and they made me think of many other stories there are out there. I travel a lot on my job and in pursuit of my other passion in life; trout fishing. I see men and women in uniform in almost every airport I travel to, but I particularly see many on my trips to Charlotte. Some of these folks are going "over there" (or getting ready to) and a few of them I've met were coming home. I never go by without letting these people know that many people here at home, whom they have never met, care deeply about them, worry for them, wish them a swift and safe return, and thank them for their service. I hope these people never ever want for their fellow Americans respect and concern. And I hope that if you are reading this that you will reach out to these people when you see them in your own life, shake their hand, thank them for the job they do, and let them know in some small but sincere way that you care. You'll be doing that person and yourself a great deal of good in the process.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 10:31PM
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I sent this story to my SO in Iraq and he sent me this link back.

Here is a link that might be useful: fact or fiction

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 8:27AM
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ronald(Z5 MI)

Very interesting. Makes you wonder why people start these stories.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 8:46AM
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lblack61(z5 NY)

I loved Mr. Rogers...I know everyone made fun of him, but I think his love for children and their emotions was truly sincere. I always used to prop my little brother up in front of the TV so he could see "Daniel Tiger".
That's wild about Captain Kangaroo.
Got any stories about Cap'n Krunch??? lol

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 1:55PM
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I don't know how that hoax missed me before you found it Ron. Seems like every other email hoax in the world has no trouble finding me.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 8:22PM
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I just wanted to thank you and anyone else who does stop and say "Thank you" to our service men. My three brothers and nephew are all current National Guardsmen and former Navy sevicemen. It means alot to them that people go out of their way to let them know they are appreciated. Two have served in Iraq, one is there now and my younger brother will go in June. Once my older brother, in uniform, was stopped and asked for his autograph- I came close to breaking down. Other times total strangers have stopped us in restaurants to say "Thanks". It means everything to know that what they are doing is appreciated. I'm not asking anyone to agree to what's going on -just appreciate the fact that someone is willing to lay his or her life on the line so that we can speak our minds. Shannon/Dirtrx

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 9:45PM
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