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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I had forgotten the Lee Marvin & Bob Keeshan part of this posting...
But I learned something new with the second part of this posting..
The things you find in your inbox that your friends are willing to share.
My Niece Marcia sent this to me.. I think she was sending me a hidden message.

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 Marine 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.

Dialog 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 Jima, 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 is Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

On another note, there was this wimpy little man 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 U.S. 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, he also dedicated 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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  • JIBBIE49
    28 days ago
    Thank you. The Lee Marvin story I'd heard, but not about Bob Keeshan and definitely not about Mr. Rogers!

    In response to an earlier comment: with all the school shootings, I think teachers fall into the high risk category.

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    29 days ago
    All men I grew up watching without ever realizing their contributions and true worth.
    30 days ago
    I knew that about Fred Rogers but not Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan. Thanks. Yes, we should that all military, law enforcement, and firefighters for what they do for all of us.
    30 days ago

    Many are putting their lives on the line on a daily basis "TODAY" for the rest of us... in the...

    Military, Firemen (paid and volunteer departments), Police Officers

    There may be other professions that are high risk and not within these three classifications.
    but at this moment in time none come to my mind.

    30 days ago
    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. It is a reminder and should not come as a surprise - we should have expected such from the likes of men in that era of our history. Many served quietly but nevertheless earned our gratitude.
    30 days ago
    Some people are concerned about the rank where they are placed - Wow emoticon

    LOL, yes Captain Kangaroo always looked old

    30 days ago
    Awesome post!

    I knew about Lee Marvin. But quite a gentle turnabout for Bob Keeshan and Fred Rogers!
    30 days ago
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