You Would Never Have Guessed

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  1. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    This was e mailed to me, I don't know if this was ever posted here though I found it very humbling. So I thought I would share.

    >>> You Would Never Have Guessed
    >>>
    >>> Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 as 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.
    >>>
    >>> 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 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 be fore 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 (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 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
    >>> 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
     
  2. cook

    cook New Member

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    Great read,but unfortunatley...according to another site...not entirerly true