You would never of guessed
Captain Kangaroo passed away on Jan. 23rd of 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) and 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. "Lee, I'll bet alot 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."
Lee said, "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 fetting 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 by 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."
Lee continued, "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 (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 the 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 earn our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy. Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in the 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. Take time to thank other heroes among us. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers.
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04-02-2008, 03:26 PM #1
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HERO/true character of man. Restofthestory
04-02-2008, 04:05 PM #2
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04-02-2008, 04:07 PM #3
Got this in an email a while back and actually checked into it. All of this is true and pretty neat information.Jason Knecht
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04-02-2008, 07:41 PM #4
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Mister Rogers in Vietnam. Jerry Mathers (the beaver) dying in Vietnam. Don't know what to believe as rumors turn to facts. Godsend thanks for the update. Was good reading, however.
04-02-2008, 08:16 PM #5
One of the surprises in his obit was Don Adams (aka Maxwell Smart). He joined the U.S. Marines in the early days of World War II, saw combat in the invasion of Guadalcanal and was the only survivor of his platoon. He contracted blackwater fever and nearly died, remaining hospitalized for more than a year. After his recovery he served as a drill instructor.
You just can't picture him barking orders at recruits. But he did.
The Marvin story about Captain Kangaroo is also an urban legend. Marvin was wounded on Saipan, not Iwo Jima. Keeshan did join the USMC but never saw overseas duty.
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