4888 posts
8/17/2006 1:58 pm

You Might Not Ever Guess... makes you wonder.. who are the bloggers here..I think there may be sooo many heros in this friendly site

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 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 (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.

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat

rm_cru1972 46M
4407 posts
8/19/2006 12:46 am

Thaank you for reaffirming the fact that people do care about our service. At one of my bases, I was a neighbor to Mr. Rodgers grandson, He told me that Mr. was exactly the same on tv as he was in RL. He never knew if his Grandpa was in the service or not.

SacredStarDance replies on 8/19/2006 9:12 am:
wow.. his own grand son did not know.... wow..

and Sir.. we do appreiciate your time serves.. and you just being the wonderful person you are

SpaceRangerNJ 56M
4687 posts
8/18/2006 9:10 am

Those were great stories. True heros indeed.
There are lots of unsung heros. A comedian I think once made refrence to the single mother that works two jobs to support her family and other such folks that give there all getting up each day and doing what it takes. I like the thought of them being heros as well.
I always wave or beep at military convoys and give a thumbs up.
Sometimes say thanks for serving to someone with a veterans hat on or some other indication of being in the military.

SacredStarDance replies on 8/18/2006 11:39 am:
many hero's in many ways.. small or big.. appreciated from this chic

goodatpoetry2 68M
16569 posts
8/17/2006 9:58 pm

That was an amazing post.

SacredStarDance replies on 8/18/2006 7:03 am:
glad you enjoyed.. I thought it was worth passing around

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
8/17/2006 8:04 pm

What a great post Mrsmuff. I didn't know any of this....but somehow, it doesn't really surprise me. There are heros all around us.....we just have to open our eyes and ears.

SacredStarDance replies on 8/17/2006 9:23 pm:
I bet we have many here in blogville.. your one of my heros

ZZ_Todd 60M

8/17/2006 6:26 pm

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Rogers when I was in college... him being from Pittsburgh and all. We stood in the hallway of WQED-TV just talking like two regular people... he was so humble, so intelligent... I never knew this other side of him that you just shared. Yes, so many un-sung heroes... too many hero wanna-be's.

SacredStarDance replies on 8/17/2006 7:52 pm:
Gives a entire new view of Mr. Rogers and the capt...Even though I have read this many years ago.. I always wonder who I meet that has a hero past that dosent brag about it.. then yes you meet the ones that all they do is brag.. but hey at least they have somthing to brag about
thanks for coming by

JuicyBBW1001 56F

8/17/2006 3:57 pm

    Quoting SacredStarDance:
    I just copied and posted this.. did not list author.. so author unknown to me..
    Just thought is was wonderful nuff to share and remind us of all the silent hero's we have out there..
I thought it was nice was not pokin fun just saying I agree. I cut and paste too when my mind draws a blank. Did Mr forward some mail to you??


SacredStarDance replies on 8/17/2006 9:25 pm:
yes mamn.. i got it.. thank you.. going to use it


8/17/2006 3:55 pm

I just copied and posted this.. did not list author.. so author unknown to me..
Just thought is was wonderful nuff to share and remind us of all the silent hero's we have out there..

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat

JuicyBBW1001 56F

8/17/2006 3:26 pm

Covers fade with time the meaning of the story on the pages last forever. As does the character of the writer. An orginial thought by this old cover.


SacredStarDance replies on 8/17/2006 3:53 pm:
thanks.. not sure who the author is.. i thought it was wonderful nuff to share...

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