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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,
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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Great history about three amazing people LT.
 

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I thought it was pretty cool too! :D
 

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I have been familiar with the urban legends of the WWII heroism of these children's TV legends and they are truly feel good stories. Too bad they do not stand up to the light of day.
Unfortunately there are many internet fact checkers who claim and cite statistics and references that Fred Rogers has no tattoos and was never a Seal, Lee Marvin never served on Iwo Jima since he was hospitalized at the time from wounds received in the Battle of Saipan. Further Bob Keeshan ( Capt. Kangaroo) never saw combat having enlisted too late to serve overseas.
Sorry guys. I too felt much better believing the urban legends.
I will still revere Mr.Roger's sweater on display at the Smithsonian though.:rolleyes:
However there still are real heroes out there living quietly amongst us. So do not lose hope nor faith in your fellow man.
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I have been familiar with the urban legends of the WWII heroism of these children's TV legends and they are truly feel good stories. Too bad they do not stand up to the light of day.
Unfortunately there are many internet fact checkers who claim and cite statistics and references that Fred Rogers has no tattoos and was never a Seal, Lee Marvin never served on Iwo Jima since he was hospitalized at the time from wounds received in the Battle of Saipan. Further Bob Keeshan ( Capt. Kangaroo) never saw combat having enlisted too late to serve overseas.
Sorry guys. I too felt much better believing the urban legends.
I will still revere Mr.Roger's sweater on display at the Smithsonian though.:rolleyes:
However there still are real heroes out there living quietly amongst us. So do not lose hope nor faith in your fellow man.
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How disappointing...

You know I like to post interesting little tidbits, I'm sorry that wasn't one.:(
 

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When my Daughter was still on childrens books, she read a lot of them by a man named Roald Dahl. Turns out he was a WW2 fighter pilot for the RAF. He wound up crashing in Libya and couldn't fly any longer. He eventually started writing short stories then wrote other works like James and the giant peach, Charlie and the chocolate factory and many others.
 

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Jimmy Stewart was a pilot in the 8th Air Force and flew combat mission piloting a B-17 and a B-24. And Clark Gable ended up gunnery instructor on a B-17 but first flew his required number of missions before being sent back to the US.
i had two great uncles that flew in B-17s over the hump. wish i could have heard some of their stories, but they were both very kind and humble men.
 
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