Worth reading over.
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
I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his
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, he 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 US. 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
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.