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This is too good not to pass on......

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.) It 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
is Corps experiences.

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the time of
war, 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 heck 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

Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name was 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

After the war, Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister
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.

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I also got the information from my son that this was not true. I can't believe he even researched it. I would imagine it's because he wasn't ever a fan of either of these shows.
Sorry I sent out incorrect information. It came from a friend I consider to be reliable. I've sent her the "other side of the story".
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