In Case You Didn't Know the Rest of the Story
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 his Corps experiences.
In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the
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
"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
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 got 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
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 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