April 20, 2007

Little Known Heros

Posted in little known facts at 1:56 pm by carol

Debunked by Albert Strasser April 23, 2007(wish it were true) 

You Might Not Ever Guess

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 (PFC) 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.

lee marvin

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 be fore 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.”

Captian K

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

Mr R

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

I did not know any of this till today, thought that I would share this with you



  1. wow i never knew any of that! how amazing, thanks for sharing. my dad, bros and uncle and friends are all vets. i’ll pass this on!

  2. Albert Strasser said,

    Sorry to report that the stories about Marvin, Keeshan, and Rogers are complete hoaxes.

    Not only did Fred Rogers never serve in the military, there are no gaps in his career when he could conceivably have served in the military — he went straight into college after high school, he moved directly into TV work after graduating college, and his breaks from television work were devoted to attending the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Child Development. He bore no tattoos on his arms (or any other part of his body). He wore long-sleeved shirts and sweaters on his show to maintain an air of formality Moreover, Fred Rogers was born in 1928 and was therefore too old to have enlisted in the armed services by the time of America’s military involvement in Vietnam.

    * Lee Marvin was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show,” it’s unclear whether the exchange cited in this letter ever took place. What we do know is that the story can’t be true, regardless of whether it was actually ever told. Here are the facts:

    * Bob Keeshan turned 75 on June 27, 2002. The current version of the rumor above had been circulating long before that. This comment has been added by an anonymous forwarder

    * Bob Keeshan and Lee Marvin both served in the Marines, but never together.

    * Marvin was wounded at the battle of Saipan, two months prior to Iwo Jima. He received the Purple Heart, not the Navy Cross, for his injuries. There is no record of him serving at Iwo Jima.

    * Keeshan enlisted in the Marines in June, 1945 – four months after Iwo Jima. He never saw action during the war and never received the Navy Cross.

  3. carol herlihy said,

    Wow! I guess it was too good to be true. Thank You so much for setting me straight. You really did the homework I should have, I will check the facts out in the future.
    Albert, thank you again!
    Keep coming back!
    ; )

  4. carol herlihy said,

    Hey Red,
    Thanks for the great resource!
    Will double check things here too!
    Keep coming back!

  5. karla nathan said,

    thanks, I had never heard that story before and I have loved the Captain all my life!!

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