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The Captain...

   Discussion: The Captain...
K-Lyn · 17 years ago

So I just read that Captain Kangaroo has passed and my 4 year old self sniffed a tear back.  And wondered how many of you might also have spent your childhood watching this show.

A moment of silence...

Followed by a downpour of ping pong balls...

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years ago

Yeah...when I heard I instantly wanted to have a bucket of pingpong balls to throw around the cube jungle to say g'bye.

Chris "Father" O'Malley · 17 years ago
Captain Kangaroo turned 76 recently, which is odd, because he's never looked a day under 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 did not know the extent of his 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 ass 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 gettin' 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.

 The dumb bastard actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by and mortar rounds landing every where and he stood there as the main target of gun fire 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 (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 sleeve sweater on his show to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. 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 the tattoos and his past life away 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.

Mark Back · 17 years ago
thanks for posting that.... that's an awesome story... makes me miss those guys that much more.
Talcott Back · 17 years ago
Erm, I do like the story, but the Mr. Rogers part at least is an
urban legend. The Captain Kangaroo bits might have some more truth to them though.

They will both be missed regardless...
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years ago
The whole thing is a legend. This is from the NY Times obit:

In 1945, as he completed high school, he enlisted in the Marines, but the war ended before he could be sent into combat. It was just as well. "I was the least aggressive Marine in the history of the Marine Corps," Mr. Keeshan later told Lawrence Laurent of The Washington Post

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