Why Mister Rodgers Wore a Sweater

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by doctherock, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Never Would Have Guessed


    WHY MR. ROGERS WORE
    A SWEATER?





    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 (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 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, 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, before he passed away, there was this wimpy little man
    on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers was
    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. 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..

    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


    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..
     
  2. WDbeej

    WDbeej New Member

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    I love a good story, but this one is too good. snopes.com: Captain Kangaroo and Lee Marvin
    Not true about Capt. Kanga and Lee. Neither were on Iwo, Marvin was shot on Saipan and never received the Navy Cross. He did get a Purple Heart fro being shot in the buttocks.
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I don't know whether it's fake or not but's it's a great story either way. Thanks for sharing and thank you to all our troops for the great service you have done for our country.
     
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  4. WDbeej

    WDbeej New Member

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    Oops, Snopes discredits the Mr Rogers' story also. He never served in the military and he was not tatted at all.
     
  5. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Dammit it all to hell man, it was a great story.
     
  6. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Kind of makes me sad it was fake. It would be amazing if it was true. It still sends a great message though.
     
  7. Ubergopher

    Ubergopher New Member

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    Why make stuff like that up when there are plenty of other good ones out there? For example Jason Cunningham, Brad Smith, John Chapman, Neil Roberts, and I could keep on going, and they're just all in THIS war. Or hell, George Bush (the first) from WW2... Or Robin Olds (WW2 and Vietnam) I can keep going all day if you'd like mentioning real heros that deserve to have their REAL stories told who are fading into obscurity partly due to time but also due to being overshadowed by made up stories about celebrities.
     
  8. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    How about Audie Murphy?
     
  9. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    I could write a book about a man named Virgil Dunagan, fought in all the major European battles, froze his ass off at the battle of the bulge and came home to raise a family and lived to be 89 years old.
     
  10. Marlinman

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    Most people also dont know that don knotts was a decorated usmc drill instructor either but he was. As to mr snopes-i dont believe it becuase somewhere on paris island there is a picture of lee marvin on iwo's shore. I know it is because i have personally seen that picture. Was he at saipan? More than likely. Did he get wounded there? Probably.
     
  11. winds-of-change

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    I think most any war vet can tell us stories of bravery and courage. I can think of many that I admire for what they have done and it's not something that would ever make the newspapers. There are heroes everywhere.
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Dang, that would be cool. Now I want to see Mr. Rogers with his shirt off. :eek: :D
     
  13. c3shooter

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    Folks, there are more legends out there than you can shake a stick at.

    Don Knotts was not a USMC DI. He was drafted into the US ARMY in 1943. He was an entertainer before being drafted, was assigned to a special services unit (NOT Special Forces). Unit entertained the troops in the Pacific theatre.

    However, take a look at (Commando) David Niven, (General) Jimmy Stewart, and any number of others.
     
  14. IGETEVEN

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    Speaking of Special Forces....

    The late actress/comedian Martha Raye, was made an honorary member of the Special Forces units because she spent great lengths of time entertaining the units and often assisted in helping the wounded in Viet Nam, using her training as a nurse.

    "She received her Green Beret and title of Lieutenant Colonel from President Lyndon Johnson. Nicknamed “Colonel Maggie” by the troops, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest commendation for civilians, in 1993. In honor of her service to the military special exception was made to policy so that she could be buried in the military cemetery at Fort Bragg."

    Martha Raye (1916 - 1994) - Find A Grave Memorial

    HOOAH!

    :cool:
     
  15. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    I wonder when this story will finally die a deserved death.
     
  16. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I know there are many people out there like that, it's just the thought of Mr. Rogers being a highly trained SEAL and then turning into a quiet, calm man who no one would ever suspect had ever even been in a fist fight before that I think would be amazing. I know there are probable several people out there that have done this, and they are truly heros.

    Troll going away- ModWhat?
     
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  17. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Quoted post deleted by ModSpammer or a troll
     
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  18. MrWray

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    The bridge called- they are missing their troll.......... Mod

    You just said it..
     
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    Quote from troll removed by Mod
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    No troll zone
     
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  20. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Thank you on someone else noticing this