[StBernard] Why Mr. Rogers Wore A Sweater

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Sun May 13 21:08:30 EDT 2012

Know how some of you admire Mr. Rogers and Cap. Kangaroo: HERE IS WHY THEY
Never Would Have Guessed

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

I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps

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
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

On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who 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

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..
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.

Send this on, will you please? Nothing will happen to you if you don't, but
you will be awakening others to what some HEROS are made of...

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