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Lee Marvin, Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers
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(6/9/2003) This story offers several stunning revelations. First, that a Hollywood actor deserves his final resting place alongside military heroes. Second, that a kid's TV legend was a fearless Marine soldier. Later versions make a third assertion that young America's favorite 'neighbor' was a trained assassin. Story Here
Though rugged actor 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:
Entertainment legends are expected to tell legendary tales. It's possible that Marvin did relate this story, but its also just as likely that it's an urban legend that got attributed to Marvin to make it sound better.
Urban legends that portray childrens' television stars in a situation or profession that is in stark contrast to their on-screen personas are common. Can you imagine dear Captain Kangaroo lying in the sand, clad in fatigues, dragging on a cigarette? Me neither, that's why legends like this endure - shock value.
Newer versions of the Marvin/Keeshan chain above now carry an interesting prologue that suggests another beloved Childrens' TV personality has a dark and deadly secret:
This one is completely the stuff of Urban Legend - The facts do not bear it out. (The same rumor has also been falsely applied to folk singer, John Denver." Rogers was never in the military - let alone a Navy Seal. And, he was born in 1928, so he would've been the oldest sniper in Viet Nam. It's no surprise that this bit of folklore resurfaced in the days following Fred Rogers' death in 2003 - and the Marvin/Keeshan chain seems a logical vehicle to tack it on to. But, to paraphrase an old cliché, two lies do not make a truth. Break this Chain.
For those of you, your children or your grandchildren who grew up with captain Kangaroo and/or Mr. Rogers and thought you knew them quite well, the following may give you a deeper appreciation of their services to us all.
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 Cemetery. His marker gives 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 answer:
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 get 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."
After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and 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.
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