Last week I blogged about People magazine while poking a bit of fun at celebrities. Well, here’s a lil’ sumtin’ sumtin’ someone just sent to me which I thought was kinda interesting.
In the middle of the last century 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, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.
The following conversation is taken from “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”… his guest, Lee Marvin…
Johnny: “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 Crossand were severely wounded.”
Lee: “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?” I told him.
“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, Bob Keeshan.
You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo.”