The Captain Was Courageous

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  1. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
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    (5/14/02 11:06:21 am)
    The Captain Was Courageous
    Never knew this story before....awesome....

    I knew about Lee Marvin, he has always had my
    respect....this is like a Paul Harvey "the rest of the

    The Captain Was Courageous

    Some have been a bit offended that Lee Marvin is
    buried in a grove of 3 and 4 star generals at
    Arlington. 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 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

    And you know how Lee was ... "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 sameday 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.
    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 ...
    '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
    ... Bob Keeshan ...
    You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

    *VMBB Staff*
    Posts: 77
    (5/14/02 8:05:07 pm)

    Re: The Captain Was Courageous
    Now don't that just make the world seem like a smaller place. Who would have ever thought that the jolly ole Captain had was a died in the wool highly decorated combat veteran? Guess it takes all kinds to make this old world go 'round.