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Posted: 4/30/2002 11:24:30 AM EDT
Lee Marvin Story! From Charlie Cutshaw, Writer for Jane's Defense and Consultant for CTS/USDL LEE MARVIN (MY PERSONAL HERO) AND HIS NAVY CROSS As most of you may know, Lee Marvin was a Marine grunt who participated in every amphibious landing in the Pacific during World War II. That he survived was a miracle. The following was after he became a famous movie star. - Dialog From a Tonight Show Episode ... 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." 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 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. That Sergeant and I have been life long 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." [img]http://www.classthreesupply.com/photos/Bob%20Keeshan.jpg[/img] They should've known better than mess with Capt. Kangaroo!!
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:27:16 AM EDT
I never knew that about either of the men. Good story.
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:28:06 AM EDT
FALSE. From Snopes: Claim: Lee Marvin, actor, and Bob Keeshan, television's "Captain Kangaroo," fought together at the battle for Iwo Jima. Status: False. Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002] Tonight Show... 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." 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 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. That Sgt. and I have been life long friends...When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sgt. 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...Sgt. Keeshan was the bravest man I ever Knew - Bob Keeshan.... You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo." Origins: We can't say for sure whether Lee Marvin ever told the story described above to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show (Marvin was a guest on the show seven times during Carson's tenure as host), but the details of the anecdote are undeniably false. Lee Marvin did enlist in the U.S. Marines and saw action in the Pacific during World War II, and he was wounded (in the buttocks) by fire which severed his sciatic nerve. However, this injury occurred during the battle for Saipan in June 1944, not the battle for Iwo Jima, which took place several months later in February 1945. Bob Keeshan, later famous as television's "Captain Kangaroo" also enlisted in the U.S. Marines, but too late to see any action during World War II. Keeshan was born on 27 June 1927 and enlisted two weeks before his 18th birthday, months too late to have taken part in the fighting at Iwo Jima. A 1997 interview with Keeshan noted that he "later enlisted in the U.S. Marines, but saw no combat" because, as Keeshan said, his enlistment "was just before we dropped the atom bomb." Last updated: 8 March 2002
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:31:45 AM EDT
Bob Keeshan, later famous as television's "Captain Kangaroo" also enlisted in the U.S. Marines, but too late to see any action during World War II. Keeshan was born on 27 June 1927 and enlisted two weeks before his 18th birthday, months too late to have taken part in the fighting at Iwo Jima. A 1997 interview with Keeshan noted that he "later enlisted in the U.S. Marines, but saw no combat" because, as Keeshan said, his enlistment "was just before we dropped the atom bomb."
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DAMN!! I should've known better than trust something off of the net. Found the story on another forum. Thought I would post it here. Thanks for checking it out. -Murray
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:36:16 AM EDT
BT, Don't feel bad. Apparantly, water boiled in a microwave CAN explode. I learned that here!
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:38:54 AM EDT
This is real: [img]www.findagrave.com/photos/101c/222/marvinl2.jpg[/img] Lee Marvin's grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery.
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:43:57 AM EDT
CITADELGRAD87: FALSE.
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Thanks for saving me from searching for a reference & link CITADELGRAD. It's one of the top 100 urban legends on the net (Which by no means reduces my respect for either one of these former Veterans).
Link Posted: 4/30/2002 11:53:38 AM EDT
It's funny how nobody mentions "Hell In The Pacific" among the greatest war movies ever made. Sure, it's not a war picure in the traditional sense, but it beats the hell out of 99% of the crap that's been made (especially the stuff that's been made lately). I can watch that movie again and again.
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