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 answer: I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't 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 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 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 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 Kangaroo."
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..
Last Saturday we had our monthly family birthday party at Randy & Kim's new house. Lyndi was extremely excited to be having a party at her house. She told us as we arrived that it was a party and here are Jonah's presents, but there is no cake yet.
We had quite a few birthdays to celebrate.
Jonah turned 1
Hunter will be 9 next week.
Deirdra is twenty something.
Victoria is thirty something.
Aunt Karen is 67.
Lyndi has become quite a little ham, and wanted her picture taken everytime she saw my camera.
We all had cake and ice cream, while the birthday people opened their presents.
Friday night we gathered a Aunt Karen's house for Jenn's Bridal Shower. The evening started out with everyone writing advise to the bride & groom. One piece of advice for each letter in their first names.
Kim, Lori, Victoria
We continued with that and snacking while everyone gathered.
Lori & Jenn
We played several games.
Including one where everyone was supposed to write a letter to Jenn using the names of all of the candy bars on the floor.
When I think of copper I associate it with things like pennys
Copper metal and alloys have been used for thousands of years, for money, jewelry, pipes and any number of other things important in our lives. Just a week or so ago I learned a new use for copper that is far more important in our lives than any of things we make from it. "Copper plays a critical role in the formation of a variety of proteins and enzymes involved in functions that keep us alive. Consequently, many disorders caused by copper deficiency stem from failure to adequately produce or release copper proteins and enzymes.
Copper is required for hemoglobin production in red blood cells, production and function of white blood cells, the absorption, transport and use of iron, energy metabolism, the development, growth and maintenance of bone and connective tissue, the formation and maintenance of myelin sheath (outer surface of nerve fibers), adrenal hormone production, thyroid hormone production, muscle tone, immunity, reproduction, tissue repair, pigmentation of hair and skin, and proper growth and development of infants and children." CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article We learned about this while trying to find out why Dad was suddenly listless, and tired all the time. After a visit to the Dr, who ordered a huge amount of tests, we found that one problem was anemia and very low hemoglobin. It turns out Celiacs have a tendency to become copper deficient. We will see more Doctors in the next few weeks, but in the meantime we have added copper rich foods to Dad's diet. The good thing is that chocolate is copper rich. Is it any wonder that Dad has embraced this new adjustment in his diet?
Welcome to my blog. The thoughts and opinions here are strictly my own.My parents signed me up for my 1st book club before I was born. I have always loved books and reading.The 1st LDS Fiction I read was Added Upon by Nephi Anderson when I was 10. At the time it was the very best LDS Fiction had to offer. It has greatly improved over the past few years. I read as much as I can in my spare time.I grew up in Massachusetts, went to High School at Algonquin Regional High School, and college at Utah State University.I have lived in Michigan, Massachusetts & Utah.I currently live in Phoenix, AZ where I work full time as a Patient Care Advocate, and I make ties to order in my spare time.If you see a tie you would like to order, or need something special for an occasion contact me at Primarymary2@gmail.com. Please keep in mind, I made all of my ties in cotton, and have to be tied. They can be made in many different sizes up to Adult, but please check for fabric availability.