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Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Here is an interesting piece from friend Rhonda Mata that may surprise some of you. We usually think of Hollywood types trying to take the easy way out of trouble but this information about Lee Marvin, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), and Mr. Rogers may surprise you even more.

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.

1 comment:

Edson said...

Wounded in action on 18 June 1944, Lee Marvin spent the next 13 months in Naval hospitals, under treatment for his laceration(shot in the ass) and a severed sciatic nerve. In a hospital on Guadalcanal, he was awarded the PURPLE Heart medal, for his actions on Saipan.He was in I Company, 3d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division.

This excerpt from: Stars in the Corps, Movie Actors in the USMC, by James E. Wise, Jr. and Anne Collier Rehill, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland 1999
ISBN: 1-55750-949-2