Because of the Brave – Why Mr Rogers Wore a Sweater

America's real heroes don't need to flaunt their achievements. Mr Rogers and Captain Kangaroo earned our respect on the battlefield.  These men paid a price for our liberty and they spent their lives teaching us and our children respect and love.

U S Navy Seal, Lee Marvin is the man we came to know as Mr Rogers.  Seargent Bob Keeshan is the man we came to know as Captain Kangaroo.  The sweater that Mr Rogers wears hides his military tattoos on his forearms and bicepts.  Lee Marvin won the Iron Cross at Iwo Jima.  Mr Roges made a vow never to harm another person, after the war.

Johnny Carson
Fri  Sept 3, 2010
Subject; Mr Rogers, the Hero We Never Knew

You Would Never Have Guessed 

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..


Send this on, will you please?  Nothing will happen to you if you don't, but you will be awakening others to what a HERO is made of…

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2 Responses to “Because of the Brave – Why Mr Rogers Wore a Sweater”

  1. Alan Walker says:

    RE: Mr Rogers: I was suspect because I heard this same rumor about an entirely different celebrity. I did some research and Mr. Rogers was never in the military and born in 1928 which was too old for enlistment for Nam. Snopes lays out and documents he was in television during the war as does Wikipedia.
    You also state in your article that Lee Marvin was Mr Rogers… here is the quote from your article you wrote…”…U S Navy Seal, Lee Marvin is the man we came to know as Mr Rogers.”” WHAT they don’t even resemble each other. That is not true so I guess it is a lie. You should proof read your material or at least care enough that you are putting out reliable information. How many other errors riddle all your work?

  2. Dwayne says:

    Lee Marvin NEVER fought on Iwo Jima. He was wounded on Saipan before the Marines made it to Iwo. He won the Purple Heart for his wound, not the Iron Cross, which is a German medal, anyway.

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