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Wednesday, November 29th, '17

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THREE MOST UNLIKELY HEROES

"Do not judge by the outward appearance..." (John 7:24)

 

Today's devotion comes by way of an Internet forward...

 

"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. 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, Marvin credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery. During a dialog on "The Tonight Show", Johnny Carson's 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. 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 just 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 (unknown)".

 

Real heroes are often the ones we would least expect; Lee Marvin, the actor (well, we could probably see him as a war hero; he sure played enough of them in film); but Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo? Hmm, that reminds us that there are thousands of American servicemen and women overseas as well as our first responders, law enforcement, firefighters and so on that rise to the occasion everyday on our behalf. We need to thank them when we have opportunity to. And surprisingly, it's not the big, rough, tough, Rambo guy that usually comes out of the cloud of gunfire smoke carrying his injured comrade. Instead, it is "the foolish things of the world" that God has chosen to "put to shame the wise" (1 Corinthians 1:27). If He can use Captain Kangaroo, He can use any of us.


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