Enjoy this important message from my childhood

Thanks so much to a friend and reader that sent the link along.


  1. El gato says:

    Believe it or not, Ripley, but that brought a tear to my eye remembering a wonderful entertainer who loved his country. The poison that comes from so many so-called entertainers these days is sickening. Did you notice that while he was talking you could have heard a pin drop, and when he was done there was loud applause from people who weren’t apathetic. Thanks much!

  2. BrkfldDad says:

    I miss Red…

  3. El gato says:

    Way too many young people won’t recognize these entertainers who served their country to preserve the freedom that too many take for granted. How many current entertainers have done anything for their country or even will go on a USO tour? Too many despise the military and those who keep us free. Look at this list and wonder where such men have gone:

  4. El gato says:

    If you notice that John Wayne isn’t on that list:

    When the Duke was a young man he wanted to attend Annapolis (the Navy Military Academy) but was unable to win an appointment from his state’s Senator. When he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern California he went there to play football. The Duke was 34 when World War II started and the father of 4 children so he was exempted from the draft. If he was to volunteer his medical examination showed that he would have needed to seek a wavier for his bad ankle something that was not being granted until much later in the war and never for combat troops. The Duke’s bosses at Republic Pictures also convinced him that he would be needed on the home front to fight the battle of morale and he won that battle. There were those (the director John Ford for one) who criticized the Duke for not pushing for a medical wavier, but consider this fact. When Marine Corps recruiting was critically down following World War II the Marine Corps Commandant personally asked John Wayne to make “Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949). Recruitment went through the roof and he received a personal thank you from the Commandant and a special citation of merit. Later his support of the Korean and Vietnam soldiers (visiting them in the field and in the hospital) is legendary. Most of Hollywood’s elite believed he ruined his career by supporting the Vietnam War and making the “The Green Berets” (1968) but he never hid his desire to support his nation and those who served it. He was even at the homecoming for the Vietnam POW and met the man whose name he had on his POW bracelet. John Wayne was a man who understood what being a soldier was all about. He understood love of country, devotion to duty and sacrifice. Sure maybe he never served but he never brought shame to any uniform he put on. Thanks Duke!

  5. Dave Frank says:

    Julia Child served with the OSS? I had no idea she was a spy.

  6. El gato says:


    For the history illiterates among us…

  7. Dave Frank says:

    For those of you so inclined, some great books on the Greatest Generation were written by Stephen Ambrose. Citizen Soldiers, D-Day and Band of Brothers are all fantastic reads. Maybe even future book club selections….

  8. Good idea, Dave. Let’s get through the first one and we’ll see!


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