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kraig WY    Posted 02-26-2003 at 07:48:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Subject: TRUE STORY--ANN MARGARET

I thought you would like to see the attached copy of a
story about a Viet Nam vet and Ann Margaret which is
written by the vet's wife. It is unique and well worth
reading.

Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his
time in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper.
However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black &white
photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margaret with Bob
Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.

A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book signing at
a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get
her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the
bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing.

When I got there after work, the line went all the way
around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and
disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her
appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would
sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.
Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo
and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI's
so far from home.

Ann Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as
2nd in line, it was soon Richard's turn. He presented the
book for her signature and then took out the photo. When
he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she
would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just
wanted her to see it."

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her
eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet
Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what
these men did for their country and I always have time for
"my gentlemen". With that, she pulled Richard across the
table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite
a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over
the years, how much she admired them, and how much she
appreciated them. There weren't too many dry eyes among
those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures
and acted as if he was the only one there.

Later, at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if
he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke
down in tears.
"That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time
in the Army", he said.
That night was a turning point for him. He walked a
little straighter and, for the first time in years, was
proud to have been a Vet.

I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and
how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.
I now make it a point to say Thank You to every person I
come across who served in our Armed Forces.

Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all
those who have served their country.

If you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to do so.
Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how
important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make. I hope
this gets around to Jane Fonda.


Redneck    Posted 02-28-2003 at 13:17:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
For some reason,I have always felt she was one of the"good ones".


Cur Mudgeon    Posted 02-26-2003 at 11:39:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yuh know, if i'm remembering correctly, Ann Margaret is an immagrant. Yah ! Sweden can send all of her kind they have as far as I'm concerned.


big fred    Posted 02-26-2003 at 11:48:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
But of course she followed the law and waited her turn. It helped that she was married to an American.


Brian-2N    Posted 02-26-2003 at 10:18:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Beautiful-sent it to one of my employees that has a husband overseas.
She compares more favorably than the current crop of "stars" doesn't she?


Willy-N    Posted 02-26-2003 at 08:33:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great story! I never got to see any of those shows where I was at. To far out for support and not enought guys to put the show on for. I do remember a show some Koreins put on for us. 4 Claymore mines went off at the same time in our wire blowing sand bags and 1/2 culverts all over the place they left real fast in a helicopter during the middle of the show. I remember them dropping everthing and hitting the ground fast along with the rest of us!! Someone had forgot to pull the caps out of them on last gaurd shift and stactic charge set them off. Real loud BOOM when 4 go off at the same time!!! Messed up our wire pretty good too! Mark H.


Randy    Posted 02-26-2003 at 08:44:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Willy-N, my Dad was in Korea also. Never did talk about it much. Only told me how the medic had to pull a tooth out in the field one day with pliers. And how so very cold it was. He also didn't understand all the complaining by other vets from other wars when they came home. There were no parades and thank yous for him either. He was also MIA for a while. When I asked him he just said he was there nobody saw me. I'll never know.


Willy-N    Posted 02-26-2003 at 09:02:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I decided to tell what I saw after 25 years to my family so they would know what realy happen. When I got back all I got was a meal and a bus ticket home. I remember riding on the bus in uniform with people staring at me getting looks I did not like. I had been in war 24 hours earlyier and on a bus in the USA shaking with anger and fear. Woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat the fire siren had went off and I did not have my M-16 in bed with me! I realy freeked out and it took a while to settle down saying I am home now and it is OK! Rough days ahead adjusting to a different way of life. Took about 25 years of being a little strange around people and tring to forget some things I did over there. Still a little strange but that is just life. Mark H.


Randy    Posted 02-26-2003 at 09:10:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Willy-N, please take this the way I mean it. I was real glad that I was a little too young for Viet Nam and too old for Desert Storm. Just can't and don't want to imagine what you all went through taking care of us. But the sun rose today and we're here and now. And from the pictures you ahve a beautiful place! Good to be you.


Willy-N    Posted 02-26-2003 at 09:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I understood what you said they were a forgoten group too! No fanfare and it is still going on today it has never ended. We left a lot of our soldiers over there too alive and captured and that has never been resolved. I fly the POW flag for those guys at my home and all the rest of the forgotten soldiers. I gave my best and so did a lot of others. I am not asking for anything special just a little respect for those who served in the forses. I keep working for what I have and will not give up on the American Dream of having your own home and a loving family to share it with. Life is a tough road to go on but it is sure worth it when it works out for you. After a good days work it makes it easy to sleep with out sleeping pills. Thanks for the comment on my place lot of blood and sweat building it but it is my home and I love living here! Mark H.


Mike D.    Posted 02-26-2003 at 08:21:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kraig,
Thank you for sharing that.


Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 11:00:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Honors to Ann Margaret.


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