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Army Engineers Cross Swords in Iraq
US Army Corps of Engineers ^

Posted on 03/23/2005 2:04:20 PM PST by dead



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq
Just stumbled across this picture while surfing the internet. I love it!

Don’t know many particulars, but it is from an Army Corp of Engineers website and the two soldiers are M. Taylor and J. Burch.

If I recall, the hands holding those giant swords were made from molds of Hussein's hands. Those were the days, eh Saddam?

1 posted on 03/23/2005 2:04:20 PM PST by dead
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To: dead

I didn't know that Captain Kangaroo was in the military.


2 posted on 03/23/2005 2:06:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (I'm apathetic but really don't care.)
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To: dead

"If I recall, the hands holding those giant swords were made from molds of Hussein's hands."

That SOB had big damn hands, didn't he?


3 posted on 03/23/2005 2:07:00 PM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM. They can hate us all they want.)
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To: dead
Great Pic! It took me a couple seconds to get the illusion.
4 posted on 03/23/2005 2:07:11 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!!!!)
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To: dead

That'd be one hell of a war trophy to hang on the wall. I'm jealous.


5 posted on 03/23/2005 2:07:53 PM PST by Free and Armed
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To: cripplecreek

And I think that's Mr. Green Jeans on the right.


6 posted on 03/23/2005 2:08:09 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: cripplecreek

i guess that makes the other guy Mr. Greenjeans


7 posted on 03/23/2005 2:09:38 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah, thems so old soldiers. lol


8 posted on 03/23/2005 2:12:00 PM PST by jonsie
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To: cripplecreek
Captain Kangaroo fought alongside Lee Marvin at the Battle of Iwo Jima

Dialog from a Tonight Show... 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."

And you know how Lee was..."Yeah, yeah...I got shot square in the ass 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 gettin' 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. The dumb bastard actually stood up on Red Beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. That Sgt. and I have been life long friends...When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sgt. and he lit a smoke and passed it to me lying on my belly on the litter..."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...Sgt. Keeshan was the bravest man I ever Knew - Bob Keeshan....

You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

9 posted on 03/23/2005 2:12:18 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: cripplecreek

Captain Kangaroo was in the Marine Corps and served on Iwo Jima (at least in a previous life).


10 posted on 03/23/2005 2:12:43 PM PST by edfrank_1998
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To: beebuster2000
And that, of course, makes this yet another moose thread....


11 posted on 03/23/2005 2:12:44 PM PST by r9etb
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To: dead

Beat me to it and in better style.

Semper Fi


12 posted on 03/23/2005 2:15:10 PM PST by edfrank_1998
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To: cripplecreek
I didn't know that Captain Kangaroo was in the military. my guess is you are joking but I believe he was a Marine Sgt on Iwo Jima, and a very brave one if I remember correctly per another Marine, Lee Marvin
13 posted on 03/23/2005 2:16:34 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: dead; edfrank_1998

I remember reading something about it. I know he was just a bit younger than my grandfather who fought the same war in Europe.


14 posted on 03/23/2005 2:18:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (I'm apathetic but really don't care.)
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To: SF Republican
truthorfiction.com The Truth:

This story almost complete fabrication.

Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan did both serve in the Marines.

Before his death in January, 2004, we checked with Bob Keeshan, who was living in Vermont, and he said he never served at Iwo Jima, was not presented with the Navy Cross and, in fact, never saw combat.

There is no record of Lee Marvin at Iwo Jima or winning the Navy Cross. According to a biography that we have on file at TruthOrFiction.com, Marvin did see a lot of action in the Pacific participating in the invasions at Kwajalein and Eniwetok and was wounded in Saipan, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. Marvin is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

(Last updated 3-20-02)

PS Marvin played the indian Ira ---- who raised the flag at IJ

15 posted on 03/23/2005 2:20:27 PM PST by bigsigh
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To: cripplecreek
I was joking around. The link I provided is a link to the Snopes site debunking the story (though both were Marines).

It's still a good story, even if somebody made it up.

16 posted on 03/23/2005 2:24:51 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: PeterFinn
That SOB had big damn hands, didn't he?

You should see his feet!

17 posted on 03/23/2005 2:26:05 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: bigsigh

Ira Hayes was a Pima Indian from Az.


18 posted on 03/23/2005 2:26:42 PM PST by ol' hoghead ( amn)
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To: bigsigh

I have plenty of respect for those who serve even if they don't see any combat. One of the bravest men I know served in Alaska during the Korean war. His older brother saw real heavy combat in Korea and never recovered from it. My friend cared for his brother until his brother died a few years back.


19 posted on 03/23/2005 2:27:43 PM PST by cripplecreek (I'm apathetic but really don't care.)
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To: ol' hoghead

Thanx, I had guessed Oklahoma.


20 posted on 03/23/2005 2:29:10 PM PST by bigsigh
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To: All
Anyone who makes it through USMC boot camp is tough by anyones standards, regardless of what happens after wards. And if you think I'm just blowing smoke, ask Dan Rather :)
BTW - the guy on the left looks like the father of the kid who won a medal (Navy Cross?) and happened to be in Iraq as a civilian and was able to pin it on him. The Dad had been a Marine in Vietnam.
Reason I remember is that he appears to be my age, and before I read the article I was thinking how lucky he was to be over there. It was posted here on FR.
21 posted on 03/23/2005 2:32:06 PM PST by ProudVet77 (It's boogitty boogitty boogitty season!)
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To: cripplecreek
IMAGE: Bob Keeshan
AP file

22 posted on 03/23/2005 2:32:30 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: cripplecreek
I didn't know that Captain Kangaroo was in the military.

Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) has passed away, therefore that's not him.

My bet is that it's Wilford Brimley.


23 posted on 03/23/2005 2:54:39 PM PST by Phsstpok ("When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring.")
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To: dead

Great picture. Unfortuntely when I hear "Army Corps of Engineers" I think of the people who arrest you when you fill in a puddle in your back yard.


24 posted on 03/23/2005 2:58:43 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

LOL! Good that they're in Iraq then. They don't have puddles.


25 posted on 03/23/2005 3:04:01 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
Ummm.....

How do they raise and lower that flag at the very top of the swords, where the two are joined???

26 posted on 03/23/2005 3:16:12 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: dead

That story is false. Please click on the Snopes site for clarification

http://www.snopes.com/military/keeshan.htm


27 posted on 03/23/2005 3:21:52 PM PST by Gaelic
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Darksheare; Valin; alfa6; Iris7; 300winmag

ping


28 posted on 03/23/2005 3:23:57 PM PST by Professional Engineer (My baby girl has the strongest little finger known to man.)
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To: Professional Engineer

*chuckle*
That is an excellent pic angle.


29 posted on 03/23/2005 3:27:44 PM PST by Darksheare (Gravity - Fear = SPLAT!)
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To: Gaelic

But it's such a good story.


30 posted on 03/23/2005 3:28:24 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Gaelic
That story is false. Please click on the Snopes site for clarification

Yes I know. I included the link to Snopes in my post.

31 posted on 03/23/2005 3:29:26 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: cripplecreek

"I didn't know that Captain Kangaroo was in the military."

I believe Bob Keshan (Captain Kangaroo) was a Marine. I think he graduated from boot camp at the end of WW II.


32 posted on 03/23/2005 3:57:09 PM PST by dozer7 (Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: cripplecreek
I didn't know that Captain Kangaroo was in the military.

You see any rank or branch insignia on those BDUs? I don't. They are likely Department of the Army and Corps of Engineers civilian employees, not soldiers. If not that, they must be reserve or guard. Some of those dudes are pretty old. I was one once and we had this master sergeant who was about 60 I think. (In fact he was the "first shirt", although the Air Force and Air Guard don't use that terminology, but he was the senior enlisted man in the squadron.)

33 posted on 03/23/2005 3:58:52 PM PST by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Nice photography. ;-)


34 posted on 03/23/2005 4:21:18 PM PST by SAMWolf (Liberal Rule #8 - Defend lifestyle by comparing man with animals.)
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To: Professional Engineer

LOL. Good one!


35 posted on 03/23/2005 4:22:50 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: cripplecreek

Captain Kangaroo was a Marine!


36 posted on 03/23/2005 4:26:08 PM PST by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: ol' hoghead
Ira Hayes was a Pima Indian from Az.

Call him Drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey-drinkin' Indian
Or the Marine who went to war...

37 posted on 03/23/2005 4:28:54 PM PST by Constitution Day ("Please do not emanate into the penumbra.")
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To: dead

LOL, that's great.


38 posted on 03/23/2005 4:30:17 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: dead

A WTF BTT...


39 posted on 03/23/2005 4:34:16 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: dead

Hooo-Raaaahhhhh!


40 posted on 03/23/2005 4:35:14 PM PST by JOE43270 (JOE43270 America voted and said we are One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for All.)
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To: bigsigh
Marvin did see a lot of action in the Pacific participating in the invasions at Kwajalein and Eniwetok and was wounded in Saipan

Those were the islands that my Grandad was on, while a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers. His unit built an airstrip in less than a week, while under enemy fire. Some of the combat engineers from his unit cleared beach obstacles for the Marine landing craft.

41 posted on 03/23/2005 4:44:32 PM PST by LexBaird ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats" --Jubal Harshaw (RA Heinlein))
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To: LexBaird

did he know Marvin?


42 posted on 03/23/2005 8:28:39 PM PST by bigsigh
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To: bigsigh

I doubt it. He was an Army Corp Captain; Marvin was a Marine.


43 posted on 03/23/2005 9:24:06 PM PST by LexBaird ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats" --Jubal Harshaw (RA Heinlein))
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