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Ann Margaret
By Patrick J McCormick   
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Last edited: Saturday, December 10, 2005
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2005

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It is regretful that the voices of those who cared was not as loud as the anti-American orchastrated voices of those who did not care to find out.


I received this e-mail today from a friend who asked me to share it with others and I thought I would share it with you.

   Viet Nam 1966

   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 and white photo he had taken at a USO
 show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background
 that was one of his treasures.

   A few years ago, Ann Margret 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 Margret
 came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second
 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 were 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 Margret 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.

   Don't be too busy today...
   Share this inspiring message with friends and
 family.
   On behalf of those who DO appreciate all that you
 did for us, thank you to each of you who receive
 this message who have served or are serving our
 country in the armed services or any other service.

 

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Reviewed by Carolyn Kingsley 3/31/2007
Very Good. Famous people aren't always so aloof. They're human and caring too. And I always thought Elvis Presley made a big mistake when he didn't marry her. Now I know I was right.
Carolyn
Reviewed by Pamela Casteel 10/31/2005
Patrick, I was reviewing some of your work while I was taking a break from doing some of my family (McGovern/Kennedy) research from Caval and read Ann Margaret first. This is great. I intend on reading everything you have placed in print.
Thank you for being a writer.
Pam Kennedy
Texas
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 7/9/2005
I once impersonated a movie star as a comedy routine, but I had no idea I was causing a public disturbance. In fact, I never learned about other people's ideas of women until I had become a mother and received a computer as a gift.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/31/2005
wonderful write, pat; thank you for sharing!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/30/2005
You said, "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." This nam vet's wife sez thank you.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 5/30/2005
Patrick,
I cannot say Thanks enough thank you so very much for bringing this here today and I am sending this on to EVERYONE in my address book. This is THE MOST wonderful reminder and touching story I have ever heard. two little words that make a world of difference to someone so Brave and Courageous. Beautiful!! Thanks so much. xooxxo
and MY THANK YOU to ALL THE VETERANS OF THIS FREE WORLD !!! THANK YOU!!I appreciate you I never once have forgotten any of you and Never Will!! SALUTE!!!
All my Love Always for Each and Every one of You Everywhere as the team!!XOOX Tracey
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/30/2005
THIS welled up tears in this old farts eyes, let me tell you. Thank you for sharing this, thank you very much
Reviewed by L. Figgins 5/30/2005
Thank you, Patrick, on behalf of all the Nam vets of my aqaintence as well as for those unknown and who gave their lives overseas...
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/30/2005
A wonderful testiment for those who remember our vets, from Viet Nam, and all other wars. Great that you posted this for all to see!

Micke

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