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This is a great article about Ann Margret and a Viet Nam War Vet.  

She points out that we really need to remember and recognize our Viet Nam War Veterans.   Remembering our Veterans, from all wars, is one of the cultural adhesives of our society.  These men risked and gave their lives to keep our country rich and free and to allow me to post articles just like this one.   All I can say is that I can really take my hat off for Ann and all of our countries Veterans.  



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This story was added 2-25-03 and was submitted by Phil Sisson

You may enjoy reading this story ... attached is a copy of the story about a Viet Nam vet and Ann Margaret as told by  the vet's wife.

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, 8x10 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. With global circulation... this may reach Jane Fonda.


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