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    Truth or Fiction says this is TRUE


    Ann Margaret and Her Gentlemen!





    Viet Nam 1966



    This is a story about a Viet Nam vet and Ann Margaret as told by the vet's wife.


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    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 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 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 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.

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    Ann-Margaret has always been one of my favorites, for all the obvious reasons, but especially for the less obvious ones.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    And that is what makes you so special, to notice those less obvious things.

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    i thought it was gonna be something about animals

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    Originally posted by TheDave@1 August 2003 - 10:52
    i thought it was gonna be something about animals
    You sillybone!!! Sorry about that......I should have titled it with a Veterans instead of a Vet!!!!

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    sorry its just the name ann margaret means nothing to me. i might have understood if i was american or something. i dunno

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    It's okay. Ann Margaret is a singer/actress and also a very wonderful person. She was probably before your time.

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    Originally posted by Neverose@1 August 2003 - 09:48
    And that is what makes you so special, to notice those less obvious things. 
    Why, thank you.

    Ann-Margaret is Swedish, and very much still in evidence publicly, occasionally performing in Las Vegas.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    "Those who are unaware of their ignorance are further handicapped by their knowledge; I'm here to help"


    And a tip of the hat to you, Mr. J2!!!

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