WHERE HAVE ALL THE HEROES GONE?

Before reading, please enjoy this 5-minute video/song by Bill Anderson titled: Where Have All the Heroes Gone.”

     Click here: Bill Anderson – Where Have All Our Heroes Gone – YouTube

     I wonder…where have they gone?

     Born in 1939, I grew up through many significant milestones in America; Wars, Political strife, Assassinations, Sports records, Entertainment giants, Economic dilemmas, Segregation, Civil Rights movements, Riots, Crime and more.

     Heroes abounded. As a little boy, I saw every president as a hero, because they stood for America, the greatest country in the history of the world. The first song I ever memorized on violin was the Star Spangled Banner, which I played daily for my second grade class at North Beach Elementary in Miami Beach. I learned early on, that the “Pledge” was a statement of loyalty to the greatest country on the planet, and how lucky I was to be a part of it…despite its flaws.

     The first television screen I ever saw was in New York City, 1948, where my parents were visiting a friend. It was a piece of oak furniture with a six-inch screen in the middle. Through the flickering black-and-white picture, I saw ball players running on a field. Wow! And then, the announcer, “Now coming to bat, Joe DiMaggio.”  What? The real Joe DiMaggio?

     Movies were fascinating.  Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Betty Davis,…and so on. I could name hundreds who helped to form my pride in being an American. Hundreds of these movie stars served honorably in the military during war time, and not just rugged men.

     Few people know that Hedy Lamarr and Martha Raye were also heroes during war time. Lamarr was a beauty, yes, but she was also a mathematical genius who helped invent a new torpedo guidance system for the U.S. Navy. (See link, below) Martha Raye, well known for her comic genius, is the only woman buried in the Special Forces Cemetery in Ft. Bragg because of her nursing skills on the Viet Nam battlefield. She was also a full bird colonel in the Army Reserves. For going to Viet Nam, she was considered a “Hawk” by her peers, and was blacklisted from Hollywood for ten years. Sound familiar?

     Ted Williams, the Red Sox’s greatest hitter, lost six years of the prime of life serving as a U.S. Marine fighter pilot in WW II and in Korea. If not for those six years, he would have set dozens of lifetime records.

      War heroes included such notables as Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Pat Sajak, Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and many more. Besides, Ted Williams, many Sports stars gave up valuable years to serve in wartime including Bob Feller, Christy Matheson, Patty Berg and Pat Tillman.

     Then there’s Bob Hope, who brought an entourage of stars every year for over fifty years, a total of 57 tours for the USO entertaining troops. What a hero.

     I looked up to so many as a kid; DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Koufax, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Jascha Heifetz, Van Cliburn, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis,  Ghandi, Truman, Churchill, Eisenhower …the list was endless.

     WAS!

     Then came Viet Nam. Anti-Americanism took center stage as veterans of the south Asian war were denigrated and spat upon throughout America. Military personnel performed their duties as required, despite growing distrust of government’s motives for that war.

      The 1960s saw the rise of hate organizations which led to contempt, riots and civil disorder in the streets of America. The Civil Rights era had experienced the emergence of a hero in the form of Martin Luther Kings, Jr., who single-handedly brought change and justice to the minority population. Alas, he fell to a hate bullet, as did Bobby Kennedy three months later.

     It’s never been the same, since.

     Fast-forward to today. The greatest role models and heroes in the entertainment world are Rap singers, many of whom find their way into prisons and jails from straddling the lanes of gang and drug activity. Much of their “music” is laced with hate, hate, hate rhetoric and foul words that denigrate women, glorify drugs and preach hatred toward the very professionals who are sworn to protect us all. Children listen to this garbage.

     Please, save me the bull crap about police targeting blacks. I’ll demolish that pathetic argument in another article. The point is that these are the heroes of 2017.

     Gangs are terrorizing the streets of major cities throughout America (and Mexico, for that matter). Young blacks are killing blacks by the thousands in Chicago, L.A., Baltimore and St. Louis and others. This is how that works, in a nutshell:

     Babies from lower income, urban brackets are born into the welfare system, which lends itself to fatherless kids and moms overwhelmed with responsibilities, from which they have no choice but to turn to welfare for sustenance. The more kids, the more welfare. Meanwhile, fathers are off the hook without incentive to accept responsibilities. Result? Babies grow into puberty without male role models. The model for boys become gang leaders. The model for girls are, well, moms. A 12-year old boy looks up to 16 year old boys from the hood. This includes criminal behavior, assault, drug using, buying selling, etc. The real heroes for boys are the prison inmates as they are held, by gangs, in the highest regard.

    Movie heroes have morphed into models for gratuitous violence, guns, guns and more guns, not to mention idiotic dialogue that cannot go one sentence with vulgarity and graphic references to sex. That, plus so-called PG-13 and R rated films replete with references and displays of sex, if not borderline porn.

     Though most professional athletes are moral human beings, the focus of attention is going toward anomalies and new models for anti-Americanism, like spoiled footballer Colin Kaeperkick, who feeds his ego by showing disrespect for his country for refusing to honor its symbols, and those who have served America. And, then, the sheep follow. Millions of kids are influenced, looking on, thinking these are the new heroes of America.

     Meanwhile, I’ll save the dregs of famed Americans for another article, but they would include Kathy Griffin, Snoop Dog, Madonna, Ashley Judd, Quentin Tarantino, Rosy O’Donnell, Miley Cyrus, …well, you get the point.

     Here are my present-day heroes:

     Famed actress, Amy Adams, who gave up her first-class airplane seat to a uniformed soldier, then sat in coach.

     Golfer, Jordan Spieth, clean-cut American icon who’s on a path to match the records of many before him.

     Dr. Ben Carson, whose personal story of being raised poor by a single mother who forced him to study, live clean and become someone…to now, a successful pediatric surgeon and the Secretary of HUD for the country.

     Black commentators and leaders, like Larry Elder, Star Parker, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Allen West, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and many more, who have had the courage to weather the criticism and hatred from left-wing blacks in America who cannot deal with fellow blacks who have a mind of their own and who don’t follow lockstep liberalism.

     Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, whose leadership was amazingly responsible for lowering crime rates in the city by 50-75 percent and miraculously cleaned up the homeless and filth problems. His mayoral success is worthy of textbooks. (Oh wait, that’s right, he was a republican)

     Heroes abound by the millions; police officers, federal officers, investigators, fire fighters, EMT personnel, military servicemen, young and old, doctors, nurses, teachers, prosecutors, defense lawyers and yes, garbage men, and more, who serve their communities and their country, sometimes at great personal risk, to make our country a better place, a safer place, a more loving place to be admired.

     Where have all the heroes gone?  I think they are still here. We just have to point them out, and then battle the biased media to give them the attention they deserve.

Click here: Hedy Lamarr: Hollywood’s secret weapon inventor – Technology & science – Innovation | NBC News

Click here: Martha Raye

Click here: Ted Williams – Wikipedia

Click here: 19 Celebrity War Veterans

23 Responses to WHERE HAVE ALL THE HEROES GONE?

  1. Adamsalan August 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    I don’t believe one has to look too hard to find heroes. Join the military, he’ll be the one next to you in the foxhole

  2. Peggy August 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    So well written. My sentiments exactly.

  3. Peggy August 30, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    So well written. My sentiments exactly. I just ordered “The Big Lie” from Flagler Library.

  4. Eileen August 31, 2017 at 6:55 am #

    Well said, as usual, Marshall, and I agree wholeheartedly!

  5. Figaro August 31, 2017 at 7:03 am #

    Truly, one of your best. Great Job.

  6. Peter Aydelotte August 31, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Knew many heroes on the streets of Miami during 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, they wore brown gowns and watched out for the community and each other

  7. Lou August 31, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    It is a shame the media refuses to acknowledge any of this. They are the worst threat to America today. The media has created the division in this country today. What a shame.

    • Pat August 31, 2017 at 9:55 am #

      BOYCOTT!!!! Stop feeding the monster that eats us…

  8. Ina August 31, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Outstanding outstanding article MF, I loved it

  9. VERONICA Helen HART August 31, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    This one nearly brought me to tears as I recalled those heroes of whom you wrote. They were mine as well. Just last week as I watched the trash men move through the neighborhood, I wondered what would happen if all these men (and I’m sure some women) decided they didn’t want to be garbage men any more and walked off the job one day. They deserve a great deal of respect. Working our way up the career ladder, the same goes for every single public servant (not government bureaucrats), such as police officers, fire men, first responders, post men, librarians . . . the list is endless. You’re right. Heroes, every single one.

    You always hit the nail on the head with your observations. Thank you.

  10. Pat August 31, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Bravo Marshall!
    Society has removed the GOLDEN RULE & COMMANDMENTS.Even if you don’t believe in God(BTW,part of the problem),they are still GOOD RULES TO LIVE BY.

  11. Lynn Peppel August 31, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    Great article!

  12. Rico August 31, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    I was on orders to Viet Nam in the early 70s when thankfully they cancelled the war! Here’s my favorite tune from that era: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpdwRjAQDjU

  13. Ron Fischer August 31, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I know you”re correct Marshall; the heroes are still here and they’re here in great numbers. However the media is not one of them. In fact, they have become the enemy with their agitating style of sensationalized and often fake news reporting.

    I’m a Vietnam Veteran and most of the Vietnam Veterans I know are still rock-solid American Patriots that love this country – for better or for worse.

    I meet fabulous people every day and I’m proud of them. They love America and they eagerly help when and as they can no matter what the job may be.

    The heroes are still here.

  14. Dave Creelman August 31, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Thanks for your thoughts, Marshall. You hit the nail on the head. On a side note, Martha Raye was part of a USO show on my hill in Vietnam. She walked right past me upon arrival and was smiling. Our generation were and are patriots, hope the country survives the attack from the left and the dishonest reporting of most of the mass media. They are no longer ‘the watch dogs of society’ as we were taught in school.

  15. captbag August 31, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    Amen bro

  16. steve gure August 31, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    Unfortunately, this generation , after WW2 developed different values and stopped looking up to anyone who was considered a hero by people of your & my generations. Of course, anybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I view it as the dumbing down of America. I believe that the media is responsible – along with the advertising industry. It is hard for me to believe that so many of us have succumbed and become so dumb. Eventually, we will have to wake up!

  17. Frank Carter August 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    I served as a pilot in The Navy during Vietnam and was stationed on the east coast. I witnessed despicable treatment by demonstrators at the front gate of our base. My next career was in law enforcement in Florida. I occasionally find heroes in our elected officials, public servants, and even a few in the media. You have to look hard to find them, but when you do, hold them up for others and support them!!

  18. Anonymous August 31, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    YOU SPEAK OR ME, MARSHALL.
    KEN GREEN

  19. Ray Renfro August 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    I grew up in the 50s where heroes were everywhere you looked. I looked up to President Dwight Eisenhower as a hero. In sports, it was Jimmy Brown of the Cleveland Browns. At the Movies, John Wayne was at the top of my list. I really love growing up the 50s. I can remember never missing an episode of Davy Crocket, a hero of our past history that came to life on TV.

    Today, as the Left segregates people into classes, rich & poor, black & white, citizen & non-citizen. Then pits them against one another. This has created a very cynical atmosphere as politics dominates many of our thoughts. Real heroes seemed to have been moved to the back burner for a lot of people.

    But if I was going to choose a real hero today, it would be Tim Tebow. He is a young man that I can really admire.

  20. Jerry R. September 1, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    I don’t usually comment on your articles, this was one of your best. Tnx

  21. tom cosper September 3, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Marshall, I too grew up in the fiftes with same heroes you mentioned. Plus ML leaguers like Hank Bauer & Warren Spahn who both gave up their baseball careers to serve in WW II. More than a dozen older cousins and young uncles also served and after the war used the GI Bill to go on to college degrees and professional careers. But in the 60’s the radicals began to take over public education, then college & university teaching positions to the point today they have almost total control. American history is being rewritten every day to conform to their ideals and legitimate heroes such as Washington, Jefferson, Jackson and Lee are being ushered out of our modern times. Thank you Marshall, you hit the nail on the head.

  22. JOHN BARBOUR September 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    What about Trump? He is the biggest hero we have had for years and he misses him entirely. Also, he leaves out Ron Paul, who stood firm for the Constitution in the swamp that Trump got elected to drain. He only mentioned Ben Carson, which I agree with.

    But then there are the true heroes that he might know nothing about: Men and women giving their lives daily to bring the gospel to their people and people in other cultures. Read magazines like Voice of the Martyrs and Gospel for Asia and Watch the movie, The Insanity of God to see some real heroes. People like Ravi Zacharias and K.P. Yohanan are heroes. Thinking of Indians, what about Dinesh D’Souza? He is a worthy hero who goes up against the beast of education and the media with films that can compete. Dr. Duke Pesta is also a hero.

    War is a terrible thing but it does produce heroes, I agree; however, is it worth it to have a war? He does mention those who respond to a tragedy by risking their lives; but are tragedies good? He mentions sports heroes, but are these really heroes? And he mentions celebrities of a bye-gone era. Again, neither them, nor the present ones are heroes.

    You could list entrepreneurs. We have them just like they did. They take big risks and provide jobs for millions. Star Parker is the only one he seems to mention,but hers is a success story and testimony of how she “saw the Light” so to speak.

    He gets worked up about crime and urban problems and mentions fatherlessness but doesn’t bother to give credit to the millions of dads that are heroes.

    Marshall Frank seems to be just pining for the old days. What is needed is boldness and courage to face the present challenges.

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