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Ann Margaret

Ann Margaret
This is a good counter balance story to the Jane Fonda Vietnam Woman Of The
Year story.

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 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 a round 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

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

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 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.

Don't be too busy today... Share this inspiring message with friends and

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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