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The really famous (01/31/2007)
From: Charles Kubicek

Winona

I have meet a few famous people over the years, too. I was honored to meet General Al Gray, the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, while attending the 4th Marine Division reunion in San Diego. We took pictures of each other with the general. Josie sent copies to him and we received a personal thank you letter. For several years, until he retired, we would get Christmas greetings from the general from 8th and I Streets, a real event for an old Marine.

In 1943 while in San Diego I kept seeing a couple men who looked so familiar to me - found out they were Glenn Ford and Robert Mitchum of the movies. One of the DI's out with his platoon across the street from us daily was Bill Lundigan.

Bob Crosby and his band gave a concert on Maui that I attended with about hundreds of "close friends" (Marines).

Little did I know when I sat on Iwo Jima watching both flags going up that in later years I would meet and visit with Charles W. Lindberg who is the last survivor of any of the flag raisers. You can read accounts of his achievements in the book Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley whose father helped raise the second flag on the famous picture. While I never met James Bradley, I did have several phone conversations with him when he called me.

While attending a reunion in Baltimore I met and visited with Mayor James Devereux, hero of Wake Island. His story is very inspiring and in the history books.

I sat and had a beer along with Michelle Marvin and other Marine friends when she spoke about Lee Marvin's war stories at New Orleans.

It was always a special time to sit and visit and exchange stores with Congressional Medal of Honor winner Joseph McCarthy. We kept in touch for a number of years.

While my list doesn't have the "world famous," I did touch shoulders with many I feel were the really famous of our country. Several have changed the course of history by their actions. Once a Marine - always a Marine.

P.S. I also met Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and visited and had a picture taken with him at a Prudential conference. 

 

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