Ann Margret & Her Gentlemen: she was the anti-dote to Hanoi Jane Fonda

This is a good counter-balance story to Jane Fonda.  

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 Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.  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 Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard’s turn.  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.  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.


A few years ago, Ann Margret 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. 


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.” 


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 Margret 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.

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5 Responses to Ann Margret & Her Gentlemen: she was the anti-dote to Hanoi Jane Fonda

  1. bunkerville says:

    a great post..we should not forget.

    • Thank you… I received this as an email on Facebook and it inspired me to do some blogging on Jane Fonda because I was so pissed at her BS posts on Twitter. After reading this a second time, I knew that I had to turn it into a blog post because as you said, “We should not forget!”

  2. Nicely said. Our vets deser so much respect and in the 60s and 70s they didn’t get it.

    • Thanks. I agree that the soldiers never got what they truly deserved. I was born in ’73 so I missed that era and I have to say, Thank God! What a horrible way to treat our fellow Americans! I can’t imagine the horrors that they went through serving our country only to come home and be even more brutally terrorized emotionally by the likes of Jane Fonda and so many others. Shameful commentary on what happens when people abuse the freedoms that we’ve been given by the sacrifices of those who died preserving the right of freedom. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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