USMC Charity Work
Lee Marvin & charity are not words that are often thought of in the same sentence but they certainly came together when it came to the actor’s dedication to the USMC. Throughout his life, he would often give generously to Marine-related causes, but usually kept a low-profie about it. Of course, if media attention meant bringing more attention to the cause, then he would certainly do so. In 1968, at the height of his popularity, he was the on-air host and narrator of an ABC-TV special entitled, “Our Time in Hell” featuring recently discovered color footage of embattled WWII Marines in the Pacific. He waived his fee for the show and instead, had it turned over to an organization that helped civilian victims of the Vietnam War, as recounted in Lee Marvin Point Blank (p. 172). Below, are two more examples of Lee being recognized for his charity work with the USMC. All that his known of these events are what is written on the back of the pictures…..
Above simply states “Marine Award, 1966.” The gentleman to the right is unknown.
The above photo is from The CItizen News archives and is also an unknown event but appears to be Lee happily presenting (or recieving?) a check from a USMC officer. Neither gentlemen other than Marvin are known. Anybody want to chime in with information? Please do!