John Wayne, an American hero

Howdy all and thanks for all the great portfolios and interest in Andy’s computer game.  There are some amazingly talented folks out there, and I loved looking at all the awesome art and CG models.  I’m finishing my calender piece for Drexler today for his new ST, SOTL Calender and am finally getting to the final details

While listening to the internet radio “Live 365, Atomic City” often plays patriotic pieces recorded by John Wayne…Today was no exception and encouraged me to see if any of these pieces were made into videos via YouTube, and sure enough, there were a few of them to see.

Getting back to John Wayne, he was and is a true American hero, and he was a symbol of what Patriotic America was founded on…Truth, Love, Justice and Freedom.  He always remembered the everyday man and woman with respect, as well as our ArmedForces, to whom he gave great reverence.  So, in thinking of Mr Wayne today and all that he believed in, here are some videos to encourage your day, enjoy!!

22 Responses to “John Wayne, an American hero”

  1. 1 Dave Horvath
    February 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Ah, The Quiet Man. One of his best films ever and it wasn’t a western!

  2. 3 the bluesman
    February 17, 2010 at 10:40 am


    Aint that the truth? They don’t make em like the Duke anymore. Must have John Wayne films for me are The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit, and Rio Bravo.

  3. 7 Buckaroohawk
    February 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I’m a big fan of “The Duke” myself. To me it seemed he understood that somewhere along the line he became more than just an actor; he became a symbol of The American Spirit, a vision of the best of us and what we aspire to be. That could not have been an easy burden but he accepted it with quiet grace and dignity.

    Too many people wrap themselves in the flag and declare themselves defenders of American ideals these days. They don’t hold a candle to John Wayne, though, because they lack the most important quality such responsibility demands: Humility. I wish he was still here to remind us of that.

    Here’s to ya, Duke. Saddle up, it’s time to ride.

  4. 9 DeanneM
    February 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve only gotten through the first 2 videos, but just wanted to comment. What a voice, and what a genuine human being. I couldn’t help think of all the American soldiers that fought in the tragic First World War, as I took my exam on that just a couple of hours ago. Hearing taps and how it came about was very moving. Thanks so much for sharing, John.

    BTW, I don’t know if the colors are the most readable, but I felt red, white and blue was appropriate. Can your color challenged eyes make out the colors?

  5. February 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    The Sons of Katie Elder. Nuff said. 😀

  6. 13 Terry
    February 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I love the last scene in The Searchers where John Ford has the Duke outside alone, everyone else had gone in, he is framed by the door, simply brilliant.

    There is footage of Maureen O’Hara speaking before Congress in 1979 about giving the Duke a medal, that it should say just one thing “John Wayne, American”. I think that sums him up perfectly.


  7. 18 JNG
    February 18, 2010 at 6:37 am

    John, make some time to watch “The Quiet Man” and you won’t be sorry you did

    “Rio Bravo” is one of my favorites of all time. “Sorry don’t get it done, Dude.”

  8. February 18, 2010 at 7:46 am

    The Duke, one of a kind, no doubt, pilgrim. 🙂

    peace | deg

  9. 20 Jim
    February 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

    “The Searchers” is a classic. Don’t forget the WWII flick “In Harm’s Way” is one of my personal favs. Some other great ones are “Back to Bataan/They Were Expendable”, “The High and the Mighty”. Basically anything he did from 1942-1967.

  10. 21 Matt Boardman
    February 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Good man there, John Wayne! My wife introduced me to Rio Bravo shortly after we got married and it quickly became a favorite. He had quite the presence on screen! 😀

  11. 22 Barrie Suddery
    February 28, 2010 at 4:59 am

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

    Nuff said.

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