In a heartwarming tribute, Mike Rowe remembers late Reagan Cabinet official George Schultz. He described him as an “extraordinary marine.”
The diplomat passed away on Feb. 7 at his home in Stanford, California. Schultz was 100-years-old at the time of his passing. During the Ronald Regan Administration, Schultz served as Secretary of State. He also served in Cabinet positions under the Richard Nixon Administration as well.
In his post, Rowe remembered watching Schultz speak at the Marine Corps Ball back in 2019. In addition to his political work, Schultz also served in the Marines during World War II.
“As always, his message was crystal clear, and his words left an impression,” Rowe wrote in his Facebook post. “I thought I’d share them again, at a time when our leaders would do well to heed them. At 100 years of age, this extraordinary Marine outlived most of his contemporaries but nevertheless leaves behind countless friends. I hope they can gather in some form or fashion, to see this man off, and celebrate his extraordinary life. My condolences, to his family.”
Mike Rowe Remembers George Schultz
In the Facebook post, Rowe shared his reflections he wrote after Schultz’s speech in 2019. The TV personality said one of Schultz’s principles reminded him of his own business partner Mary Sullivan. At the time Schultz urged his listeners to stand by their actions, no matter what.
“‘Nothing,’ he said, ‘in war or life, is more important than doing what you say you are going to do. Nothing. If you’re going to draw a line in the sand, you must never – under any circumstances – pretend you did not,'” Rowe wrote. Other words of wisdom included don’t point rifles at someone you don’t intend to shoot.
Rowe has been a regular at the Marine Corps Ball each year. The TV personality said he attends the Ball to honor people like Schultz and others who lay down their lives for the United States. The experience has humbled Rowe as a result.
“For the last twelve years, in the middle of November, I’ve attended The Marine Corps Ball, usually here in San Francisco,” Rowe wrote. “People assume I do this because I wish to honor the men and women who risk their lives on my behalf, and this is most assuredly true. I’m humbled by their sacrifice, and I appreciate the opportunity to show my gratitude in public.”
He also said he feels flattered that some Marines enjoy his TV series like “Dirty Jobs” over the years.
“I also attend because I’m deeply flattered, year after year, by the Marines who pull me aside to tell me how much they enjoyed watching Dirty Jobs while they were “over there,” getting shot at,” Rowe wrote. “Others tell me how much they appreciate my ongoing, albeit quixotic attempts to close America’s skills gap, and thank me sincerely for supporting the skilled trades.”
Rowe thanked Schultz for his service in the military and for the wisdom he shared later in his life as well.