Stars Earn Stripes: Go, Dad!

When I heard my dad was going to be on the cast of Stars Earn Stripes, I was excited that he was getting the chance to play for $100,000 for his charity, Armed Services YMCA Alaska.  Plus, I was happy for America to see him in action. After all, I’ve described him as a man who can rebuild a snow machine with one hand tied behind his back, a father who can wrestle with Trig on the floor, and an attentive dad who can braid Piper’s hair for basketball practice.  What can he not do?

So, did you see the show?! The celebrities were divided into squads and had to perform the same assault task, which included helicopters, guns, grenades, mud, and destroying weapons.  Dad was assigned a Marine, who’s now a New York City police officer!  Their squad got delayed when his celebrity team member struggled in the water, with his waterlogged gear. With one man down, Dad activated.

He shimmied through mud under barbed wire so fast that he had already finished the obstacle while the others were just beginning.

The other squads watched on a monitor from another location, amazed at his capability.

“He’s Rambo, he’s straight up Rambo,” said Chris Kyle. “Next time I’m in a war, I want Todd Palin on my side.”

Then, Chris added, “He was the first one on the boat, the first one under the wire, and about the time the rest of the guys were getting through, he already had the crate. You don’t need anyone else,” he said.  “Forget Chuck Norris, send in Todd Palin.”

Dad always directed attention to his charity and to cheer up other contestants who didn’t fare as well.

I know, I know.  The show wasn’t designed to introduce the world to Todd Palin. But it does seem designed to make viewers appreciate the United States military.  After all, the tasks the celebrities are engaging in are actually the types of operations soldiers perform every day.  In a touching moment, one of the celebrities asked her operative if he’d ever killed anyone.

He answered, “We really don’t talk about that kind of stuff.”

In fact, the show seemed to be a fun way to introduce the nation to soldiers whose missions have been anything but fun.

And I’m so glad that America got to see what I already know – my dad is the man!

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  • Sherri

    Your Dad did an amazing job last night! I was so impressed with him. I hope he stays on and wins because I do not watch NBC and will not watch if he leaves. I love the show!

  • Susan Smith

    Too Bad “Gilly” lives in a bubble and doesn’t realize that people absolutely DO NEED (and want) to be introduced to what our brave servicemen and women experience. I was on your Mom’s FB page during the NBC show and the comments in awe of your Dad, the marines, the seals, etc, were overwhelming. There were numerous posts by women whose husbands are now serving and they were thrilled that people watching SES could see the trials servicepeople courageously face, some on a daily basis. The men went wild posting like crazy, complimenting your Dad’s strength, courage, tenacity, perseverance and kindness in going back to encourage that guy who couldn’t finish the task. “Rambo with Heart!”
    One man wrote that he and his wife watched with their children and were so glad that their kids saw how your Dad finished the task, because they are always trying to teach their children to finish what they start, in spite of obstacles or set-backs. Your Dad’s the Man and my family can’t wait for next week’s show!

    • Gilly

      No “Susan” I don’t live in a bubble at all. I have many family members who have served and I know full well their sacrifice. I also know that the purpose of this show should NOT be about the Palin family and their never ending quest for fame and attention.

      • Bree Merr

        My husband and I watched the show and was so inspired by all of the players. The challenges the military meet is amazing and we are so proud of them. This show is not about Todd Palin but we can admire his grit and tenacity. Anyone with a habit of wanting to be negative will always find something. Anyone that wants to appreciate the positive will not have to look hard. Great show!!!

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  • Misty

    It was a fun show Bristol!

  • Susan Smith

    Poeople on FB also wrote they wished your Dad had a fan page of his own, he rocks!

  • Suzy Garoutte

    Didn’t get to see the show but we are recording them to watch later, mostly because Todd Palin is in it. Love the Palins, a true patriot family.

  • Author Sherry Gammon

    I had no idea he was on that show! I didn’t even have a interest in watching it…until now! Is the show a series?? Will he be on again or was a one time guest spot?
    Good luck with DWTS!

  • SueB

    Your Dad did awesome!!! Great show. I hope he wins the $100,00 for his charity.

  • Sarah Palin Web Brigade

    That he is! Awesome performance! A great show all around, but I mainly watched it because of Todd. Can’t wait to see next week’s show!

  • Sue Lynn

    Fantastic!!! Todd Palin ROCKS!!!!!!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    He had Chuck cheering him on, He, He, He,. I can not say forget Chuck as of yet. But yea Todd has proven himself against the HollyWood set and he is I tough dude. I am so tempted to say something but I will hold my words, darn it is hard not too.