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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  • Brad

    Your dad was AWESOME on Stars Earn Stripes. I loved it when he walked through the mud like it was nothing! I thought to myself that he is used to walking through that Alaska mud that swallows you up along the shores. Anyone who hasn’t seen or experienced that, has no idea how that stuff can suck your boots right off! I look forward to watching this program every week now!

  • Kevin D

    Bristol, I’m very proud of your dad too…and you are right…HE IS THE MAN!

  • Thomas Baker

    I am in awe at how strong and amazing the Palin family is; go Todd! Hoo-ah!

  • Cathie

    Bristol, I was SOOO impressed with your Dad! He was badass yet humble! It really showed his character! I love the show and will be cheering for your Dad!!!!

  • Megan M

    Your dad was amazing on the show! Incredible how fast he got through the mud under the barbed wire way before the 2 US military guys got through it! So happy they rewarded him for making it through on his own and didn’t put him in the shoot out – that was the most fair thing that they could have done. Will be watching next time :)

    • Scruffer

      I know!!!
      He should totally enlist – these days our guys are just being killed by the other guys, I mean, Todd could totally make a difference in that war! So so proud.
      I’m so glad they rewarded him – I sure hope he gives his ‘profits’ to the Alaska Independent Party!

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, I always knew Todd was a badass, but I had no idea until I watched him on Stars Earn Stripes! Everyone was in awe of his skills! Super proud of the First Dude!

  • C.

    He’s so awesome. Your mom is gorgeous “a perfect 10″ as a grandmommy no less.
    The public tidbits we get to see of your dad, mom and family shows the world what’s best about America.
    Your dad and your family do us all proud.
    Much love to you all.

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  • Joseph

    That’s awesome to hear; congrats, Todd!

  • Gregory Russo

    I don’t watch TV, but I did when Bristol was on DWTS and Voted, got all of my internet friends to help. I had no idea about He Father’s effort. I will be doing same thing for Bristol’s second Stint on DWTS and with her Father’s effort on Stars on Stripes.

    I watched Bristol’s Show Bristol Palin’s Life’s a Tripp and Her Mom’s and Palin’s Family Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

    I am a big fan of the Palin Family.