Comic Book Legends Revealed #441
COMIC LEGEND: The U.S. Military used to not allow servicemen and women to have Mjolnir appear on their tombstones.
Yesterday, I did a piece about the oddest powers that Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, has demonstrated over the years, like bringing someone back to life after being zapped with lightning…
The piece inspired reader Frank W. to write in to ask about a story he read a while ago about military folk not being allowed to have Mjolnir on their tombstones.
The story IS true, Frank, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with the comic book Thor. Instead, it represents a longstanding battle between pagan servicemen and women and the United State Military to allow them to acknowledge their beliefs on their tombstones.
For years, the U.S. Military would not allow pagan symbols on the tombstones of deceased servicemen and women. So you had to just go without a symbol.
The reasoning was not exactly strong and over the last ten years or so it has slowly but surely eased up and more and more pagan symbols began to be allowed.
Finally, just this past May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs updated its list of approved emblems, and now people who practice Odinism (I believe that’s the term, right?) can now put the following symbol for Thor’s hammer on their tombstones…
Thanks for the suggestion, Frank!
Check out the latest edition of my weekly Movie/TV Legends Revealed Column at Spinoff Online: Did Star Wars toys keep Han Solo from dying in the Return of the Jedi?
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