This special area of this web site is
dedicated to the youngsters of the 50's and early 60's who, with
their parents and the Western heros that are the subject of this
book, grew up with. The Westerns of the 50's and early 60's
contrary to popular belief, were not all about violence and gun
play, but in fact, gave our children good role models and taught
them right from wrong and the proper way to behave. This is
reflected in the following codes of these characters.
Creed for American Boys and Girls
The highest badge
of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be mindful at
Your parents are
the best friends you have. Listen to them and obey
If you want to be
respected, you must respect others. Show good manners
in every way.
Only through hard
work and study can you succeed. Don't be lazy.
Your good deeds
always come to light. So don't boast or be a show off.
If you waste time
or money today, you will regret it tomorrow. Practice
thrift in all ways.
Many animals are
good and loyal companions. Be friendly and kind to
A strong, healthy
body is a precious gift. Be neat and clean.
Our country's laws
are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.
Children in many
foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be glad and
proud you are an American
I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That
all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself
the power to make this a better world. That God put the
firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it
himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and
morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
That "this government, of the people, by the people, and
for the people," shall live always. That men should
live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with
the world and make payment for what we have taken. That
all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on
forever. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow
Rangers "Deputy Ranger" Oath
- Be Alert
- Be Obedient
- Defend the Weak
- Never Desert a Friend
- Never Take Unfair Advantage
- Be Neat
- Be Truthful
- Uphold Justice
- Live Cleanly
- Have Faith in God
Lord, I reckon I'm not much just by myself,
I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do.
But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high,
Help me ride it straight the whole way through.
And when in the falling dusk I get that final call,
I do not care how many flowers they send,
Above all else, the happiest trail would be
For YOU to say to me, "Let's ride, My Friend"
COWBOY CODE OF HONOR
A cowboy never takes
unfair advantage - even of an enemy.
A cowboy never
betrays a trust. He never goes back on his word.
A cowboy always tells
A cowboy is kind and
gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.
A cowboy is free from
racial and religious intolerances.
A cowboy is always
helpful when someone is in trouble.
A cowboy is always a
A cowboy respects
womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.
A cowboy is clean
about his person in thought, word, and deed.
A cowboy is a
DEPUTY MARSHAL'S CODE OF CONDUCT
1. I will be brave,
but never careless.
2. I will obey my parents. They DO know best.
3. I will be neat and clean at all times.
4. I will be polite and courteous.
5. I will protect the weak and help them.
6. I will study hard.
7. I will be kind to animals and care for them.
8. I will respect my flag and my country.
9. I will attend my place of worship regularly.
WHAT IT MEANS TO WORK HARD AND BE IN CHARGE
BOSS" IS THE MAN IN CHARGE. THE MAN WHO RIDES HERD
ON THE HANDS AS WELL AS THE CATTLE. THE LEADER.
THE MAN WHOM
EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT. THE MAN WHO HAD LEARNED FROM ANOTHER
TRAIL BOSS. THE MAN WHO SETS THE PACE. THE MAN WHO
GIVES THE ORDERS - AND MUST BE OBEYED. THE
MAN WHO HAS FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFE CONDUCT OF
THE HERD ALL THE WAY. THE MAN WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT
EVERYONE'S JOB. THE MAN WHO LEADS FROM START TO FINISH.
DAISY MANUFACTURING COMPANY
"AMERICAN BOYS BILL OF RIGHTS"
We, the boys of America,
believe in these our Rights:
The Right to Liberty, hard won by our Forefathers.
The Right to Happiness that comes with the growth of a Healthy Body
The Right to Training, thoughtfully planned by Parents, School,
The Right to Opportunity, to live, learn, play and grow up in the time
Honored traditions of a Free
The Right to learn to shoot safely.
We recognize and accept the Responsibility imposed by those Rights.
Until we are old enough to Vote, we expect YOU, our Fathers, Mothers,
other citizens who elect America's city, county, state and federal
To be Eternally vigilant, that our rights be not Abridged.
(With special thanks to the Daisy Manufacturing Company - one of
leaders in wonderful rifles, BB guns, toy guns and safe toys for
DAD, HE HAD A "DAISY"......)
Well, my friends, are you
convinced that these wonderful cowboy stars and western heroes were
our role models ? our friends ? partners with Mom and
Dad in helping shape the characters and young minds to grow up to be
good citizens ? You bet! Where are our role
models today ? Sadly, our role models have ridden off into the
Sunset and the young people
of today reflect that huge loss and void.
Not convinced ? Well, the so-called "child
psychologists" even thought Paladin, the "cultured
gunfighter" was too violent. But if I can quote a line from
Paladin, it will confirm that he was never in a hurry to draw his
gun or shoot anyone when cooler heads prevailed:
I told a friend...I
wear this gun for SURVIVAL......
As bad as you need killing, I'd prefer to live by that
All these wonderful cowboy heroes, characters, Codes of Conduct and
the real story of what the "wild west" and our cowboy
heroes of the 1950's and 1960's was all about, are all found in my
book. A book that will make you want to go back and
relive the good old days of our youth. A book that you will
want to share with your kids and grandkids. May you always
live by the Cowboy Codes......
With my personal and eternal gratitude to the heroes of my childhood
- Hoppy, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Wild Bill Hickok,
Paladin, they helped shape me into what I am today.
Rudy A. D'Angelo