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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American television situation comedy that was originally broadcast from 1964 to 1969 on the CBS network. It focused on Gomer Pyle, a naïve but good-hearted private in the United States Marine Corps who served in a non-combat role while stationed stateside. The plots of the episodes often grew out of the contentious relationship between Pyle and his stern NCO, Sergeant Carter.
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Ribbons of Decoration Worn By PFC Gomer Pyle
Pyle also wears the USMC Expert Rifle badge.
Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter is Gomer's stern, yet soft at heart, drill instructor. He was born on May 4, 1928, in Kansas, in a town not far from Leavenworth. Carter takes his role very seriously, as evidenced by the stripes he's earned (and is sometimes obsessed with) over the years. Carter is forever exasperated by Gomer’s ineptitude and refusal to surrender his naïve point of view and would like nothing better than to see Gomer transferred. He is always referred to as "Sergeant Carter," although under actual U.S. Marine Corps protocol, he would be addressed as “Gunnery Sergeant Carter" or the informal "Gunny Carter". In the episode, "How to Succeed in Farming Without Really Trying," Carter does specify his correct rank.
There seems to be some inconsistency concerning Carter’s age and time in the Marine Corps. By the beginning of the series, Carter had been in the Marine Corps for 16 years, which means he would have entered the service in 1948, when he would have been about 20. However, he wears the World War II Victory ribbon which was awarded to the Armed Forces through Dec. 31, 1946. In the episode "Old Man Carter" (season 1, episode 24), aired on 26 February 1965, he is said to be 35 years old. However, at the end of the show, Gomer discovers Carter subtracted incorrectly and was actually 36 years old, and not 35 as he believed. Carter also reveals to his men he joined the Marines in 1946. Therefore, his time in the service by 1965 would have been between 18 and 19 years. This would put him at the age of 18 when he joined. In the second episode he reveals that he has earned five Good Conduct medals, was cited for bravery in Korea and has had three honor platoons in a row. In "Come Blow Your Top" (Season 5, Episode 9), it is revealed Carter owns a sword from an enemy officer which he stated he captured at the Battle of Inchon (1950). At that time he was a corporal. (Later in that episode, though, he admits he won the sword in a card game while at Inchon.) In "A Tattoo for Gomer" (Season 5, Episode 15), Carter reveals he was with the 7th Fleet in Korea where he got his Semper Fidelis tattoo (upper right arm), but did not mention the year.
Bronze Star Purple Heart US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Marine Corps Good Conduct World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Service Medal for Korea Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Carter also wears the USMC Expert Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship badges
Corporal Gilbert Slater better known as 'Duke', is Gomer's best friend in the Marines. Unlike Gomer, he has few scruples and is not above putting one over on Sergeant Carter, much to the consternation of Gomer. Although he is a private or private first class in early seasons, Duke later attains the rank of Corporal and succeeds Corporal Boyle as Carter's second in command.
Corporal Chuck Boyle works under Sergeant Carter after Nicholas Kutchanelli. Boyle usually serves as Carter's conscience, making Carter treat Gomer civily, even if it means that Gomer will continue under his beloved sergeant. Gomer never realizes it but Boyle, many times, serves as his advocate.
Lou-Ann Poovie is Gomer's girlfriend throughout most of the series. She is from North Carolina as well, and a sweet, somewhat naive, but always willing partner to Gomer's mis-adventures. Although very interested in music (she came to California for a music career), she is considered tone-deaf. Her catchprhase is "Well...actually..." Lou-Ann Poovie was introduced and appeared in three episodes in the show's third season. She played Gomer's girlfriend in the show's fourth and fifth seasons.
"Miss" Bunny Wilson is Sergeant Carter's girlfriend throughout most of the series.
Sergeant Whipple was born sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. Sergeant Whipple and Sergeant Carter dislike each other and are competitive sometimes. In the episode "Private Ralph Skunk" it shows Sergeant Carter and Sergeant Whipple's competitivity and dislike toward each other. When Whipple used tricks to embarrass Sgt. Carter just to keep his own platoon ahead, Gomer used his pet skunk, Ralph, and snuck him inside the bunk to scare them outside to pay Whipple back. This got Sgt. Whipple into serious trouble with the Marine Colonel on the base, who thinks he had intentionally kept his platoon's bunk messy for him to see. He punishes Whipple and his men for the mess by confining them in the bunk to tidy up to Sgt. Carter's pleasure
Staff Sergeant Charley Hacker runs the company mess hall; Staff Sergeant Hacker and Gunnery Sergeant Carter are mortal foes. (However, in the episode "Third Finger, Left Loaf", Hacker and Carter set aside their differences when, just before mess call, they have to search 600 loaves of bread for a wedding ring Pyle accidentally dropped into the dough (Of which was in his back pocket), nearly driving themselves crazy in the process.)
Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray was born in 1925. He was the officer in charge of the base on the show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. He served at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II in 1945. Gray, in contrast to Sgt. Carter, seems to respect Gomer more, especially on a personal level.
Corporal, then Gunnery Sergeant Carol Barnes was in an episode in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. of season 4 called "Corporal Carol", where she falls in love with Gomer but then finds out he is dating someone else. Then in an episode of season 5 called "Show Time with Sgt. Carol", where Gomer and Carol sing a Duet at Camp Henderson's Base Variety Show.
Corporal Jansen is Sergeant Hacker's sic
Private Frankie Lombardi is the brother of recruit Joey Lombardi. He served as a recruit for Sergeant Carter.
Private Joey Lombardi is the brother of Private Frankie Lombardi. Lombardi was a recruit under Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter. He was in eleven episodes of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and was portrayed by three different actors. He had a girlfriend named Rosie, whom Gomer snuck in to base to see him, although the rules strictly prohibited visitation until after four weeks of training. Though Joey confessed that she was his girlfriend, Gomer was still punished by Gunnery Sgt. Carter for sneaking Rosie in without permission.
Another of Gomer's friends. Usually a philosopher-like type of marine.
Sgt. Carter's Navy foe; a bully to some Marines. Simpson once knocked Carter out during a boxing match with one punch, and makes fun of the platoon when Gomer messes up. He was the Fleet boxing champion for four years: 37 KOs and only retired from the said position because he couldn't find someone brave enough to challenge him. Simpson also has his own gang of men following him around. In "Cat Overboard", Carter and the other Marines laughed at Simpson when they learned about the romance magazines he reads aboard ship. He got offended and told Carter off that his choice of reading romance magazines are none of his and the Marines business. Simpson has a strict rule on contraband, evident when he threw a pet turtle over board and confiscated a transmitter radio. Although angry that Gomer had snuck his pet cat, Henrietta, aboard ship, Simpson has shown compassion when he learned about her pregnancy and took her to the sick bay so some of his pharmacists can have some training in delivering kittens.