Can you name all these characters from Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.?

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  1. This is Sgt. Carter, of course. But what is his first name?
  2. What is the name of Gomer's pal?
  3. What was the name of Gomer's girlfriend?
  4. Carter had a significant other, too. What was her name?
  5. Roy Stuart played this Corporal working under Sgt. Carter.
  6. This Lieutenant Colonel and Battle of Iwo Jima vet was in charge of the base. He had a color name.
  7. You might know him as Ann Marie's boyfriend on 'That Girl,' but on 'Gomer' he was known as…?
  8. You might know this military sitcome veteran as Corporal Henshaw from 'Sgt. Bilko' (or perhaps as Sam the Butcher!). But here he played a Staff Sergeant named…?
  9. This young fellow would later serve as a chaplain on 'M*A*S*H.' Here, however, he was known as…?
  10. This private on the far right would later become one of Hogan's Heroes. It's easy to remember his name, because it's the same as the actor. What is it?
  11. Finally, this sergeant was an early rival to Carter and shared a barrack. He also shared a name with a famous commercial mascot.

Can you name all these characters from Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.?

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littledebbie 11 days ago
I got all but one of them correct . I got stumped on #9
Julesverne54 1 month ago
Frank Sutton played Sergeant Vincent J Carter, not Carl.
rycki1138 1 month ago
11 out of 11
Shazam! You sure know your stuff! Tell all your friends!
RedSamRackham 1 month ago
* Silly as it is back in 1960s it was must-see TV. ☺
Paul 2 months ago
11/11. I'm not sure if I should be proud of that or not....
Geronimo 7 months ago
Should have been perfect as much as I watch Gomer Pyle..................9/11
Stephen 7 months ago
I got 11 of 11, but number 1 is wrong. Sgt Carter's first name is Norman. There is an episode where Gomer is telling Sgt. Carter that he will name his son after him, Norman Vincent Pyle. If this is true then Sgt. Carter's first name is Norman and his middle name is Vincent.
Geronimo Stephen 7 months ago
Youre wrong
EdCaf Stephen 7 months ago
Gunnery Sergeant Carter[edit]
Portrayed by Frank Sutton

Gunnery Sergeant Vincent J. Carter is Gomer's stern, yet soft at heart (as shown in season 3,episode 10 Cold Nose, Warm Heart), drill instructor. He was born and raised on May 4, 1928, in Wichita, 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.

Carter wears his emotions on his sleeve. He has an explosive temper with a short fuse, which is triggered at the first sign of angst. This feature, in combination with Pyle's genial nature and naivete, drive the show's plot in most episodes. Carter also expresses happiness and fear in dramatic fashion. His emotions also become a source of tension between him and his girlfriend, Miss Bunny Wilson. Despite Carter's desire to see Pyle out of his life, it is apparent he cares for Pyle and wants him to successfully fulfill his service in the Corps. Carter is Gomer's best friend and by the end of the show's run, it is obvious that Gomer is his.

Awards, Decorations and Service Medals Worn By Gunnery Sgt. Carter[edit]

Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg US Navy Presidential Unit Citation U.S. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg Marine Corps Good Conduct World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal ribbon.svg Korean Service Medal United Nations Service Medal Korea ribbon.svg United Nations Service Medal for Korea Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Carter also wears the USMC Expert Rifle and Pistol Expert badges

Frank Sutton in real life served in the US Army in the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he was cast as Sgt. Carter he was allowed to wear some of his actual WW2 decorations with his Marine uniform.
Wiseguy EdCaf 6 months ago
You do realize you're talking about a fictional character? Details which are made as the series progresses, not always agreeing with what was written before. This is the case of just about any series, for example, on I Love Lucy, the number of years Fred and Ethel were married.
UTZAAKE 7 months ago
10/11. Chances of me correctly guessing #9 were slim.
MrBill 7 months ago
9/11; not too bad of a score considering I rarely watch this show.
daDoctah 7 months ago
Had to guess on the last one, but I guessed right for a perfect score.

I thought it was funny that Allan Melvin played the same character every time he appeared on Gomer Pyle, because he made eight guest appearances in Gomer's parent series "The Andy Griffith Show"s eight seasons, as a different character each time.
Purple_Otter 7 months ago
11/11 ... Mark Slade later Blue on The High Chaparral also appeared as a platoon member during the first season. Notably he sang Hound Dog as a tactical diversion while Gomer outsmarted "the enemy" while on maneuvers.
JeffTanner 7 months ago
You got 10 out of 11 ------------Shazam! You sure know your stuff! Tell all your friends!
TVFF 7 months ago
10 of 11. The last one tripped me up. BTW, I like how Bunny was never intimidated by Sgt. Carter. If he messed up Bunny would let him have it! A little poetic justice for all his yelling at Gomer.
anthony 7 months ago
10/10.💃💃💃💃 I'm Smokin right out of the box today.I know My Gomer pyle characters.The only one I didn't know was the last one,but I(and probably everyone else)knows"Don't squeeze the Charmin",MR. Whipple😀
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