The Full Wiki

Gung-Ho (G.I. Joe): Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

G.I. Joe character
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Marine, SgtMaj
File name LaFitte, Ettienne R.
Birthplace Fer-de-Lance, LA
SN MC56488390
Rank E-7 (Gunnery Sergeant, USMC)
Primary MOS Recondo
Secondary MOS Jungle Warfare Training Instructor
Subgroups Mega Marines
Voiced by Chris Latta (Original) Charlie Adler (Resolute)
Year introduced 1983

Gung-Ho is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series of the 1980s. He is the G.I. Joe team's original Marine and debuted in 1983.



His real name is Ettienne R. LaFitte, and his rank was originally that of a Marine Gunnery Sergeant E-7. He was later promoted to Sergeant Major E-9 (USMC). Gung-Ho was born in the fictional Fer-de-Lance, Louisiana. One of his many toy versions features him in Marine dress blues.

Gung-Ho was born into a large Cajun clan and moved to New Orleans. He joined the Marines at age 18 and was the distinguished honor graduate from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island.



Hasbro Toy Line

Gung-Ho was first released as an action figure in 1983.

Gung-Ho was released as an action figure in his dress blues uniform in 1987.

A new version of Gung-Ho was released in 1992. The figure was repainted and released as part of the Battle Corps line in 1993.

A new version of Gung-Ho was also released in 1993 as part of the Mega Marines line.

25th Anniversary

  • Gung-Ho has been released in the first GI Joe set alongside Duke, Scarlett, Snake eyes, Roadblock.
  • has been released in wave 5.
  • Comic Pack Gung-Ho & Cobra Commander (who is actually Fred VII) also has been released


Marvel Comics

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #11 (May 1983) where it was revealed that he has a kid sister who is a successful child model. In the same issue, he helps defeat Cobra forces who were spreading a plague and stealing valuable radioactive materials. [1] He was one of the Joes picked to guard Cobra Commander. The ninja Storm Shadow eventually frees the Commander; the ninja and Gung-Ho injure each other during the incident. Gung-Ho wins the battle and captures Storm-Shadow.

Action Force

In the Action Force comic line, Gung-Ho is badly wounded by Storm-Shadow during a confrontation in a Cobra base. He lives, but must receive long-term medical attention. [2]

Devil's Due

He is featured in the first four issues of the Devil's Due series G.I.Joe: Frontlines, which chronicles the last mission of the original run of the G.I.Joe team. Along with others (including Duke, Scarlett, and Wild Bill), he battles various Cobra forces in order to keep valuable technology out of their hands. [3]

He is one of the few initially brought back when the G.I.Joe team is reinstated in 2001. The old Joes meet the new group of trainees, the 'Greenshirts' who they will be commanding. [4] Gung-Ho then joins in on the attack on the multi-Cobra force stationed in the Dreadnoks complex in the Florida Everglades. [5] Gung-Ho and the other Joes become contaminated by multi-function nanites but are soon cured. [6]


He first appeared in the animated series in the A Real American Hero mini-series. He was voiced by the late Chris Latta.

Other media

  • Gung-Ho appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "Day at the Circus" voiced by Seth Green. He left with Flint and Roadblock on a mission only to partake in a prank upon Snow Job. In "PS: Yes In That Way," Gung-Ho was among the G.I. Joe members who made fun of the new recruit Calvin (who had been nicknamed "Fumbles" for his clumsiness). He is later sniped by Calvin.
  • Gung-Ho is a featured character in the 'Find Your Fate' novel 'G.I.Joe and the Everglades Swamp Terror' produced by Ballantine Books. [7]


  1. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #11 (May 1983)
  2. ^ "Action Force" #7 (April 18th 1987)
  3. ^ G.I.Joe: Frontlines" #1-4
  4. ^ "G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero" #2 (2001)
  5. ^ "G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero" #3 (2001)
  6. ^ "G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero" #4 (2001)
  7. ^ 'G.I.Joe and the Everglades Swamp Terror'


  • Hidalgo, Pablo (2009). G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide 1982-2008. Random House. ISBN 9780345516428. 
  • Bellomo, Mark (2009). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. ISBN 9780896899223. 
  • Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I.Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 159. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 

External links


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address