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Gung-Ho

(aka Gung Ho)

File Name: Etienne R. LaFitte of Fer-de-lance, Louisiana.
Grades: Marine E-7 (1983-1987); E-9 (1992-1993); E-7 (1997); E-9 (2001); E-7 (2002-2005/I); E-9 (2005/II); E-7 (2007-2008)
various SNs: MC56488390; MC-564-88-3900; 65-2459-ER89; 656-2456-ER89; RA 564-88-3900; 656-2456-KR89; 656-24-ER89
Notes: Eight filecards spell the first name Ettiene and capitalize the D in the birthplace. The 1987 filecard spells the name Etienne La Fitte. Fer-de-lance is a fictional location, most likely along the Mississippi, Red River, or Ouachita River given its swampy topography. (The fer-de-lance, French for spearhead, is a kind of snake.)


Previous character: Torpedo
Next character: Doc

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Chris Latta674,095 seconds3602,705
Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Scott McNeil2212 seconds12101

Notes: Sunbow's Gung-Ho wore his 1983 outfit with a (usually) cleft chin and a darker mustache and hat, and the hat's angles were more pronounced. There was no detail on the vest, and the camo spots on his pants were very dark green and sometimes triangular. The belt was usually green, sometimes brown. Gung-Ho's file name was mentioned in the episode Captives of Cobra, Part 2. In the Valor vs. Venom film, he had a strong Cajun accent and his outfit resembled the 2002 Wave 1.35 version, but with camo spots.

 

A Real American Hero Opening8 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 132 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 211 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 31 second (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 4172 seconds18 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 553 seconds5 lines
The Revenge of Cobra Opening6 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 192 seconds13 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 243 seconds6 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 3115 seconds7 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 472 seconds4 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 544 seconds3 lines
Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)9 seconds (silent)
Countdown for Zartan144 seconds15 lines
Cobra Soundwaves276 seconds22 lines
Haul Down the Heavens18 seconds3 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 120 seconds1 line
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 5107 seconds11 lines
Battle for the Train of Gold213 seconds27 lines
Lights! Camera! Cobra!14 seconds 
Red Rocket's Glare5 seconds (silent)
The Phantom Brigade104 seconds7 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 158 seconds2 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 248 seconds1 line
Spell of the Siren29 seconds (silent)
Twenty Questions105 seconds12 lines
The Gamesmaster85 seconds7 lines
The Viper Is Coming75 seconds4 lines
The Funhouse85 seconds6 lines
Lasers in the Night58 seconds4 lines
The Germ23 seconds1 line
Captives of Cobra, Part 1124 seconds11 lines
Captives of Cobra, Part 2123 seconds17 lines
Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent2 seconds (silent)
The Traitor, Part 173 seconds3 lines
The Traitor, Part 28 seconds (silent)
Cobra Quake78 seconds14 lines
Eau de Cobra2 seconds (silent)
An Eye for an Eye5 seconds1 line
Primordial Plot332 seconds41 lines
Memories of Mara32 seconds4 lines
The Wrong Stuff36 seconds (silent)
The Pit of Vipers5 seconds (silent)
The Invaders336 seconds37 lines
Cold Slither13 seconds1 line
The Great Alaskan Land Rush219 seconds18 lines
Skeletons in the Closet45 seconds3 lines
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)4 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 18 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 220 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 38 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 53 seconds (silent)
Last Hour to Doomsday4 seconds (silent)
Let's Play Soldier218 seconds17 lines
Computer Complications16 seconds1 line
Sink the Montana5 seconds (silent)
The Million Dollar Medic1 second (silent)
Once Upon a Joe4 seconds (silent)
Iceberg Goes South5 seconds (silent)
Grey Hairs and Growing Pains136 seconds4 lines
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World29 seconds (silent)
Sins of Our Fathers3 seconds (silent)
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep14 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs10 seconds4 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening6 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 17 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 236 seconds2 lines
Valor vs. Venom210 seconds12 lines
Ninja Battles2 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born April 15, 1954. Gung-Ho was one of the first additions to the Joe Team, joining in March 1981. His appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 7 in 1985. Gung-Ho served with the Joes until they were disbanded in December 1989, and he was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 9 appearance, changing to Version 17 in 1993.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983
2. 1987 (Dress Blues)
3. 1992
4. 1993/I (Battle Corps)
5. 1993/II (Mega-Marines)
6. 1997 (Slugger)
7. 2001 (RAH Collection)
8. 2002/I (JvC Wave 1)
9. 2002/II (JvC Wave 1.35)
10. 2002/III (Assault Quad)
11. 2003/I (Built to Rule)
12. 2003/II (JvC Wave 8)
13. 2004/I (Wal-Mart)
14. 2004/II (VvV Wave 4)
15. 2004/III (Night Force)
16. 2004/IV (Desert Patrol)
17. 2005/I (VvV Wave 7)
18. 2005/II (Convention)
19. 2007 (25th Joe set)
20. 2008 (Comic #64)
Version 1: 1983 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0022: MarineMOS 1: Recondo [0321]
MOS 2: Jungle Warfare Training Instructor [8513]
  • head: Gung-Ho (83, 97)
  • upper left arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Double Blast (01, 02), Cobra Trooper (04, 06/II), Zarana (05), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II)
  • upper right arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97)
  • lower left arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Double Blast (01, 02), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II), CLASSIFIED (06), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • lower right arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Flint (04/I, 05), CLASSIFIED (06), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (83, 97)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Steel Brigade (87 A-B-C), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV)
  • upper legs: Gung-Ho (83, 97)
  • lower legs: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Duke (83, 88, 97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Tollbooth (85), Alley Viper (97, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 04), Clutch (07)
Accessories: light blue backpack (new, pouch); black grenade launcher (new, XM-76)
Born into a large back-swamp Cajun clan. Gung-Ho moved to New Orleans and won a reputation as a bare-knuckle brawler and knife-fighter to be reckoned with. Joined the Marines at 18 and graduated top of class from boot camp at Parris Island. Attended: Airborne School, Recondo School, and Marine Ordnance School. Qualified Expert: All NATO infantry small arms and most Warsaw Pact infantry weapons, XM-76 Grenade Launcher.
ZAP says, "All marines are crazy but Gung-Ho is the hairiest, scariest, craziest jarhead that ever scratched, kicked, and bit his way out of that hole-in-the-swamp they call Parris Island!"
Toy Notes: Featured in the Polar Battle Bear commercial. In the commercial, Gung-Ho had a thicker moustache and a more complex camouflage pattern. Item #6414.
Re-releases: Given the J.C. Penney's exclusive three-pack releases for all other 82-83 carded Joes, there should have been one with Gung-Ho, Airborne (83), and Doc (83), but I haven't heard mention of one. Recolored versions were released in India and in Europe as Gaucho.
Version 2: 1987 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0124: Marine Dress BluesMOS 1: Recondo Instructor [0321]
MOS 2: Jungle Warfare Training Instructor [8513]
  • head: Gung-Ho (87)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (87)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (87)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (87)
  • legs: Gung-Ho (87)
Accessories: gold sword (new, decorative saber); with some effort the white cap is removable and may be considered an accessory; stickers were either already applied to the figure or on a separate sheet
Gung-Ho was born and raised in a swamp, went to boot camp in a swamp, and spent most of his Marine Corps career sneaking around in other countries' swamps with a grenade launcher in his hands. He can low-crawl through the nastiest black-water, stinking mud and bubbling slime for a week with half his body covered in leeches and the other half raw with bug bites and still make an 0700 inspection formation with polished brass, spit-shined shoes, razor creases, and a mean look in his eye. That's a Marine.
Toy Notes: Item #6486.
Re-releases: Also carded without accessories for a 1993 convention. A slightly different version was released in Brazil.
Version 3: 1992 Wave 2 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0334: U.S. MarineMOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Battle Wagon Driver
  • head: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • legs: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
Accessories: black backpack (new, square pouch with rope and canteen); black machine gun (new, M60 with handle on top); black spring missile launcher (new, with shoulder rest and blue trigger); blue missile (new, with thick tip); US flag on black flagpole; black figure stand
When the going gets rough, that's when the Marine Corps gets sent in. The same is true for G.I. Joe. When his buddies have their backs against the wall, that's when GUNG-HO moves in to do some heavy butt-kicking. The other G.I. Joes claim Gung-Ho is the scariest, craziest jar-head who ever kicked and clawed his way out of the Corps' ultimate hole in the swamp - Parris Island! What kind of hard-case considers an anti-tank missile launcher a personal weapon? Gung-Ho, that's who!
Motto: "I thought you wanted the job done right. Isn't that why you called in the Marines?"
Toy Notes: Item #6740. In the 1992 insert catalog, concept art appears instead of the actual figure.
Re-releases: Briefly available in early 1993 on a Battle Corps card.
Version 4: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 1 carded assortment, #16 (93/I)
Fig. #0364: U.S. MarineMOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Tank Annihilator [0352]
  • head: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • legs: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
Accessories: black backpack (92 Gung-Ho's); black machine gun (92 Gung-Ho's M60); black spring missile launcher (92 Gung-Ho's, with blue trigger); blue missile (92 Gung-Ho's); US flag on black flagpole (92 Gung-Ho's); black figure stand
When the going gets rough, that's when the Marine Corps gets sent in. The same is true for G.I. Joe. When his buddies have their backs against the wall, that's when GUNG-HO moves in to do some heavy butt-kicking. The other G.I. Joes claim Gung-Ho is the scariest, craziest jar-head who ever kicked and clawed his way out of the Corps' ultimate hole in the swamp - Parris Island! What kind of hard-case considers an anti-tank missile launcher a personal weapon? Gung-Ho, that's who!
Motto: "I thought you wanted the job done right. Isn't that why you called in the Marines?"
Toy Notes: Item #6767.
Version 5: 1993 Mega-Marines premium carded assortment (93/II)
Fig. #0387: Mega-Marine CommanderMOS 1: Bio-Military Expert [5711?]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • legs: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
Accessories: orange helmet (new, with attached mic and neckflap); yellow bio-armor mold (common for Mega-Marines); black shotgun (88 Muskrat's M4 Super 90); black machine gun (91 Grunt's); black submachine gun (91 Tracker's MP5K); orange spring missile launcher (93/I Duke's, with orange trigger); two black missiles (common for 93 Joes); black machete (88 Muskrat's); black figure stand
Born on the bayou, GUNG-HO's background in hostile environments and experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps made him a natural choice to command the MEGA-MARINE forces. Gung-Ho knows you can never be sure where or when a MEGA-MONSTER will turn up, so you have to be prepared at all times. He demands that his Mega-Marines sleep with one eye open, that way they won't think it's just a nightmare they're having when the Mega-Monsters really attack! Gung-Ho is known for his effectiveness in neutralizing the most dangerous enemies - a skill that will be put to the test fighting these genetically enhanced creeps!
Motto: "This isn't just another 'bug-hunt' - it's war!"
Toy Notes: Item #6767. Included orange Moldable Bio-Armor similar to Play-Doh that could be formed around the figure using the mold. Featured in the Mega-Marines commercial. The phrase "bug-hunt" in Gung-Ho's motto comes from a space marine's comment in the movie Aliens.
Version 6: 1997 boxed Slugger vehicle
Fig. #0509: MarineMOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Jungle Warfare
  • head: Gung-Ho (83, 97)
  • upper left arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Double Blast (01, 02), Cobra Trooper (04, 06/II), Zarana (05), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II)
  • upper right arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97)
  • lower left arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Double Blast (01, 02), Cobra Squad Leader (05/I, 05/II), Night Trooper (05/I, 05/II), CLASSIFIED (06), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • lower right arm: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Breaker (97), Flint (04/I, 05), CLASSIFIED (06), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (83, 97)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Steel Brigade (87 A-B-C), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV)
  • upper legs: Gung-Ho (83, 97)
  • lower legs: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Duke (83, 88, 97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Tollbooth (85), Alley Viper (97, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 04), Clutch (07)
Accessories: brown backpack (83 Gung-Ho's, with light blue trim); black grenade launcher (83 Gung-Ho's XM-76); black figure stand
Gung-Ho was born into a large back-swamp cajun clan. He held both the reputation and the scars as a bare-knuckle brawler and knife-fighter in New Orleans. He joined the Marines at 18 and graduated top of his class from boot camp at Parris Island. When the going gets tough, that's when the Marine corps gets sent in. Gung-Ho is the G.I. Joe's scariest, craziest jar-head of the team. He likes nothing better than racing into battle and catching the enemy off guard. Attended: Airborne shcool, Recondo school, and Marine ordinance [sic, should be ordnance] school. Qualified expert: All NATO Infantry small arms and most Warsaw Pact weapons. He carries the XM-79 grenade launcher as his personal weapon of choice. No man or obstacle stands in his way.
From General Hawk's Files: "When the G.I. Joe team has their backs against the wall, that's where Gung-Ho moves in to do some heavy butt-kicking. He fears no enemy and enjoys nothing better than showing off his tattoos before every fight. He's a lean, mean fighting machine. If he ever invites you over for dinner, never let him talk you into trying his special family recipe for Gumbo soup . . . "
Motto: "If you want the job done right the first time, you call me!"
Toy Notes: Boxed as a Toys 'R Us-exclusive with the Slugger (07). Item #28009.
Version 7: 2001 Real American Hero Wave 4 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0576: Marine Recon
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Jungle Warfare Training Instructor [8513]
  • head: Gung Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV)
  • arms: Gung Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • torso: Gung Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • waist: Gung Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • legs: Gung Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
Accessories: black backpack (92 Gung-Ho's); black machine gun (92 Gung-Ho's M60); black figure stand
This guy may look like someone out of a Hollywood war movie, but he's no actor - he's the real deal. Gung-Ho has more guts than sense. He has no problem walking through a fierce COBRA artillery barrage just to get a better look at his target. Sound crazy? Maybe, but when it comes to describing the terms bravery, courage, and determination, Gung-Ho is the perfect example. His "esprit de corps" attitude and drive to be the best keeps [sic] him and his fellow G.I. Joes on their toes, ready to go into battle when called. He's so keyed up all the time that the only way he unwinds is when he and Leatherneck get liberty to go out and compare notes with the Navy S.E.A.L.S. The funny thing is that their version of winding down usually results in heated outbursts with their Naval counterparts. What do you expect? They're Marines through and through.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Leatherneck (01). Item #53060.
Version 8: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1 two-pack assortment (02/I)
Fig. #0581: Marine Recon Commander
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0311]
  • head: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • upper arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • lower arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I), Reservist (02)
  • torso: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • waist: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • legs: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Dusty's); silver battlefield pistol (92 Hawk's .45-cal.); black machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); black knife (91 Low-Light's)
GUNG-HO grew up in the Louisiana swamps, in a large Cajun clan that held huge zydeco camps known for having lots of music and fist fighting. He's at home in brown water environments and thrives on all the heat, humidity, bugs, and alligators. He graduated top of his class from boot camp at Parris Island, then went on to join the G. I. JOE team, where he's called in when things get extra rough. In a covert operation, GUNG-HO blew up DESTRO's major avanced-technology weapons plant. The explosion destroyed DESTRO's personal fortune and set his operations back for years - and made him DESTRO's sworn enemy.
"I like things hot: my food and my missions! Send me where it's meanest - that's why I'm a Marine!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Destro (02/I). Item #53099.
Version 9: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1.35 two-pack assortment (02/II)
Fig. #0606: Marine Recon CommanderMOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • upper arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • lower arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I), Reservist (02)
  • torso: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • waist: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • legs: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Dusty's); silver battlefield pistol (92 Hawk's .45-cal.); black machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); black knife (91 Low-Light's)
GUNG-HO grew up in the Louisiana swamps, in a large Cajun clan that held huge zydeco camps known for having lots of music and fist fighting. He's at home in brown water environments and thrives on all the heat, humidity, bugs, and alligators. He graduated top of his class from boot camp at Parris Island, then went on to join the G. I. JOE team, where he's called in when things get extra rough. In a covert operation, GUNG-HO blew up DESTRO's major avanced-technology weapons plant. The explosion destroyed DESTRO's personal fortune and set his operations back for years - and made him DESTRO's sworn enemy.
"I like things hot: my food and my missions! Send me where it's meanest - that's why I'm a Marine!"
Variations: Some copies of the figure did not have a beard.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Destro (02/II). Item #53099.
Version 10: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 2 carded Assault Quad vehicle (02/III)
Fig. #0637: Marine Recon Commander
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • upper arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • lower arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I), Reservist (02)
  • torso: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • waist: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • legs: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
Accessories: none
The core values of the Marines are honor, courage, and commitment. Those are the qualities that stand out in GUNG HO. He grew up in the Louisiana swamps, a place with lots of heat, humidity, bugs, and alligators. Coming from a tough environment like that, Marine Boot Camp seemed like more of the same. It's the most challenging training in the armed forces, but GUNG HO relished every sweaty, painful minute of it. He knew if he made it to the end, he would be a Marine - one of the good guys in the battle against evil and injustice. He brings iron-fisted dedication to the G.I. Joe team and has led many elite operations against COBRA.
"Send me where it's meanest - that's why I'm a Marine!"
Toy Notes: Item #53150.
Version 11: 2003 Built-to-Rule boxed Rock Crusher vehicle (03/I)
Fig. #0768: Marine Recon Commander
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung Ho (03/I)
  • arms: Gung Ho (03/I)
  • torso: Gung Ho (03/I)
  • waist: Gung Ho (03/I)
  • legs: Gung Ho (03/I)
Accessories: none
GUNG HO grew up in the Louisiana swamps, in a large family that held huge zydeco camps known for having lots of music and fist fighting. He's at home in brown water environments and thrives on all the heat, humidity, bugs, and alligators. He graduated top of his class from boot camp at Parris Island, then went on to join the G.I. JOE team, where he's called in when things get extra rough.
The ROCK CRUSHER ATV is the vehicle of choice for GUNG HO. Light and fast, it can convert to a SPY TROOPS land luge. During one recent mission, GUNG HO went undercover to foil a DREADNOK weapons-smuggling scheme, using the luge's stealthy attack mode to slip behind enemy lines undetected and unseen.
"I like things hot: my food and my missions! Send me where it's meanest - that's why I'm a Marine!"
Toy Notes: Item #6503.
Version 12: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 two-pack assortment (03/II)
Fig. #0780: Marine
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • arms: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • torso: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • waist: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • legs: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
Accessories: grey cap (new, simple with brim and flat top); grey vest (03 Cross Hair's); black pistol (86 Lifeline's 9mm); black machine gun (03 Torpedo's); grey knife (91 Low-Light's)
GUNG HO is just about the toughest Marine who ever slogged his way out of that vacation paradise otherwise known as Parris Island, but he doesn't put on any airs about it. His toughness isn't in bravado or swagger. His toughness is internal and deep. Every member of the G.I. JOE team knows that when COBRA pops an ambush, GUNG HO can be counted on to lay down a covering counter-fire with his grenade launcher without hesitation. They know he'll do his job under fire, and there's nothing better you can say about any soldier - or Marine. Once you are a Marine, you are a Marine for life. Anybody who ever wore the "ball and bird," sang the "hymn" like he meant it, and never "took no guff when the going got rough" belongs to an exclusive club that needs no secret handshake because the members know each other by the look in their eyes and the roll in their walk. They pass each other on the street, at the bowling alley, in the halls of the Senate, and all that needs to pass between them is a softly spoken "Semper Fi."
"COBRA is throwing everything they have at us in a full-frontal assault? Good. That means I only have to shoot in one direction."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Zarana (03). Item #55453. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 13: 2004 Valor vs. Venom special two-pack assortment (04/I)
Fig. #0817: MarineMOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • upper arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • lower arms: Gung-Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I), Reservist (02)
  • torso: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • waist: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
  • legs: Gung Ho (02/I, 02/II, 02/III, 04/I)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Dusty's); silver battefield pistol (92 Hawk's .45-cal.); light brown spring missile launcher (shared with Duke and Roadblock, with green trigger); green missile (shared with Duke and Roadblock); black knife (91 Low-Light's)
GUNG HO is just about the toughest Marine who ever slogged his way out of that vacation paradise otherwise known as Parris Island, but he doesn't put on airs about it. His toughness isn't in bravado or swagger. His toughness is internal and deep. Every member of the G.I. JOE team knows that when COBRA forces pop an ambush, GUNG HO can be counted on to lay down a covering counter-fire with his grenade launcher without hesitation. They know he'll do his job under fire, and there's nothing better you can say about any soldier - or Marine. As a Marine, he belongs to an exclusive club that needs no secret handshake because the members know each other by the look in their eyes, the roll in their walk, and their courage under fire.
"COBRA is throwing everything they have at us in a full frontal assault? Good. That means I only have to shoot in one direction."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Wal-Mart-exclusive two-pack with Neo-Viper (04/I). Item #55340. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item. This version's code name is hyphenated on the package front and filecard heading, but not in the promotional art or main filecard text.
Version 14: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 4 two-pack assortment (04/II)
Fig. #0915: Marine Recon
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung-Ho (04/II, 05/I)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (04/II, 05/I), Red Zone (06)
  • torso: Gung Ho (04/II) - Action Attack removed: Gung Ho (05/I), Red Zone (06)
  • waist: Gung Ho (04/II) - Action Attack removed: Gung Ho (05/I), Red Zone (06)
  • legs: Gung Ho (04/II) - Action Attack removed: Gung Ho (05/I), Red Zone (06)
Accessories: green cap (03 Gung Ho's); black vest (new, open in front, with rectangular backpack slot in back); grey handgun (03 Beachhead's); grey grenade launcher (03 Beachhead's HK69A1); silver knife (91 Low-Light's); black communications gauntlet (common for VvV Joes)
Although he is courteous, soft-spoken, and kind to small animals, this does not prevent GUNG HO from being an in-your-face snarling fighting machine when it comes to a major head-to-head with COBRA forces. He has even been known to help COBRA prisoners pick up their teeth after the fight. GUNG HO can sleep in a wet foxhole and wake up alert when it's his turn to pull perimeter patrol. He can make a meal out of a dead snake, and he can drink water that's thick enough to float a purification tablet. He will also willingly sprint across a withering COBRA cross fire to help a fellow G.I. JOE soldier. He can do all this without having his DNA altered by venom serum like the so-called "special" COBRA V-TROOPS.
"The only genetic altering I ever received was at beautiful scenic Parris Island where I was transformed from a shy adolescent into a tough-as-leather Marine."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Wild Weasel (04/II). Item #55995.
Version 15: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 5 two-pack assortment (Night Force, 04/III)
Fig. #0930: Marine Recon
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • arms: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • torso: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • waist: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
  • legs: Gung Ho (03/II, 04/III)
Accessories: black cap (03 Gung Ho's); black vest (03 Cross Hair's); black pistol (86 Lifeline's 9mm); black machine gun (03 Torpedo's); black knife (91 Low-Light's)
Although he is courteous, soft-spoken, and kind to small animals, this does not prevent GUNG HO from being an in-your-face snarling fighting machine when it comes to a major head-to-head with COBRA forces. He has even been known to help COBRA prisoners pick up their teeth after the fight. GUNG HO can sleep in a wet foxhole and wake up alert when it's his turn to pull perimeter patrol. He can make a meal out of a dead snake, and he can drink water that's thick enough to float a purification tablet. He will also willingly sprint across a withering COBRA cross fire to help a fellow G.I. JOE soldier. He can do all this without having his DNA altered by venom serum like the so-called "special" COBRA V-TROOPS.
"The only genetic altering I ever received was at beautiful scenic Parris Island where I was transformed from a shy adolescent into a tough-as-leather Marine."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Grunt (04/I). Item #03538.
Version 16: 2004 Desert Patrol Squad carded set (04/IV)
Fig. #0962: Marine
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), Mercer (06), Red Dog (06), Taurus (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
  • legs: Gung-Ho (92, 93/I, 01, 04/IV), CLASSIFIED (06), Sgt. Slaughter (06)
Accessories: black assault rifle (03 Sand Viper's G36)
Although he is courteous, soft-spoken, and kind to small animals, this does not prevent GUNG HO from being an in-your-face snarling fighting machine when it comes to a major head-to-head with COBRA forces. He has even been known to help COBRA prisoners pick up their teeth after the fight. GUNG HO can sleep in a wet foxhole and wake up alert when it's his turn to pull perimeter patrol. He can make a meal out of a dead snake, and he can drink water that's thick enough to float a purification tablet. He will also willingly sprint across a withering COBRA cross fire to help a fellow G.I. JOE soldier. He can do all this without having his DNA altered by venom serum like the so-called "special" COBRA V-TROOPS.
"The only genetic altering I ever received was at beautiful scenic Parris Island where I was transformed from a shy adolescent into a tough-as-leather Marine."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Ambush (04), Dusty (04/II), Snake Eyes (04/V), Sgt. Stalker (04/III), and Tunnel Rat (04/III). Item #00676.
Version 17: 2005 Valor vs. Venom Wave 7 two-pack assortment (05/I)
Fig. #1022: Marine
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung-Ho (04/II, 05/I)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (04/II, 05/I), Red Zone (06)
  • torso: Gung Ho (04/II) - Action Attack removed: Gung Ho (05/I), Red Zone (06)
  • waist: Gung Ho (04/II) - Action Attack removed: Gung Ho (05/I), Red Zone (06)
  • legs: Gung Ho (04/II) - Action Attack removed: Gung Ho (05/I), Red Zone (06)
Accessories: dark green cap (03 Gung Ho's); black vest (04 Gung Ho's); black handgun (03 Beachhead's); black grenade launcher (new, with rear grip attached to stock); black paintball marker (05 Frostbite's); black communications gauntlet (common for VvV Joes)
Although he is courteous, soft-spoken, and kind to small animals, this does not prevent GUNG HO from being an in-your-face snarling fighting machine when it comes to a major head-to-head with COBRA forces. He has even been known to help COBRA prisoners pick up their teeth after the fight. GUNG HO can sleep in a wet foxhole and wake up alert when it's his turn to pull perimeter patrol. He can make a meal out of a dead snake, and he can drink water that's thick enough to float a purification tablet. He will also willingly sprint across a withering COBRA cross fire to help a fellow G.I. JOE soldier. He can do all this without having his DNA altered by venom serum like the so-called "special" COBRA V-TROOPS.
"The only genetic altering I ever received was at beautiful scenic Parris Island where I was transformed from a shy adolescent into a tough-as-leather Marine."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cobra Viper (05). Item #56235.
Version 18: 2005 Steel Brigade special three-pack release (05/II)
Fig. #1077: G.I. JOE Marine ReconMOS 1: Reconnaissance [0321]
MOS 2: Heavy Weapons [0331]
  • head: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • arms: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • torso: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • waist: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
  • legs: Gung-Ho (93/II, 05/II)
Accessories: black helmet (93 Gung-Ho's, with blue trim); black backpack (92 Big Bear's); dark grey grenade launcher (90 Range-Viper's) with chamber; dark grey submachine gun (91 Tracker's MP5K); clear figure stand
GUNG-HO may be the toughest G.I. JOE of all time - just ask anyone who has ever been at the receiving end of the ragin' Cajun's fists. He is always the first out of the transport, the first to take down enemy guards, and the first to run out of ammo. His fighting spirit makes him an inspiration to his fellow soldiers, but also his own worst enemy; he has been promoted for heroism and later demoted for off-duty brawling so many times, his superiors often are at a loss as to what his current rank should be.
Gung-Ho was on vacation in a Russian SAMBO camp, learning the secret Soviet martial arts, when he got the orders to take charge of a STEEL BRIGADE Team and help foil DESTRO's latest scheme. Normally, cutting short his "rest and relaxation" would be infuriating, but for GUNG-HO, putting down the IRON GRENADIERS is almost as much fun. The Marine seems to be making a habit of crushing DESTRO's plans, and working with the STEEL BRIGADE and OKTOBER GUARD just adds more spice to the gumbo.
"I don't care what kind of fancy armor that tin-plated capon has. I'll crush him like a crawfish in a vise grip."
Toy Notes: Carded in a convention-exclusive three-pack with Dragonsky (05) and Steel Brigade Commander (05). This figure is considered a high-demand item.
Version 19: 2007 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe boxed set
Fig. #1166: Marine
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Recondo [0321]
MOS 2: Jungle Warfare
  • head: Gung Ho (07, 08), Leatherneck (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08)
  • arms: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Storm Shadow (08/III)
  • body: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Storm Shadow (08/III), Zartan (08, 09/I, 09/II)
  • upper legs: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Sgt. Airborne (08)
  • lower legs: Gung Ho (07, 08), Sgt. Airborne (08)
Accessories: light blue vest (new, fairly inflexible plastic; open in front with green grenade); light blue backpack (new, with three large pockets); black pistol (07 Flint's 9mm); black grenade launcher (new, hinged with flip-up sight, no grip); black Joe figure stand
Born into a large back-swamp Cajun clan, GUNG HO moved to New Orleans and won a reputation as a bare-knuckle brawler and knife-fighter to be reckoned with. Joined the Marines at 18 and graduated top of class form boot camp at Parris Island. Attended: Airborne School, Recondo School, and Marine Ordnance School. Qualified Expert: All NATO infantry small arms and most Warsaw Pact infantry weapons, XM-76 Grenade Launcher.
His team members say, "All Marines are crazy but GUNG HO is the hairiest, scariest, craziest jarhead that ever scratched, kicked, and bit his way out of that hole-in-the-swamp they call Parris Island!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a set with Duke (07), Roadblock (07), Agent Scarlett (07), and Snake Eyes (07/II), as well as a sound box that played a portion of the cartoon theme music. Item #26757. The code name is hyphenated on the figure stand.
Re-releases: Carded singly in winter 2007-08 as part of the 25th Anniversary Wave 4 assortment.
Version 20: 2008 Wave 7 comic two-pack assortment
Fig. #1374: Marine
Gung Ho
MOS 1: Recondo [0321]
MOS 2: Jungle Warfare
  • head: Gung Ho (07, 08), Leatherneck (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08)
  • arms: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Storm Shadow (08/III)
  • body: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Storm Shadow (08/III), Zartan (08, 09/I, 09/II)
  • upper legs: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Sgt. Airborne (08)
  • lower legs: Gung Ho (07, 08), Sgt. Airborne (08)
Accessories: green and brown vest (07 Gung Ho's); green backpack (07 Gung Ho's); black pistol (07 Flint's 9mm); black grenade launcher (07 Gung Ho's); black Joe figure stand
Born into a large Cajun clan in the Louisiana swamps, GUNG HO moved to New Orleans and won a reputation as a fearsome bare-knuckle brawler and knife-fighter. He joined the Marines at age 18 and graduated at the top of class form boot camp at Parris Island. He attended Airborne School, Recondo School, and Marine Ordnance School. He's a qualified expert in all NATO infantry small arms, most Warsaw Pact infantry weapons, and XM-76 grenade launchers. He's meaner than a Louisiana black bear in battle and faces imminent danger with a big grin; in other words, he's a Marine.
"COBRA is throwing everything they have at us in a full frontal assault? Good. That means I only have to shoot in one direction."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cobra Commander (XI) and a reprint of Marvel #64. Item #37622. The code name is hyphenated on the figure stand.