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Keel-Haul



File Name: Everett P. Colby of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Grade: Navy O-9 (1993), not listed on the 1985 filecard.
SNs: 672-38-4202; 0672-38-4202
Notes: Charlottesville is in the central part of the state, about 70 miles northwest of Richmond. It is home to the University of Virginia and was the one-time home of presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.



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Next character: Sergeant Slaughter

 

Animated Appearances

Keel-Haul was one of four characters never depicted in the Sunbow series despite having figures released before 1987, the others being Grand Slam, Stinger Driver, and Capt. Claymore. The character Admiral Ledger was used in his place.

Headcanon

Born April 7, 1940. Keel-Haul joined the Joe Team in March 1983, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was with the team until it was disbanded in December 1989 but was not recalled when the Joes were reactivated in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985 (USS Flagg) 2. 1993 (Battle Corps)  
Version 1: 1985 boxed USS Flagg vehicle
Fig. #0077: AdmiralMOS 1: Command (U.S.S. Flagg) [1117]
MOS 2: Pilot [1317]
  • head: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
  • arms: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
  • torso: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
  • waist: Keel-Haul (85, 93), Major Altitude (91, 93)
  • legs: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
Accessories: silver semi-automatic pistol (new, thin with round trigger guard and textured grip)
Graduated Annapolis and Navy Flight School. Flew Phantom F-4's off the Intrepid in late 60's. Attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and the Armed Forces Staff College. Holder of the Navy Cross, DFC, and Air Medal. Keel-Haul is a respected military historian, a nationally rated chess player, and possibly the world's worst clarinet player.
"Keel-Haul was always cool. He could set an F-4 down on a carrier deck at night with half his instruments out and walk away whistling. You know what it's like to land on a carrier at night? Try jumping on a moving skate board while blind folded!"
Variations: Early mail-order copies did not have a patch on the right arm, and at least some mail-order Keel-Hauls did not include the pistol.
Toy Notes: Item #6001. Keel-Haul's pistol is considered a moderately high-demand item. The prototype appearing in the comercial appeared to have a shorter mustache.
Re-releases: Also available as part of a vehicle drivers set by mail through several offers in 1988 and 1989, then alone in the 1990 offer The Incredible Shrinking Joes.
Version 2. 1993 Battle Corps Wave 2 carded assortment, #21
Fig. #0380: AdmiralMOS 1: Naval Command General Staff
MOS 2: Pilot [1317]
  • head: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
  • arms: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
  • torso: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
  • waist: Keel-Haul (85, 93), Major Altitude (91, 93)
  • legs: Keel-Haul (85, 93)
Accessories: blue submachine gun (91 Cloudburst's MP5); blue plasma rifle (91 Flint's); reddish brown spring missile launcher (shared with Backblast, with blue trigger); two blue missiles (shared with Backblast); blue knife (93 Beach-Head's); blue figure stand
KEEL-HAUL became a legend flying Phantom F-4's, but his career really "took off" when he became the first aircraft carrier captain to double as a fighter pilot. His carrier had come under a massive Cobra attack and he needed to get more planes in the air if the ship - and its crew - was to survive. Since there were no more pilots available, Keel-Haul jumped into a Ghoststriker X-16 jet and roared off the flight deck with all guns blazing. With the added firepower and inspiration he brought to the skies, the Joes won the battle minutes later. According to Keel-Haul, no enemy is too great a threat that a few air-to-ground heat-seeking missiles won't cure!
Variations: The emblem on Keel-Haul's chest could be small or large.
Toy Notes: Item #6773.