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"Perhaps you should save this further education George for another thread."

I'm not sure what this means.  It was not a political statement.  Your earlier reply indicated to me that when I said "America was in a war at the time of this show" you inferred that it was WWII.  It was not.  The highlighted section below should help.

One of the stars of this series could not pass the US Marine Corps physical during World War II, and ended up serving in the U.S. Army. During his service he distinguished himself by taking part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor.   The battles mentioned in this clue were all major WWII battles (Pacific theater).  Even George Peppard wasn't old enough to have fought in WWII.  The actor mentioned in the first clue was born in 1923.  The other stars were born in 1930 and 1931.

As America was engaged in a war IN VIETNAM at the time of this show (that is, when the show aired), many viewers wrote to ask why the characters remained stateside.  The producers of the show (quite reasonably, IMHO) did not feel that the horrors of war were appropriate for this show.

The same star, in his role, had the following decorations:  Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart, Navy Presidential Unit Citation (2), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3), World War Two Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (4 Campaigns), U.N. Service Medal, and a Korean Presidential Unit Citation. In addition, he wears Expert Rifleman and Expert Pistol marksmanship badges.

The main star of the show's character was spun off from a very popular show at the time.

The show was not really a sequel to the show it spun off from.  The main star of the featured show was an occasional character on the first.  The star of the first show did make an appearance or two on the spinoff.

When the main star decided to quit the show and have a variety show, the producers thought they could re-brand the show without him.  (Coincidentally, this is almost exactly what happened with the show this one was spun off from.)  When the other two stars opted to join the variety show, the producers gave up on the idea.

I've tried attaching the opening theme to the show, here, but it doesn't seem to be working.TV openng theme.wav

(I've got the file on my desktop, if someone can tell me how to get it to insert as a workable file, not just a dead link.)


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I know nothing about the actors, but the details point to Gomer Pyle, USMC.

The horrors of war not appropriate.

Spun offfrom a popular show where he was only an occasional character (Andy Griffith)

Lead went on to a variety show (Jim Nabors)

Do the show without the lead (Mayberry RFD)


Gomer Pyle, USMC. Final answer.

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Correct on all counts.

Frank Sutton (Sgt. Carter) was a decorated WWII veteran.  Jim Nabors and Ronnie Schell were a bit too young to serve in WWII.

After a couple of years, some viewers opined that Gomer and crew should have been shipped off to Vietnam.

Raf's up!


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Free post if someone has one. Otherwise, I'll come up with something shortly, but don't feel obliged to wait.

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