In his first appearance on Combat! ("The
Celebrity"), Billy Nelson appears to have died, but he returns as a semi-regular
character later in the season. Neither his resurrection in season one, nor his
disappearance after season two are ever explained.
Blond with rugged good looks, this PFC joined the squad in the fifth season. He
is battle-hardened and has a sharp tongue. Though he is open and sociable, nothing is
known about his personal life or habits. (William Bryant, the actor who played McCall,
also appeared in the episodes "Cat and Mouse",
"The Long Walk", and "The Leader.")
KELLY : A smart-alecky, smooth operator, Kelly appeared
in several first season episodes. He dies a senseless death trying to put on a pilfered
pair of German boots (episode "Survival").
GRADY LONG : Long was Saunders'
close friend and the squad's first B.A.R. man. Grady's death in the episode "Far from the Brave" deeply affects Saunders,
making him withdraw from his men and his Lieutenant. Saunders tries to close himself off
from new replacements, but soon learns that the pain of losing one of his men cuts as deep
whether he knows them well or keeps them at a distance.
ALBERT BAKER : Baker joins the
squad in "Far from the Brave" as
replacement for the B.A.R. man who died replacing Grady Long. He appears throughout season
one. He is a fresh-faced kid with straw-blond hair.
DAVIS : Corporal Davis is a stocky, feisty little man who
appears irregularly with the squad in seasons one and two. He often is part of Hanley's
support staff. He dislikes Billy Nelson, thinking "the little twerp" will lose
the war for them.
CROWN : Crown joins the squad in "Rear Echelon Commandos". He mouths off at
every opportunity and is a shirker. He just wants to be transferred back to special
services where he can continue as a disk jockey. Eventually Saunders molds him into a good
frontline soldier. He is young, short, and has blond hair. He is seen off and on in season
one. (Note: The actor is seen in similar roles in seasons two through four, but the
character played is not Crown.)
TEMPLE : Temple is another misfit who joins the squad in
"Rear Echelon Commandos." A ballet dancer before the war, Temple has been a
calisthenics instructor for the Army. He is fearful about his first mission, but winds up
using his ballet skills to save the patrol. In "I
Swear By Apollo" he is killed by a mine.
BROCKMEYER : This beefy
blond is the squad's radio man and German interpreter in season one. He is a corporal in
early appearances, but by the episode "Next In
Command" he is a buck private. No explanation for his demotion or disappearance
after first season is given. (The actor who plays Brockmeyer, Fletcher Fist, appears in
later seasons as different characters in "The Glory
Among Men" and "The Long Wait.")
AVERY : Before and during the battle of St-Lo, Sergeant
Avery was the platoon sergeant for King Company. Saunders respected and emulated this
tough, savvy soldier. Avery was listed as missing in action at St-Lo, but Kirby was
certain he ran under fire, abandoning his men. Months later when Avery shows up dressed as
a French civilian, Saunders and he must prove that he's not a deserter. But the truth is
worse--the months of peace and hope he enjoyed while trapped behind enemy lines broke this
soldier, making him afraid to risk his life again (episode "A Gift of Hope").
CAPTAIN JAMPEL : Captain Jampel is
cited in many episodes as the commander of King Company (though other commanders are
occasionally mentioned). In the episode "The Sniper",
Jampel is referred to as a Major. Jampel is played by several actors in the course of the
series. He is always portrayed as strong-willed and by-the-book.
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