Real Name: Ronson Carpenter

Identity/Class: Human (Native American, Navaho, World War II era)

Occupation: Soldier

Group Membership: US Military

Affiliations: Deadly Dozen, Richard Longtree, Wildcat Smith

Enemies: Nazis

Known Relatives: Unnamed father

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Nazi concentration camp, 1940's

First Appearance: Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen#2 (August, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Ronson Carpenter was a determined and capable fighter, despite his reputation as a coward.

History: (Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen#2 (fb) - BTS) - Ronson Carpenter was a Navaho, and son of his tribe's chief, destined to assume his father's mantle of leadership. He became a soldier during World War II but was accused of cowardice. Around 1942, he was captured by the Nazis, and sent to a concentration camp alongside Richard Longtree and Wildcat Smith. Carpenter made escape attempts, but the other prisoners refused to help him, Smith or Longtree, afraid of retaliation.

(Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen#2) - After two years in the camp, Longtree attacked a guard one day and was beaten badly. Smith wanted to help Longtree fight the guards, but Carpenter wisely held him back. Carpenter and Smith brought him back to their quarters to tend his wounds, and soon discovered that Jay Little Bear, Combat Kelly, Dino Manelli and Percival Pinkerton of the Deadly Dozen had tunneled into the camp to spearhead a rescue operation. Pinkerton had brought a medical kit, and saw to Longtree's injuries. Although the other prisoners had refused to help the three Native men in the past, they agreed to participate in this attempt. The Deadly Dozen set off an explosives in their tunnels, and used the explosion to help cover their escape attempt. Smith and Carpenter reached the woods, but learned that Longtree had gone back to help others. They went to join him, and they all opened fire on a German plane that was strafing the escapees, and managed to down it, but the plane crashed on top of them, killing them all.

Combat Kelly asked Captain Sam Sawyer to grant the three men the Medal of Honor, but Sawyer refused because their families hadn't been told about the earlier charges of cowardice, and the best he could do was to see to it that they never found out.

Comments: Created by Gary Friedrich, Dick Ayers and Mike Esposito.

by Prime Eternal

Ronson Carpenter should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Combat Kelly#2, page 18, panel 2
Combat Kelly#2, page 2, panel 3

Last updated: 06/21/05

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