Real Name: Peter Castel
Identity/Class: Normal human (WWII to 1950s era)
formerly US Marine
Group Membership: None;
formerly US Marine Corps, Carlson's Raiders
Affiliations: Carlson (first name unrevealed,
see comments), fellow US Marines, Mrs. Williams
Enemies: Japanese military (WWII)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: unrevealed location in the
formerly Pacific theater of war (WWII)
First Appearance: Marines in Action#3/5
Powers/Abilities: Peter Castel is a qualified
veterinarian. He has also been trained as a US Marine soldier and proved
proficient in hand-to-hand combat, handling guns and aiming accuracy.
Courageous, yet slight in frame and quiet in
character, he was also stealthy in his younger days. He has vision
issues, which are remedied by spectacles.
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Dark brown
(Marines in Action#3/5 (fb) - BTS) - Peter Castel was
never ill in his life. Apparently introverted, he was quiet, peaceful
and easy-going. He graduated from veterinary school.
(Marines in Action#3/5 (fb)) - With war raging in the Pacific between the USA and Japan, Peter Castel sought to enlist with the prestigious US Marines. Acquaintances of his saw him and mocked him for not being "rugged" enough for the Marines, even deriding his education as a potential easy entry into the army. But Castel passed the Marines' mental and physical tests, showing strength despite his slight frame. He completed basic training in his quiet, unassuming way without complaint, yet caught the eye of commanders with his courage, wiry build and focus as a potential Raider. He was transferred to the Second Marine Raider Battalion (also known as Carlson's Raiders) and trained in jungle warfare. In late 1942, the Raiders were sent to Guadalcanal, their tough, emotionless fighting focus earning the respect of US general infantry. Carlson's Raiders traveled light and hit hard, killing, destroying and capturing Japanese troops and supplies. Castel was ordered to scout ahead; he killed a Japanese guard and spotted a major group of enemy troops. He reported back to his leader Carlson; the Raiders attacked viciously and the enemy was destroyed. Relief came later and the Raiders quietly marched away, having helped secure victory on Guadalcanal for the USA. They were watched by admiring army men.
(Marines in Action#3/5 (fb) - BTS) - The war ended
and US soldiers were discharged to resume civilian pursuits. Castel
returned and set up a vet practice.
(Marines in Action#3/5) - Castel
was admired by Mrs. Williams for having tended her dog at the practice,
but her husband, having seen the "real men" of the Raiders in
Guadalcanal years before (but not recognizing Castel), berated her for
admiring such a gentle man.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Bob Brown (pencils).
Carlson's Raiders at Guadalcanal refers to the
squad of the 2nd
Marine Raider Battalion commanded by LtCol. Evans Carlson,
notably that of Carlson's
patrol. Described as an elite squad within an elite group,
Carlson's Raiders nevertheless performed mostly as infantry.
I wonder if he crossed paths with "Boot-Camp"
Brady in Guadalcanal?
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Peter Castel has no known connections to:
Carlson has no known connections to:
Led by an officer named Carlson (likely first name
Evans - see comments),
Carlson's Raiders was an elite squad of hand-picked US Marines trained
for jungle warfare and included Peter Castel. They traveled light and
hit hard, and were very focused on their missions, showing little
emotion. They were admired by US army men as human fighting machines,
but feared by Japanese infantry. During the battle to control
Guadalcanal in the Pacific, Carlson's Raiders covered 150 miles of
jungle in a month, destroying Japanese supplies and killing many
opponents, including a major Japanese force discovered by Castel.
Having secured victory and relief having arrived, the Raiders left
Guadalcanal on December 9, 1942.
--Marines in Action#3/5
Marines in Action#3/5, p5, pan7 (main image)
p2, pan4 (headshot, enlisting)
p6, pan5 (as veterinarian)
p3, pan7 (Carlson & Raider)
p3, pan4 (group of Carlson's Raiders)
Marines in Action#3/5 (October, 1955) - uncredited writer, Bob Brown (pencils), uncredited inker, uncredited editor
Last updated: 02/06/2019
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