Real Name: Pvt. "Smokey" Halligan (first name
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II era)
Occupation: Soldier (Private)
Group Membership: US Army
Affiliations: Captain Drake, fellow US soldier
(including Nisei soldier (name unrevealed))
Enemies: German Nazi soldiers
Known Relatives: younger brother (name
unrevealed, deceased), cousin (name unrevealed, deceased)
Base of Operations: Mobile in Germany;
First Appearance: War Adventures#1/1 (January,
Powers/Abilities: Smokey Halligan was trained
as a US infantry soldier for the World War II campaign, but was racist
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
(War Adventures#1 (fb) - BTS) - Smokey Halligan was
US infantry soldier (Private) engaged in Germany in the last stages of
WWII with battle experience. At some point in the war, his younger
brother had died in a Japanese
prison camp while his cousin had been tortured to death by Japanese
racially motivated prejudice and distrust of all Japanese and their
(War Adventures#1) - Taking a short break from
marching in a ruined German town with his fellow small band of
soldiers, Halligan derided the Nisei troops (Americans of Japanese
descent) marching nearby. Captain Drake ordered Halligan and his
to act as escorts for a month. Distrustful, Halligan stayed at the rear
an eye on the Nisei troops; Drake observed this and ordered him to
cooperate. Despite the Nisei soldiers' considerable courage under fire,
Halligan refused to cover them charging. Instead, Halligan was caught
in a landslide from an exploding shell. Trapped neck-deep in dirt,
three German soldiers menaced him but a Nisei soldier challenged them
Halligan watched as the Germans thought the Nisei an ally. Instead the
Nisei soldier tore into the Germans with his bayoneted rifle, but was
with gunfire. Halligan pulled himself free and apologized as he cradled
the dying Nisei, who asked Halligan to take over the continuing fight.
Halligan promised he would, striding angrily in the direction of German
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Robert Sale (pencils & inks).
"Smokey" should be considered his nickname as his real first name was unrevealed. Unfortunately, the Nisei was not named in the story; maybe "Hiro" would be appropriate (sounds like "hero").
In the story, the Nisei soldiers' battle cry was "Go for broke!" as they valiantly charged.
In real life, the Nisei regiments saw distinguished service in World War II, notably Europe.
"Nisei" translates from Japanese to English as "second generation" and, in this profile's context, covers Americans born and educated in the USA who were children of Japanese immigrants to the USA.
Racial segregation in the US armed forces officially ended in 1948.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Smokey Halligan has no known connections to:
War Adventures#1, p5, pan6 (main image)
p4, pan5 (headshot)
War Adventures#1/1 (January, 1952) - uncredited writer, Robert Sale (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 11/11/18
Last updated: 11/11/18
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