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SMOKEY HALLIGAN

Real Name: Pvt. "Smokey" Halligan (first name unrevealed)

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)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in Germany;
   formerly USA

First Appearance: War Adventures#1/1 (January, 1952)

Powers/Abilities: Smokey Halligan was trained as a US infantry soldier for the World War II campaign, but was racist toward Japanese.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Blond

History:

(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 forces, fostering racially motivated prejudice and distrust of all Japanese and their immediate descendants.

(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 battle-hardened team to act as escorts for a month. Distrustful, Halligan stayed at the rear to keep 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 in turn. Halligan watched as the Germans thought the Nisei an ally. Instead the Nisei soldier tore into the Germans with his bayoneted rifle, but was raked 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 troops.

 

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.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Smokey Halligan has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
War Adventures#1, p5, pan6 (main image)
   p4, pan5 (headshot)


Appearances:
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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