Gung-Ho is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's original Marine and debuted in 1983.


Gung-Ho's real name is Ettienne R. LaFitte, and his rank was originally that of a Marine Gunnery Sergeant E-7. He was later promoted to Sergeant Major E-9 (USMC). Gung-Ho was born into a large Cajun clan, in the fictional Fer-de-Lance, Louisiana. He eventually moved to New Orleans, earning a reputation as a bare-knuckle brawler and knife fighter.

He joined the Marines at age 18, and was the distinguished honor graduate from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island. Gung-Ho has attended Airborne School, Recon School, Marine Ordinance School, Administration School at Camp Johnson, and is a qualified expert in all NATO infantry small arms, and the XM-76 grenade launcher.



Gung-Ho appeared in the original G.I. Joe animated series. He first appeared in the animated series in the "A Real American Hero" mini-series. He was voiced by the late Chris Latta in a southern accent, despite the fact that he is of French Cajun ancestry.

G.I. Joe: The Movie

Gung-Ho plays a minor but critical role in G.I. Joe The Movie. Bazooka, Alpine, and Gung-Ho are charged with guarding the captured Serpentor. Lt. Falcon is supposed to be guarding the front, but leaves his post. As a result, all three Joes are attacked by the Dreadnoks and Nemesis Enforcer. Gung-Ho sounds the alarm before Serpentor escapes.


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