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However, he is particularly brutal and cruel towards one Marine named Leonard Lawrence, of whom he nicknames "Gomer Pyle". Throughout the film, he verbally, physically and emotionally abuses his recruits, albeit simply to get them ready for the ruthlessness they will be facing in the war. When Pyle is unresponsive to Hartman's harsh discipline, Pyle is eventually assigned to Private Joker's squad. Pyle improves with Joker's help, but his progress halts when Hartman discovers a contraband jelly doughnut in Pyle's foot locker. Blaming his recruits for not improving Pyle, he decides that from now one, for every mistake Private Pyle makes, he will punish the entire platoon for them while Pyle will be spared. In retaliation for Pyle's failures, the platoon hazes and brutalizes him with a blanket party, restraining him in his bunk while beating him with bars of soap wrapped in towels and used like blackjacks. After this incident, Pyle reinvents himself as a model Marine. This impresses Hartman but worries Joker, who recognizes signs of mental breakdown in Pyle, such as him talking to his M14 rifle. Eventually, after graduation, Joker spots Pyle in the bathroom, who is now suffering a mental breakdown. Joker attempts to calm down Pyle, but then Pyle executes drill commands and loudly recites the Rifleman's Creed. This wakes up the platoon, including Hartman who comes into the bathroom, and notices Pyle with his rifle. Shocked at this, Hartman attempts to make Pyle surrender his rifle by barking out more insults at him. This fails and gets him killed, before Pyle kills himself soon afterwards.