Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was a television series that ran on CBS from 1964 to 1969, with episodes rerun in mid-1970. The series, which was a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, featured Jim Nabors reprising his role as the bumbling but lovable Gomer Pyle, who had left the town of Mayberry and joined the U.S. Marines. The series mostly revolved around Pyle's misadventures in the Marines, usually ending with his good-naturedness winning over the other Marines, especially his hard-nosed drill sergeant, Vince Carter.

On August 9, 2001, Gomer Pyle was promoted to Lance Corporal by General James L. Jones, then Commandant of the US Marine Corps, for the character's promotion of Marine values of selfless devotion to duty and unquestionable loyalty.

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Dialogue from an episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was can be heard in the song Nobody Home from Pink Floyd's album The Wall, specifically Gomer's trademark line "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

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