Jim Nabors passes

| November 30, 2017 | 30 Comments

Chip sends us the sad news that Jim Nabors who portrayed Gomer Pyle in the show of that name for five years – the Marine against whom every real Marine was measured from those days forward – has passed at the age of 87.

Although Nabors had never served, he was promoted twice as Pyle by the Marine Corps according to Wiki;

“Gomer Pyle” received an honorary promotion to Lance Corporal from the Commandant of the Marine Corps James L. Jones in 2001, and on September 25, 2007, he was promoted from Lance Corporal to Corporal by Lt. General John F. Goodman.

He was a big life-long supporter of Marines, even during the Vietnam War days when it wasn’t popular to do so.

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  1. Fm2176 says:

    RIP, he was a fine singer as well.

  2. JacktheJarhead says:

    Thanks for some great memories Private Pyle!

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    Rest in Peace good sir! Goooooolyeeeeeeeee!

  4. SSG Kane says:

    I vaguely remember SJW’s holding him up as an example of fine upstanding men and women who wanted to serve but weren’t allowed to because of their sexual orientation.

    It really burned me, because he still served his country and his fellow man and to see them try and use him like that felt disgraceful.

  5. Graybeard says:

    Sad to hear. We certainly enjoyed watching his “Gomer Pyle” character, but his singing was excellent as well.

  6. Sparks says:

    Thanks for giving so much Mr. Nabors. Lots of laughs and a voice compared to few. Rest in peace Sir.

  7. AnotherPat says:

    Jim Nabors: A University of Alabama Alumni. Roll Tide.🐘🏈.

    Rest in Peace.

  8. Carlton G. Long says:


    I also enjoyed his “Kung Fu” skit on The Carol Burnett Show.

  9. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    He invited one of my coworkers to his place for beers in Hawaii back in the late 70s….my coworker didn’t know Nabors was gay…until they got upstairs at which point my coworker politely excused himself and left….no one got beat up, no one was insulted and no one was harassed…just a simple misunderstanding.

    May he rest in peace.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    His was an amazing voice. I will miss that sound.

  11. David says:

    “well, surprahz, surprahz, surprahz!” Funny how two of the great ‘surprise’ singing voices, M-m-m-m-mel Tillis, and Jom Nabors, died so close together.

  12. Just An Old Dog says:

    When I was at MCRD in the early 90s we still referred to the Archway that led to the Parade feck with the Huge USMC emblem as “The Gomer Pyle Arch”.
    In the opening credits of the show they showed Gomer and his Platoon being marched by that arch, or one similar to it.

  13. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Corporal Nabors.

  14. akpual says:

    Back Home Again In Indiana.

  15. Nevada39 says:

    Maybe you should read it, and not let others tell you what it means.

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