Saturday, February 14, 2015

Junior Juniper

Real Name
Jonathan Juniper 

Soldier, former student


Place of Birth

Known Relatives
Roger Juniper (great-nephew, deceased)

Group Affiliation
Howling Commandos

College degree

5' 5"

110 lbs.




Junior Juniper was skilled as a tailgunner on a B-17. He was also a trained ranger/commando; thus, being proficient with a knife, grenade, dynamite, and submachine gun.

Other Info 
Jonathan "Junior" Juniper attended an Ivy League school. But after the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, he joined the Army and became a gunner in the Army Air Services. During that period of service, he downed at least ten German planes as a tailgunner on a B-17. Soon after, Junior volunteered for commando training. His impressive record caught the attention of Captain Sam Sawyer, who eventually assigned Juniper to Sergeant Nick Fury's First Attack Squad. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)

The team's first mission was to rescue Dr. MacMillan (an English rocket scientist) from a German base outside of Paris. Soon after arriving at the German base, they soon realized that they did not possess enough firepower to take on the entire complex. However, it was Junior who--inspired by the biblical tale of Gideon--had the idea of stealing a truck with loudspeakers and using it to make their forces sound much larger than they really were. His idea actually worked and it was from this event that their team earned the nickname "Howling Commandos."

Juniper accompanied the "Howlers" on several more missions in occupied France, Italy, and Germany. Some of these missions included the rescue of a French Resistance leader, creating a diversion while the Allied navy destroyed German U-Boat pens, and the destruction of a German atomic energy research facility in Heinemund which also resulted in the liberation of a concentration camp.

At one point, the Howlers were sent into Berlin itself to help capture Lord Ha-Ha--a British traitor and Nazi propagandist. After capturing Lord Ha-Ha, the commandos waited for their transport back to England in a house on the coast of Bremerhaven. However, when a Nazi patrol went by, Lord Ha-Ha alerted the soldiers who actually ended up shooting him and began firing at the house where the Howling Commandos were waiting. Rather than wait for the shells to kill them, the Howlers charged out to battle. Unfortutnatly, duing the attack, Juniper took a bullet and died almost instantly. The Howling Commandos were able to escape, but Juniper's death had a profound effect on the team. (To learn about the Nazi Party, click on their highlighted name above.)

Much later, Nick Fury named Junior Juniper as one of the best friends he had ever had.

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Junior Juniper appears on the TV series Marvel's Agent Carter as one of the Howling Commandos that assisted Peggy Carter in Russia.

Interestingly, Junior Juniper was the only Howling Commando ever to die in battle, and the first main character to actually die permanently in Marvel Comics.

1 comment:

  1. WHOA - he's the one who gave them the name "Howling Commandos" and then he DIED?! Whaaaaat?