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I hope you can help with this, but I'm trying to piece together the military history of a fictional TV character, namely "Skipper" Jonas Grumby from "Gilligan's Island." Through the series, several clues were mentioned about his career, but the only constant was that he once served in the Navy.

Other clues mention he was a former captain in the U.S. Navy during World War Two, he mentions he was the best poker player in the 7th Fleet, being in the 177th Infantry and being a cook on an aircraft carrier. He had three ships shot out from under him during World War Two. Is it likely that one Navy Captain would have a career that accounts for all this?

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William,
If he was an officer, he was a Commander, an 0-5.  You can be a captain of a ship at any rank, not a Captain in rank. I doubt he would've held the rank of Captain because of his weight and because he had 3 ships "shot out from under him".  That would be a career killer. One ship shot out from under you and you're a hero, two and they wonder why you didn't "go down with the ship" and probably never give you a third, three and you're a jinx and must be doing something wrong.  During the war there were a lot of 0-5 captains.  In all probability, an enlisted cook was probably correct.  Owning the boat tour business he would be Gilligan's skipper.  But on TV anything can happen.
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All military questions, any Service. 30 years experience & two Ph.D.'s. 4 times Base Commander. Worked with Army, Navy, USMC, USCG and several foreign military units. Veteran of Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 10 civil wars in Africa.

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Org of Am Historians, Wild West History Assoc., Disabled American Veterans - Life Member, Am Motorcyclist Assoc. - Life Member, North Am Hunt Club - Life Member, NWTF - Life Member

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Numerous book reviews published in the Journal of American History. Two books submitted for publication. Co-Author of two more. Eisenhower memorial Library (interview with U.S. Presidential chaffeur

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Ph.D. in military history, Columbus University (Summa Cum Laude) Ph.D. in history, London, England (Summa Cum Laude) Master of Arts degree in history, Marshall University, WV Bachelors degree, double-major in history and mathematics, Salem College, WV Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

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Legion of Merit, Defense MSM, 5 Meritous Service Medals,Joint Commendation Medal AF Commendation Medal Army Commendation Joint Achievement Medal AF Achievement Medal Outstanding Volunteer Medal Total of 33 Medals and 43 Ribbons

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