The Unknown Soldier was an American operative during World War II. His face in bandages and his true identity unknown, he was an expert in infiltration and disguise.
The Unknown Soldier was an unnamed young man who joined the United States Army together with his brother Harry less than two months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Assigned to the Philippines when the Pacific War broke out, he and Harry were present when the Japanese swept across the islands. In their foxhole, Harry told his brother not to lose hope even though they are outnumbered, because "one guy can affect the outcome of a whole war! One guy in the right place… at the right time…"
The two were fighting off wave after wave of invading Japanese soldiers when a hand grenade landed near their foxhole. Harry threw himself on the grenade and was killed instantly, but the explosion also injured the unnamed soldier's face. In a rage, the soldier defeated the remaining Japanese single-handedly, but his face was obliterated by the grenade and doctors were unable to restore it. Turning down a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions, the soldier instead volunteered to be that "one man in the right place" that Harry spoke of. His previous identity was erased and he underwent intensive training to become an intelligence operative code-named "The Unknown Soldier".
The Unknown Soldier's exploits in the European and Pacific theaters of World War II became legendary. Over the course of his missions, the Soldier built up a supporting crew, including Sergeant Chat Noir, an African American soldier and former French Resistance leader whom the Soldier first encountered a few days prior to D-Day. The Soldier also occasionally used the services of an informant known only as "Sparrow", who worked behind enemy lines.
During the Battle of Berlin, the Unknown Soldier was sent on a mission to stop a Nazi super-weapon, vampiric octopuses called "Nosferatu". During the mission both Sparrow and Chat Noir were killed. On April 29, 1945, the Soldier infiltrated Adolf Hitler's bunker, killing him and assuming the dictator's identity to call off the weapon's deployment. He then made Hitler's death look like a suicide so people would assume Hitler took the coward's way out. As the Soldier made his way to the Allied lines, he saved the life of a civilian girl from a bomb blast, apparently being killed himself.
In it is later revealed that the Soldier did survive, but was officially declared dead by his superiors, his continued existence being kept top-secret from that point on. He had secretly attended a WW2 veterans meeting in 1976, wearing a disguise.
Powers and Abilities
- Disguise: The Unknown Soldier is also a master of disguise.
- Espionage: His speciality is espionage and counterintelligence.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Military Protocol: The Unknown Soldier is expertly trained in a manner of military combat.
- Mimicry: His talent in this regard is so effective, that when impersonating an individual, even their closest colleagues cannot tell that they have been duped.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- The Unknown Soldier's face is so gruesomely disfigured that he is required to wear special protective bandages at all times.
- 145 Appearances of Unknown Soldier (New Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Unknown Soldier (New Earth)
- 28 Quotations by or about Unknown Soldier (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Unknown Soldier (New Earth)
- Star-Spangled War Stories #154
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #25
- Unknown Soldier #268
- Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #82
- DC Universe Legacies #4; even he has feelings for former comrades.
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