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Honorary Marine Corporal Jim Nabors Dies At 87

Jim Nabors, a popular singer and comedian made famous by military comedy Gomer Pyle, has died...

Jim Nabors, the popular singer and comedian made famous by military comedy 'Gomer Pyle, USMC' has died at the age of 87.

His rise to fame started when he took a small role in The Andy Griffith Show in 1962.

He proved so popular that Gomer went on to join the US Marine Corps, entertaining audiences alongside Frank Sutton, who played his sergeant.

He played a well-meaning, unsophisticated character who faced the hard realities of military life, dealing with them through comedy.

In 2001 he was made an honorary corporal in the US Marine Corps for real, being promoted to lance corporal in 2007.

The show was produced in the midst of the Vietnam War but never actually featured any conflict.

Nabors had an excellent singing voice and produced over 30 albums across a broad range of genres, including everything from country to religious and Christmas-themed albums.

He sang John Denver classic 'Back Home Again' at the Indianapolis 500 for 36 years, still showing off his excellent voice up to 2014, despite his age.


The world will miss Jim Nabors and his classic, good-hearted take on life. 

If you're unfamiliar with his work make sure you catch Gomer Pyle when it returns after Christmas on Forces TV, or read our introduction.

For more classic military comedy, check out The Phil Silvers Show on Forces TV...