Frank Sutton (1923-1974) USA WW II. Distinguished himself by participating in 14 assault landings in the Pacific Theater including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan, and Corregidor. Is said to have earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Best remembered for his role as Marine Gunnery Sgt. & Drill Instructor Vince Carter in the TV series “Gomer Pyle, USMC”. Ironically, Sutton tried to join the Marine Corps but couldn’t pass the physical, though he later earned a Black Belt in judo.
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. is a situation comedy that aired for five seasons on CBS from 1964 to 1969. The pilot episode of the series aired as a fourth season episode of The Andy Griffith Show. The series, created by Aaron Ruben, starred Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle as he serves in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Henderson in California, under the command of Sergeant Vince Carter (Frank Sutton).