Rambo series- The Origin of Rambo

Every character has an origin story. Of what a fictional character is, and what he/she is meant to be. Ever since I did my ‘Origin of Nami’, this one is the whole origin story of Sylvester Stallone’s movie character, Rambo. From his days of fighting in the Vietnam War, to Part I of the opening scene of “Rambo: First Blood”.

His real name is John J. Rambo. A Christian. Born on July 6th, 1947, in Bowie, Arizona, USA to Native-American father Reevis Rambo (1922-2000) and German mother Helga Rambo (1926-1967). John also has a niece named Shirlene.

On August 6th, 1964, Rambo was 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Drafted in Vietnam. After he graduated from Rangefield High School in 1965, his military service began in January 1966. Rambo was deployed to South Vietnam in September 1966. After he returned to the U.S. in 1967, he began to do some more training with the U.S. Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina under Colonel Trautman’s tutelage.

In late 1969, Rambo was redeployed to Vietnam as a member of an SOG brigade. He became part of a Special Forces long range reconnaissance patrol unit commanded by Colonel Trautman. Other members were Delmar Barry (the African-American friend who died of cancer, by Agent Orange), Joseph Danforth, Manuel Ortega, Paul Messner, Delbert Krackhauer, Giuseppe Colletta, and Ralph Jorgensen. At some point, during the war on their R&R time, Danforth died in Rambo’s arms after being fatally wounded by a rigged shoebox by the Viet Cong.

Later on, during a mission in November of 1971, Rambo’s unit came under a surprise attack by the NVA. Delmar, Rambo, and the rest of their members were taken to a POW camp near the Chinese-Vietnamese border. All including many other American soldiers were imprisoned and repeatedly tortured. Rambo’s unit was decimated during the ordeal (including the friends he had met), and the rest that faced the wrath of the Viet Cong. However in May of 1972, Rambo and Delmar had escaped. And were the only two that made it.

By his own request, Rambo was immediately re-deployed afterwards. At some point in his military career, he also received training in flying helicopters. On September 27th, 1974 when the Vietnam War was coming to an end, he finally received his official military discharge. He must’ve been a first lieutenant when he finally left. Especially when he won a lot of medals including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Upon his return to the USA, many American civilians have hated soldiers returning from Vietnam. To the time when Richard Nixon was having problems of his own, before his interviews with David Frost.

He and many other soldiers claimed that were being subject to humiliation and embarrassment by anti-war hippie weirdos who three garbage at them, and called them ‘baby killers’. His experiences in Vietnam and homecoming gave him PTSD, and then we get to the opening scene of ‘Rambo: First Blood’ Part I. To the moment that Delmar died the summer of 1980, because of cancer by Agent Orange from Vietnam. A year later, when Rambo came to his place, he found out about what happened, as he realized that he is the last member of his team that he had ever had as U.S. Special Forces soldier in Vietnam. After that, he went berserk against Will Teasle near Hope, Washington, and that’s it.

From that origin story, to both parts of ‘First Blood’ in film, it all makes sense. On how Sylvester Stallone took this character from the novel by Dave Morrell, made the character of how this guy is, and why he would be what they call him, ‘a one man army’.

In conclusion, after those two, and three more sequels that I didn’t like, Rambo gladly returned to his home in Bowie, Arizona as he took care of his family’s ranch. Fully retired, and promised his deceased parents that he’ll keep his memories of them alive.

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