Recondo (G.I. Joe)

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G.I. Joe character
Recondo as seen in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe animated series.
First appearance1984
Voiced byBill Morey
AffiliationG.I. Joe
SpecialtyJungle Trooper
File nameLeClaire, Daniel M.
Birth placeWheaton, Wisconsin
RankE-4 (Corporal)
E-7 (Sergeant First Class) (Devil's Due comics)
Primary MOSInfantry
Secondary MOSIntelligence
SubgroupsTiger Force

Recondo is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and animated series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's original jungle trooper, and debuted in 1984.


His real name is Daniel M. LeClaire, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Recondo was born in Wheaton, Wisconsin.

Recondo's primary military specialty is infantry and his secondary military specialty is intelligence. He was a Cadre member at the Jungle Warfare Training Center. Recondo hates the cold, and loves being in the jungle, hauling a rucksack through the bush, and sweating through his cammies. He is a qualified expert with the M-16, Swedish K, grease gun, M-1911A1 Auto Pistol and M-79 grenade launcher.[1]


Recondo was first released as an action figure in 1984.[2]

The figure was repainted and released as part of the Tiger Force line in 1988, packaged with the "Tiger Fly" covert assault helicopter. The file card for this figure reveals Recondo has extensive experience with helicopters.[3]


Marvel Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #32 (February 1985), where he has nothing more difficult to deal with than the chaos involving a party celebrating the refurbishment of G.I. Joe headquarters.[4] He is soon assigned to the jungles of the fictional country of Sierra Gordo, whose government had fallen apart after the Joes chased Cobra out. Gung-Ho, Stalker, Ripcord and Roadblock arrive to rescue Dr. Adele Burkhardt, a peace activist who was the sole survivor of a goodwill mission. There is a tense stand-off because the Joes aren't quite familiar with Recondo but this ends peacefully. During the mission, Russian snipers shoot and kill three of Recondo's native Tucaro allies. In return, Recondo hunts and kills the snipers and offers their rifles to the raging river, a process that respects the beliefs of the Tucaros.[5] Recondo then assists in a sea battle off the coast of Cobra Island.[6]

Recondo is badly wounded in the battle of Springfield but recovers.[7]

Recondo is featured in the second issue of the spin-off series G.I. Joe Special Missions. Along with Dial-Tone, Clutch and Roadblock, he is sent to a South American jungle to gain needed, life-saving knowledge out of a suspected Nazi war criminal. The group comes into conflict with an Israeli commando team looking to kill the man they need to talk to.[8]

Recondo is seen as part of a multi-vehicle secondary assault team during the Cobra Island civil war storyline.[9]

Devil's Due[edit]

In the later Devil's Due series, G.I. Joe America's Elite, the Cobra operative Major Bludd claims to have killed Recondo.[10] This claim is untrue, as Recondo had survived his confrontation with Major Bludd, partly due to interference by his Tucaro allies. Only the Joe member Sparks knows this is true: Recondo wishes to remain officially dead so he can secretly work against Cobra.[11]

Animated series[edit]


He first appeared in the Sunbow G.I. Joe animated series in the mini-series "Revenge of Cobra". He is a First Season Regular, in the second season he is reduced to a background character.

Video games[edit]

Recondo is one of the featured characters in the 1985 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero computer game.[12]

He appears as a non-playable supporting character in the 2009 video game G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, voiced by Brian Bloom.


He co-stars in the 'Find-Your-Fate' novel, 'Operation: Tiger Strike'.[13]


  1. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie (ed.). G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 80. ISBN 0-87135-288-5.
  2. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 100. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
  3. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 119. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
  4. ^ G.I. Joe A Real American Hero Vol1 #32 (1985)
  5. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #39 (Sept. 1985)
  6. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #40 (Oct. 1985)
  7. ^ G.I. Joe #50
  8. ^ G.I. Joe Special Missions #2 (Dec. 1986)
  9. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #76 (Sept. 1988)
  10. ^ "G.I. Joe America's Elite" #23 (May 2007)
  11. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions Tokyo" September 2006
  12. ^ Roberts, Matt. "G.I. Joe for Personal Computers". Retrieved 2010-03-20.
  13. ^ OPERATION: TIGER STRIKE (G.I. Joe, No 19). "'Operation: Tiger Strike' information". Retrieved 2012-09-18.

External links[edit]

  • Recondo at JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Home Page