G. I. Joe (a.k.a. Joseph B. Colton) graduated in 1960 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, receiving the academy's highest possible honors. An expert marksman, he is proficient with all modern weaponry from M60 machine guns to attack helicopters and L.A.W.'s (Light Armored Weapons). Recruited by Special Forces, Colton was destined for military glory, quickly distinguishing himself as an outstanding Green Beret. In 1963, after participating in "ultra" top secret combat operations and extensive tours of duty in trouble spots around the world, 1st Lt. Joseph B. Colton became the most decorated–and most feared–battlefield soldier the world had ever known. Recognizing Colton's innate combat skills and his warrior heart pumping courage through his veins, then President, John F.Kennedy, secretly selected him to create and command an ULTIMATE freedom fighting force. Other ranking soldiers had been passed over for this elite, presidential appointment. Colton was issued his code name "G. I. Joe," and began building his team with the toughest men the armed services could muster. From there, G. I. Joe would change the course of military history and re-define the word hero!