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"Who are you supposed to be?"
"I'm... Captain America."
"I beg your pardon?"
―Gabe Jones, Captain America, and James Montgomery Falsworth[src]

Private Gabriel "Gabe" Jones is a soldier and a member of an elite special unit of Allied soldiers formed in World War II known as the Howling Commandos.

Biography

World War II

"There's got to be at least five mortar companies out there!"
"Get ahold of B Company, tell them we need cover!"
"That might be tough."
Dum Dum Dugan, Bucky Barnes and Gabe Jones[src]

A native of Macon, Georgia, Gabe Jones studied German and French[1] at Howard University[2] before joining the United States Armed Forces. Jones would eventually join the 92nd Infantry, a unit he described as "All black, all proud."[3] In 1943, while fighting alongside Bucky Barnes and Dum Dum Dugan Jones was captured by HYDRA and placed in a cell with other allied prisoners where he was forced to build powerful weapons for his enemy.[1]

Breakout

"That one. "Zündung.""
"Zündung?"
"Get this thing going, Dugan!"
―Gabe Jones, Dum Dum Dugan and James Montgomery Falsworth[src]
POWs

Jones with the other POWs

When Captain America single-handedly assaulted the facility in which he was prisoner. Jones, along with his companions, broke free and wreaked havoc on the HYDRA soldiers and the base by controlling a tank with Dum Dum Dugan, because Jones spoke fluent German he could show Dugan how to control the tank while James Montgomery Falsworth fired the cannon. Jones joined the rest of the rescued unit and returned back to US military base immediately after.[1]

Howling Commandos

Commando Recruitment 2

Jones joins the Howling Commandos

"We barely got out of there alive, and you want us to go back?"
"Pretty much."
―Gabe Jones and Steve Rogers[src]

Shortly after their breakout, Jones and his comrades enjoyed a drink together in an English pub when they were invited, by Steve Rogers, to join a special elite squadron, led by Rogers himself. Jones, after a brief conversation in French with Jacques Dernier, happily accepted alongside Dum Dum Dugan, James Montgomery Falsworth and Jim Morita.[1]

Capture of Arnim Zola

Gabe Thompson

Jones during a mission in World War II

"You were right, Doctor Zola's on the train. HYDRA dispatcher gave him permission to open up the throttle, wherever he's going they must need him bad."
―Gabe Jones to Captain America[src]
Gabe train

Along with the other Commandos, Jones took part of every assault against HYDRA. This included a mission to capture HYDRA scientist Doctor Arnim Zola. Jones, Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers boarded the Schnellzug EB912. Rogers and Barnes entered the train while Jones remained on the roof and made his way to the head of the train. Jones took Arnim Zola into custody; however, he later learnt that Barnes had been killed during the mission.[1]

Attack on HYDRA Headquarters

"Schmidt's working with powers beyond our capabilities. He gets across the Atlantic, he will wipe out the entire eastern sea board in an hour."
"How much time we got? "
Howard Stark and Gabe Jones[src]

Jones was present at the final assault against HYDRA at Johann Schmidt's fortress, and was one of the last people to speak with Captain America before he was lost to the ice.[1]

Abilties

  • Expert Marksman: Jones wielded a machine gun during World War II as his weapon of choice, using it to successfully raid many HYDRA facilities across Occupied Europe.
  • Multilingualism: Jones spoke English, French, and German fluently, providing translations to his squad members.

Equipment

Weapons

Gabe M1919

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Gabe Jones was the first African-American regular supporting character. His relationship with Peggy Carter was one of the first interracial relationships in comics.
  • The name Gabe Jones is never used in the film itself. It is only seen in the credits.
  • Gabe Jones, Dum Dum Dugan, and Jim Morita are the only original Howling Commandos from the comics to appear as members in Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • It was revealed in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series that Antoine Triplett is the grandson of one of the Howling Commandos. Some viewers believe that Gabe Jones could be his grandfather, since he was the only African-American Howling Commando (until the introduction of Happy Sam Sawyer). Jones was hinted in one episode when Triplett disguised himself as "General Jones".

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