Is Jack Grillo Bear Grylls?

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Maj. Grillo Memorial Video

A screenshot photo of WWII SAS Maj. Jack Grillo from Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA).

Maj. Jack Grillo as he first appears in Allied Assault.

I’ve got some good news and some bad news for everyone today. Prepare yourselves, the bad news is coming first.

Maj. Jack Grillo is dead.

That’s right. The turtleneck-wearing SAS agent with the short dark hair, steely gaze and British accent who charmed his way into your hearts with his fearlessness and unshakable resolve, is dead.

He died doing what he loved: pushing authority into the mud and sitting on its head. In this case, the authority was the German navy, the Kriegsmarine, and he was opening the gate for an explosive-laden Lt. Mike Powell, of the U.S. Army Rangers, so they could sabotage some U-boats.

If you’re crying unceasingly right now, I don’t blame you. Such soul-crushing news is hard to bear. Don’t blame Powell either – the sniper who felled Grillo cannot be seen, much less stopped. Luckily, for those unable to let go, there is a ray of hope.

A photo of Bear Grylls standing in front of an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter.

Bear Grylls stands in front of an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter.

There’s a good chance that he has been reincarnated as Bear Grylls.

I mean, as much as a computer-animated character from a game released on Jan. 22, 2002 can become a living person born on June 7, 1974. Trifles.

Let’s start with some obvious similarities. They’re both from the United Kingdom, their last names are almost the same, and they sort of have the same hairstyle. Some of you might say, “Hey, that’s enough right there!” But you’d be pretty wrong.

Both Grillo and Grylls were members of the Special Air Service, part of the United Kingdom Special Forces. Grillo was a member of the original SAS, which was created in 1941, while Grylls was a member of the 21 SAS Regiment from 1994-1997.

Grylls’ regiment, a volunteer unit, is also known as the Artists Rifles and predates the SAS itself. In 1859, it was created in London, and took part in the Boer Wars and World War I. During WWII, it did not leave the UK, and was disbanded in 1945.

But, in 1947, it was brought back in order to resurrect the SAS. In 1952, part of this regiment formed 22 SAS, which was integrated into the British Army.

The Territorial Army, which is the volunteer force of the British Army, hosts both 21 SAS and 23 SAS. The traditional role of these two units has been to carry out long range patrols and reconnaissance missions.

According to Grylls’ biography on his website, he was trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, combat survival, evasive driving and explosives, among other skills.

A screenshot photo of WWII SAS Maj. Jack Grillo opening the gate to the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) base in Trondheim, Norway, at the start of the second level of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA).

Grillo, in disguise, pushes open a gate so Powell can enter the German naval base in Trondheim, Norway.

We never see Grillo unarmed, though he does fight in the North African desert and the Norwegian winter (he is killed in February). In addition, Grillo’s evasive driving skills are demonstrated in the previous mission as he and Powell sabotage the airfield.

Grylls also served in North Africa, twice, before he broke his back in a parachuting accident in southern Africa in 1997.

Following his service in the SAS, Grylls went on to climb Mt. Everest, star in TV shows, write books, and numerous other achievements.

Of course, while Grillo has more sabotage, infiltration and undercover experience (that we know of), Grylls has a more varied set of interests. But, they share the same sense of adventure and the drive to go where no one has ever gone before. So here’s to you, Maj. Jack Grillo, for giving your fictional life, time and time again, to further the cause of the Allies and help make the world safer for future generations.


~ by John on November 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “Is Jack Grillo Bear Grylls?”

  1. Weird coincidence. I just started playing Medal of Honor: AA (Dled it, and now we LAN at school during exams). I was playing campaign at home, then I remembered your blog. I still follow it on google reader. I close MoH:AA, open up Google Reader, and you finally updated. Just want to let you know to keep up the good work.

    • Haha, nice. I used to play it online a lot when I was home, but I haven’t in a while. My laptop isn’t good enough to handle online gaming while at school, sadly. And yeah, college took its toll on my updating. But now, I hope to be more steady, and hopefully I can find a computer at school so I can keep playing and updating until winter break. And thanks, I’ll do my best to keep up the good work!

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