The Unknown Soldier is an unnamed man who joined the U.S. Army in the early part of World War Two, along with his older brother Harry. Both were assigned to the same unit in the Pacific Islands, where Harry was killed saving his brother from a Japanese grenade. The explosion hideously disfigures the young soldier's face beyond repair.
Harry had said that one man being in the right place could mean the difference in winning a battle, and his scarred brother took this to heart. He became a one-man undercover agent, and trained to the peak of physical perfection. He became skilled in make up, and learned how to impersonate almost anybody. From his base at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, the Soldier travelled to both the European and Pacific theatres of World War Two to be in the right place at the right time.
His exploits became legendary; of all the American war heroes who haunted Adolph Hitler, the Soldier became the most hated. The Soldier on occasion would team up with other government agents such as the black jazz player Chat Noir and OSS's Sparrow. While his fame spread throughout the war, he was often opposed and sometimes thwarted by his German counterpart, the Black Knight.
The Soldier himself infiltrated Hitler's Berlin bunker as the war was ending in Europe during 1945. He "helped" the Fuhrer commit suicide and then left the bunker. The Soldier was then apparently killed during a selfless act of saving a child from an explosion in the streets of Berlin, thus seemingly ending his career as it had begun with his older brother's selfless act. (In the final panel of #268 One of the two soldiers whom had witnessed this act of heroism is shown scratching his face - a trademark gesture of the Unknown Soldier - leaving us to speculate about his apparent death).
The Unknown Soldier was alive during America's bicentennial. He was the bartender during a reunion with The Losers, Gravedigger, Jeb Stuart, and Mademoiselle Marie. Unknown Soldier may have been leading one of the incarnations of The Suicide Squad. A mask of Sgt. Rock was seen in a video clip. Bulldozer was seen getting out of his wheel chair and walking away. Amanda Waller told one of employees that Rock and Bulldozer died in 1945.
It was later revealed that The Soldier was in fact alive, although his superiors proclaimed him dead, his last appearance to date was in Garth Ennis' Unknown Soldier published by Vertigo in 1997 where he's seen trying to find a successor to replace him as The Soldier.
In the most recent Unknown Soldier series, Moses Lwanga has become the new Unknown Soldier by an unconscious triggering of a second personality. Later on it is revealed through flashbacks that Moses was trained by the same government operation and actually met the original Unknown Soldier...though Moses wrapping his head in bandages seems to have been an unintentional echoing of his predecessor. The Unknown Solider told Moses that he was dying and he would have wanted a new and better Unknown Solider to work for the CIA as his replacement for him. He told Moses that he was 75 years old and he was too weak to do all the work. Moses wanted to kill him with the pistol, but the Unknown Solider told him about his past and showed him the paper work about his life, that he was adopted and that he learned how to fight when he joined the army to stay alive. The Unknow Solider's Ghost was seen helping Moses, the new Unknown Solider in Africa and helping him on some new tricks to get rid of the UPDF Army Guards and attack them.The Unknow Solider series was finished in 2010 due to poor readers and stoyline. Moses Lwanga was killed a bullet went in his brain and killed him a kid shot him and he did not seen him coming at all. Moses wife remarried and had a family. The War ended in 2003 and Africa was free from the war and army.
The New 52
The Unknown Soldier has been introduced in the new DCuN. He shows up in the newly released title The Time that War Forgot. He seems to be fighting America's enemies in the present and not in the 1940's era of World War II.
This new Unknown Solider was fighting in the Afghanistan War in 2012. It talked about his past that he was hiding. The General talked to him and wanted to know who he was and what his name was. The story begins in July 2005, he and his wife and kids where in London England on vacation. He would meet his family after taking care of stuff and his family went on an underground tunnel train to London and waved good bye to them. Tragedy happened when his wife and kids were killed on the train in the underground tunnel. After the memorial, he goes to fight in Afghanistan and his buddies were killed and he was badly wounded. He kills the Arab rebels with the energy he had left and passes out. He was found by a different unit of U.S Marines and they saw that his face was badly damaged. He meets the General, now wrapped in bandages, like the original Soldier and will be given top secret plans to work as an undercover agent in enemy territory. The Unknown Solider is now working with the government top secret plans and the government want to uses him in the fight in Afghanistan war and in the War Room the put some powder in his drink so that thet can find him and track of his progress. One of them told him that the water has nanites and to track him down the Unknown Solider was very upset and punched the person in the face. In Mexico there was a drug war. The Unknown Solider was seen in the Middle East to destroy a base with his new weapons he had got from the A.M.M.O government. As the Unknown Solider paratrooped down in the Middle East he was remembering his wife and kids and he said to himself that his daughter would be starting High School and his son wood be in grade 1. He also thought about his wife when he comes home from work and have some time with her. He got to the base and he killed all the soliders in the base and shot the boss of the army plans in the hand and it blew off. Unknown Solider said and talked to him about where was he in 2005 in London attacks. The boss told him your too late there is another attack coming to America. As the car crossed the border in to New York City and they had a map to target places to blow up. Will the Unknown Solider get there in time to save the U.S.A? The Unknown Solider was seen in the A.M.M.O. Base and downloading all the memory and plans of the terrorist leader and the leader was like a vegetable. In Dubai the terror groups all meet up and there leader and was killing all the terror groups and his face was badly destroyed and it was a mask he had on. After killing all the terror groups the U.S.A soliders came for the clean up. The Unknown Solider was badly hurt and was brought back to A.M.M.M.O Base to get fixed up and get better in the hospital. The Unknown Solider saw his wife and kids in a dream in London station they told him why is he killing people and doing this for. The Unknown Solider said I am doing it for you and my family and country after the surgery he woke up and it was all a dream that he had. He told his boss about the dream he had and she understood him and the Unknown Solider and the lady went into the other room also showed him something top secret. In top secret room the Unknown Solider was with his case manager. She told the Unknown Solider that there where diffrent Unknown Solider's in the war's from Middle Ages and the American Reveluition [1941-1945 WWII] and [Korean War 1950-1953] In the 1960's the was a Unknown Solider in Vietnam. The Unknow Solider saw all the history of the Unknown Solider past and he left the room and in a flashback after what happened when he was near death in the Middle East. The Unknow Solider said to his case manager that before he became a wepon he had a job at the airport as a baggege handler and he did terrible things in his past and he served in the war in Afganstain. He was captured in Africa and the U.S Goverment gave him two choics work for them or get shot The Unknown Solider was seen druged and traped in a dream from all the paat war he was in WWII, Vietnam, American Reveluition, Middle Ages times, They pulled the plug at the A.M.M.M.O Lab and brought back. The Unknown Solider saw his wife and kids in his dream and his kids want there dad back and it was not him anymore. The Unknown Solider said to his wofe and kids it is me I am doing this all for you for my country. In the air a plane blows up while taking off in the sky. The Unknown Solider was seen Michigan as a arms dealer for gangs war. He was the dealer of the new guns and wepons in the states. He killed some of the guns gangs buyers and took to boss of the gang and talked to him and wanted it answers a gang civil war that was happing in Michigan and the wepons where made in San Diego. He Unknown Solider droped the gang boss to the ground and he told the him that a war is coming soon. The Unknown Solider was running away from rockets fired at him and tha whole city block was blown up in fire and the plane drone was hacked and under the control of some unknown person and the miltary got a message that was blackmailed on the screen for them to see who there messing with. The Unknown Solider was badly injered from the attack and was seen back at A.M.M.M.O base to get a new target to attack in Europe and the base that hacked the dronecraft. The Unkmnown Solider went there and got a new face and took a flight in a Europen country. The Unknown Solider went to a bar and saw the boss of the plans. The boss told him and his friends to leave. The Unknown Solider hacked all the phones at the bar and they where ringing and that phone ringing the boos told the him welcome abord and he showed him around the work base and they terror attack and also the base is where they make videro games for companys. After all the tour of the buliding. One of them who was fired from A.M.M.M.O joined the the new boss and knew it was the Unklnown Solider and he was shot in the head to get rid of him as a spy. The Unknown Solider goes to war after he was shot he surived it from his mask and he attacked the company and fought off the mob off and destroyed the base and he took the girl the boss and jumped out of a buliding when it exploded and took a beach girl cellphone and called 911 for help. Years and years later after the missing events that happened. The Unknown Solider was old and saw his old house and the new owners said about a family that had this house and that the family where in London in 2005 during that terror attack and where killed and that the old owner disapered. The new owner said the person left and we bought the house and give some of his stuff to goodwill. The old Unknown Solider said that he would like to see the inside of the house where he used to live. The new owners also had kids and they brought him in the house and he become part of there family as a Grampa as a member of the new family and watch the football game kick off.
He will return as the new leader of the Suicide Squad starting in April 2013's issue.
Abilities and Skills
The Unknown Soldier is military trained in armed and unarmed combat. His specialty is espionage, counter intelligence and explosives. He is also a master of disguise, make up artist and mimicry, being able to impersonate almost anyone. He speaks several different languages fluently and learned many vocal tricks to aid in his disguises.