In the late 50s, Archie Comics asked Joe Simon's studio to recreate/relaunch the good old MLJ heroes, to catch some of the DC Silver Age zeitgeist that was out there.
Which is where this came from:
So, Roger Fleming gets raised as Lancelot Strong (!!), and just about at the point his powers emerge, he's drafted!! And so, for two issues, we get the adventures of a super-powered Gomer Pyle!!
As I said, weird stuff, man.
From The Double Life Of Private Strong #1 (1959), as reprinted in Blue Ribbon Comics #5 (1984)