Taps for the 'father' of G.I. Joe

On this Memorial Day weekend, it's only appropriate to observe a moment of silence in honor of Donald Levine, the Hasbro exec credited as the father of G.I. Joe for developing the world's first action figure. Levine, seen here with his hand-carved and painted prototype, died Thursday in Providence at the age of 86, the AP reports.

The Korean War vet was the toy company's head of research and development. He and his team came up with an 11 1/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts. He said he saw the figure as a way to honor fellow veterans.

Taps for the 'father' of G.I. Joe