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Major Len Creighton is a minor but pivotal character in "The Stand". He is a career Army officer and trusted friend of General William "Billy" Starkey. In the 1994 miniseries adaptation, he is known as Major Len Carsleigh.

Character Biography

There is no information provided about his background. However, in the 1994 adaptation, an examination of his uniform provides the following information about Creighton's Army career:

  • Awards: Creighton is shown to have received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. He also wears a unit award, the Presidential Unit Citation.
  • Badges: Creighton wears the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the insignia for an aide-de-camp to a general officer.
  • Shoulder Patches: Creighton wears the Ranger Tab and Army Service Forces patch on his left shoulder. On his right shoulder, he wears the insignia of the 7th Infantry Division.
  • Cords: Creighton wears the blue cord of U.S. Army infantry branch on his right shoulder, and the yellow aiquillette of an aide-de-camp on his left shoulder.

Interestingly, the nametag on his uniform reads CARSLEIGH, indicating the character to have a different surname in the miniseries from the one he has in the book.

The Plague

Major Creighton is General Starkey's friend and right hand man. Following Charles Campion's escape from the Project Blue research facility in the California desert, Creighton periodically updates Starkey on the situation. He assumes command of the containment operation after Starkey is relieved of command of Project Blue and commits suicide in the Project Blue lab. He is last heard speaking to another Army officer on the radio in Los Angeles; it is unknown whether he survives Captain Trips or the overall events of the collapse of civilization worldwide.

However, it is worth noting that in both the book and the miniseries, Creighton remains on duty even as the U.S. Army, U.S. government, and civilization moves rapdily towards the final stages of collapse. He never displays a single symptom of the superflu, even though, by the last time he is seen or heard from, an extremely high number of people have been exposed to it. This makes a strong suggestion that, at the very least, Creighton is immune to Captain Trips.

Actor/author Robert Knott portrayed Creighton in the 1994 adaptation. In the 1994 television mini-series the character's name is Len Carsleigh.

Behind the Scenes

  • Creighton is a major (O-4) in the Army, versus Starkey, who is specified in the miniseries as being a lieutenant general (O-9). Though it would be possible for a major and a 3-star general to be friends, it is strange that such a powerful and high-ranking officer would not have a higher-ranking member of his staff as a right-hand-man.
  • Creighton is a veteran of the Gulf War of 1990-1991 in the miniseries, since he wears the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
  • Creighton appears to be veteran of two combat deployments; Panama in 1989 and Desert Storm in 1990-1991. The 7th Infantry Division, whose patch he wears on his right shoulder, indicating a combat deployment, did not fight in the Gulf War, but did participate in the invasion of Panama in 1989.
  • The Army Service Forces, whose patch Creighton wears on his left shoulder in the miniseries, indicating current assignment unit, was deactivated in 1946 and has not returned since.