The Movie, Rambo and ties to Paulsboro, South Jersey

Yummygal’s South Jersey Fun Fact- And going a little Hollywood

The Movie Rambo: I could have killed ’em all, I could’ve killed you. In town you’re the law, out here it’s me. Don’t push it! Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go!

Author, David Morrell, who wrote the novel “First Blood” in 1972 later became known as the movie we all have loved and watched I’m sure at one point in our lives, “Rambo.”


Bridge over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro

Morrell states that in choosing the name he was aroused by the “sound of force” in the name of Rambo as he delightfully ate these deliciously tasty Rambo apples while attending good ol’ Penn State University. His wife brought home a supply of the delicious fruit as he was trying to come up with a suitable name for a protagonist.


Historic 1933 photo of the John Rambo House on Mantua Grove Road in Paulsboro, New Jersey.


Side view 🙂

The name Rambo originates from Peter Gunnarson Rambo who sailed to New Sweden in the 1640s which encompasses present-day Southern New Jersey, SE Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware. Rambo brought over apple seeds from Sweden and they faired extremely well in this region as cultivators and are rated as excellent in the taste department.


Interior view 🙂

Now it gets better… Peter had a son and his name was John who settled in what we call today, Paulsboro, Gloucester County. John was the youngest of eight children and was one of the first Swedish-Americans to be elected to council in New Jersey.

Many descendants today are found throughout our Delaware Valley Region… with the Rambo name. The John Rambo house was reportedly knocked down for either construction of 295 or the refinery that now calls Paulsboro home. It is undetermined, but we know that it is no longer there.

7 thoughts on “The Movie, Rambo and ties to Paulsboro, South Jersey

    • Al, I mentioned “First Blood.” But most folks know it as The Rambo series especially in my generation. Trust me someone already brought this to my attention, lol.

  1. I live in West Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ. I have just joined a metal detecting club. I’m having a rough time finding an agreeable government official that will give me answers on where I can go hunting. I was told that the township won’t let me metal detect on unused protected land. There is plenty of trash left there by wildlife hunters though. I’m not sure where to go to find out who owns a piece of property where I’d like to get permission to metal detect. Do I get a GPS reading?

    • I know in New Jersey it isn’t permitted on public land, unless you obtain a permit with the township or park system. Sorry wish I could be of more help, but this is according to friends who work with the park service.

        • Mary contact the municipality in where you want to go searching. I know if you want to search the Wharton State Forest you have to obtain a permit at their main office in Batsto. You’ll see signs in certain parks and WMA’s that metal detecting is prohibited without a permit.

          Best, -YG

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