The Orderly attending the Apes at the military detention center 'Camp Eleven' inadvertently insulted Zira's unborn baby, by calling him a "little monkey", prompting a furious Cornelius to throw the hot soup and the glass water jug he was holding into his face, accidentally causing his death. This, and their subsequent escape, prompted a hunt that led to their deaths. The severity of this caused Zira to later reflect that Cornelius had set terrible events in motion. Cornelius, who now had some remorse for what he had done, remarked that "the boy meant no harm" in his remark.
- The Orderly was named Corp. Tommy Billings in the novelization of Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
- The character was named as twenty-two-year-old Hank Svenson, a medical orderly, in a radio broadcast overheard by Cornelius in an early script of The Secret of the Planet of the Apes . 
- The Orderly was named Turner in Power Records' adaptation of Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
- 'Camp Eleven' was named 'Camp Pendleton' in the novelization.