"Shucks, I don't mind runnin Cap'n Sawyer's lil ole errands for him--but do they always have to bust up mah pokah games?"
--Sgt Fury & His Howling Commandos #10:
Fury and his Howling Commandos #1
America Annual #9
Secret Warriors #27-28
Small in stature but large in purpose and bravery, 'Rebel' Raston was one of the most daring of the Howling Commandos (and their best poker player). Born and bred on his parent's expansive Kentucky estate, Ralston is an accomplished horseman and an expert with the lasso. He cut his career as a racing jockey short to enlist in the US Army where he quickly found himself a spot on the First Attack Squad. During one of thier early missions, Ralston's enthusiastic "rebel" yell of "WA-HOO" earned the company their nickname of the Howling Commandos. Such were the Howling Commandos feared by the Third Reich, a counter squad of elite fighters, the Blitzkrieg Squad was formed, and among their number, Ernest, a horseman from the obsolete German cavalry, earned a spot on Von Strucker's counter squad to the Howling Commandos as the opposite number to Reb Ralston.
His Howler career did not stop with the end of World War II however. Ralston signed up for a tour of duty in the Army during the Korean war where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Later Ralston volunteered to reunite with the Howlers for a special mission in Vietnam.
Following the Korean War, Raltson went on to fight Congressional battles as a State Representative and later a Senator for Texas. He became a strong crusader for civil rights legislation, nearly costing him his life during an assassination attempt at a public Howling Commandos reunion in 1972. Later Howler reunions included a battle with a Baron Von Strucker Life Model Decoy; a fateful mission that resulted in the death of General "Happy" Sam Sawyer.
to his career in American politics is his connection with
the post-war incarnation of the V-Battalion, an international
super-hero group overseen by the Penance Council on which
Ralston served on. In 1990, Ralston faced a second assassination
attempt, this time making a televised speech as co-chair
of the senate defense committee. Captain America was on
site to apprehend the right-wing zealot who shot Ralston.
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