Samuel "Happy Sam" Sawyer


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  • The Marvels Project: 1-3, 7-8
  • Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos: 1-167
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Joining the war effort early on, Sawyer served in the British army training their men to fight the Nazi menace, as well as trying to drum up support from the likes of Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan.

After the U.S. entry into the war, Sawyer went on to a legendary tour of duty in North Africa until he was injured and forced to become a desk officer. Placed in charge of the Allied special forces, Sawyer became commanding officer of the U.S. Army's Able ("A") Company, based in Britain, organized not only the the Howling Commandos but also the Leatherneck Raiders, and the Deadly Dozen.

Sawyer went to a good deal of trouble to make sure that Fury became a member of the squad. Dugan became a member as well and soon both men reported to him as leaders of the First Attack Squad. After the squad's first mission, its members were made honorary commandos in the British army, and Sawyer gave the squad the code-name of the "Howling Commandos".

A brilliant military strategist, Sawyer oversaw the success of all these special mission taskforces, a feat which earned him great respect throughout the military. Although for the most part desk bound, Sawyer did on occasion join in battlefield missions, such as his leading of the Howlers into the Treblinka prison camp in Poland. Sawyer also helped fend off attacks from Colonel Klaue and the Blitz Squad when they invaded his headquarters in England

Sawyer was promoted to General following the war and continued to serve through Korea and Vietnam
working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. During an absence of Odin, monarch of the Asgardians, from Asgard, the god Loki took mental control of the Asgardian armies and invaded Washington, D.C. General Sawyer commanded the United States Army forces that opposed Loki's invasion. Sawyer cooperated with Thor and Firelord in batting Loki's forces.

While attending a Howlers reunion, Sawyer was killed fighting an android of Baron Von Strucker. He was buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Howling Commandos (wearing their old uniforms as a tribute to their former commanding officer) and Captain America were all present at the burial.

In honor of his service to his country and friendship with Nick Fury, a SHIELD helicarrier was named after him. A veterans hospital is also named after him, the Samuel J Sawyer Memorial Veteran's Hospital. 

Red Hargrove

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Fury's best friend in the old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, Red Hargrove was a troubled youth before Fury started lookling out for him. Following high school, Fury and Red joined Finley's Flying Circus, a traveling air show. They both became excellent pilots and stuntmen. When Finley's Flying Circus came to England in 1940, Fury and Hargrove gave parachuting instructions to Lt. Sam Sawyer, an American soldier attached to the British Army. Sawyer recruited Red and Fury to rescue Abraham Eskrine from behind enemy lines. Weeks later, Sawyer was assigned to rescue a British spy in Holland, and he persuaded Fury and Hargrove to accompany him. Their plane was downed in Holland, where they met circus strongman Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, who joined their rescue mission. In the end, all five safely returned to England. Hargrove was moved to say he would enlist and Fury said he would follow him. However Fury didn't enlist until 1941, where he received nine weeks of basic training at Fort Dix without Red Hargrove, hoping to ride out the wave of unemployment in the States. Eventually Fury reunited with Hargrove, both getting stationed at Pearl Harbor. Hargrove is killed during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Fury is driven to the U.S. Rangers.

Jonathan "Junior" Juniper

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One of the original members of the Howling Commandos, Juniper was not only its youngest member, but among its shortest lived. Often in the pitch of battle, Juniper leaped at chances for daring heroism as well as coming up with last-second ideas for escapes, among them a plan involving a sound truck which helped earn the Howling Commandos their nickname. Juniper came to the Howlers as an ace pilot of B-17 bombers having shot down 10 German planes as a tail-gunner.

Joining the Army fresh from his Ivy League education, Juniper's eagerness kept him at the fore of the Howler action, right up to his death during a rescue mission behind enemy lines. He was eventually replaced by Percivial Pinkerton on the roster.

Juniper's great nephew, Roger 'Buddy' Juniper would later join SHIELD as a field agent. He also died young in battle alongside Hercules. In X-Men Forever #7, an alternate universe nephew, Tommy Juniper loses his life on a mission working as a SHIELD pilot.

Lady Pamela Hawley

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The daughter of Lord Hawley, Pamela joined the war effort as a nurse in an ambulance unit. She first crossed paths with Nick Fury when the Howling Commandos were assigned the task of rescuing her brother, the infamous Lord HaHa on propaganda radio, behind enemy lines. For the most part Pamela's role as a medic kept her in London away from the hair-trigger life of Fury, however she faced dangers daily with the blitzes of London, Fury and her facing them together on more then one occasion.

In time she and Fury fell in love and he nearly proposed to her, but tragedy struck during a London blitz and she was killed tending to the wounded before he could tell her.

Her death left a serious emotional scar upon Fury, which he still feels to this day. During the war, a Nazi spy with a remarkable resemblance to her showed up and nearly got Nick Fury and the Howlers killed. many years later, after the war, Nick Fury received a late Christmas card from her.

Jacques Dernier, aka 'Frenchie'

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High ranking leader in the French underground, 'Frenchie' as the Howlers affectionately called him, was a frequent contact for many missions behind enemy lines.

Dernier played a critical role in the D-Day operations that trapped high-ranking Nazis inisde a chatue during the Allied invasion. Later that same night, he lead a team to rescue the Howlers from capture by the SS. The Howlers earlier had rescued Dernier from the hands of the Germans following a daring capture of most of the top rank of the French underground.

Bruno Ricci played Jacques Dernier as a member of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: First Avenger (2011).

For more on Sgt Savage, check out Jess Nevins' guide to the early Marvel Universe

Captain Simon "Skipper" Savage

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Captain Simon Savage's wartime career proved to be one of the most diverse in the Allied army. Enlisting and rising through the ranks of the Navy, he gained command of a submarine. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Savage's submarine, the USS Sea Wolf, shuttled the Howling Commandos to and from a mission behind enemy lines, where he met Nick Fury for the first time.

Savage transferred to the Marines later that year, where taking the rank of captain, headed up a squad of specially trained tactical commandos in a mission on New Year's Day 1942 in the Philippines. The squad eventually became known as The Leatherneck Raiders. Among his most notable missions, Savage lead the Raiders against Von Strucker and the early HYDRA with the Japanese commando unit, the Samurai Squad. Savage also headed a rescue mission to free Izzey Cohen from a POW camp in the Pacific.

Things on the home front were very much in flux for Savage as well, starting off the war with a wife and child, but as many soldiers experienced, had his wife leave him while he was overseas. Savage continued to command submarines throughout the war (its unclear how his Marines status affected this), occasionally ferrying Fury and the Howling Commandos on various missions. On at least one occasion Savage returned to the Sea Wolf as a while commanding the Raiders. Although the submarine was under the command of Captain Wilhite, Savage was forced back into the captain's seat for a special recon mission. His Leatherneck Raiders remained active through at least 1944, wherein they rescued pilot Benjamin Grimm from the Japanese.

Savage remained in the service at least through the Korean War, still serving as a submarine commander. He shuttled a reunited Howling Commandos to a mission on the 38th Parallel. Its unknown what happened to Savage and the other members of the Leatherneck Raiders following the war.

Bull McGiveny

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Heading up the Second Attack Squad under Captain Sawyer proved to be a frustration as McGiveny often had to see his Maulers play second string to Nick Fury and his Howlers. A highly charged rivalry developed between him and Fury which spread to the other Howlers and Maulers. Aside from Dum Dum, no other soldier stood toe-to-toe alongside Fury better then McGiveny Adding to his chagrin, McGiveny often found himself the subject of rescue by Fury and the Howlers. McGiveny could also always be counted on making new members to the team unwelcome, including among them Percival Pinkerton, Eric Koenig, Kyril Kuslov, and even Steve Rogers!

Following the war McGiveny stayed in the service, although never rising above the rank of Sergeant. He was last seen serving as a special advisor to the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam.

Ilsa Koenig
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A dedicated resistance fighter, Ilsa Koenig shared her brother Eric's disgust of what happened to Germany under the rule of the Nazis. The Howlers were housed in her home on their first Berlin mission with Eric. Ilsa risked her life by taking pictures of important documents and later fought alongside the Howlers as they returned to Berlin with Eric to break her out of the city. Ilsa developed feelings for Dino Maneili but her brother seemed intent on pairing her up with Fury instead.

Its unknown what happened to Ilsa after the war, let alone at the end of it. At one point her brother swears revenge over her death, although she appears in a subsequent issue.


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