Sully H. de Fontaine - RIP

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ronald A Slater (Rslaterqcom) on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 10:46 pm:  Edit

To fully get a really detailed account of Col Sully's entry into the OSS and his in what I would call the birth of Special Forces type organizations within the US Army. What a read Slaver's Wheel a Green Beret's True Story of his Classified Mission in the Congo. Written by Jack Lawson and Sully. A man whom I truly admired. I knew him personally for a time while stationed under him in the CID field office in Orleans France. I purchased the book about a year ago on Amazon for $14.95. Current price $45.95.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David G.Ownby (Derdegen) on Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 09:38 pm:  Edit

COL FONTAINE was the commander of the 13th MP Det (CI) in Worms, Germany when I became the unit's investigations clerk. I was a SP4 teletype operator in the Provost Marshal's office next door when the slot opened up. He mostly wore civilian clothes, and was often gone when he was allegedly monitoring SDS demonstrations. I new then he had been a former OSS agent, and was very impressed. These guys and gals were the real deal. We had one hell of a going party for him. I believe it was said that this was his 5th trip back to Vietnam.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lawrence H. Drayton (Larry_drayton) on Tuesday, May 07, 2019 - 04:59 am:  Edit

Agree with Pete Comas. Sully Fontaine was one of the best. A walking legend. I met him only briefly while assigned in Japan and later at USACIDC. Years later, at a CIDAA reunion in Las Vegas, long after he had retired, I had the opportunity to get to know him better. A very likable man and full of war stories. May he rest in peace.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter L. Comras (Peter_comras) on Saturday, May 04, 2019 - 02:52 pm:  Edit

Sully & I go way back to when he was a Lt., 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Flint Kaserne, Bad Toelz, Germany, o/a 1958-59. We again met in 1965 where I was assigned to the Verdun FO, 15th CID, Verdun, France; then at USACIDC, then again in 1973-74, RVN, (he was (actually stationed Thailand) where he commanded the Joint Casualty Recovery Unit in Viet Nam. O/a 1967, Sully, "Wild Bill" McCoy & I attended Ben Ferraro's wedding in Heerlen, The Netherlands.
Bottom line, Sully was one of the best of the best!
Peter "B"

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Friday, May 03, 2019 - 09:27 am:  Edit

COL Sully de Fontaine passed away 22 April 2019. He was one of the Originals, OSS, CIA, 10th SFGA. He will be missed.


Born in Brussels, Belgium to French parents, Colonel Sully Hubert de Fontaine began his Special Operations career during World War II, when, in 1943 he became a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Trained by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the Special Air Service in England, in 1944 he parachuted into occupied France where he escorted downed pilots to safety. After the liberation of France he was attached to the OSS-SOE Operations in Brussels, Belgium and following the war, he attended French, Belgium, and British Military Schools, as well as earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy.

In 1956 he was sent TDY to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during the Hungarian uprising. Colonel de Fontaine completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in April 1957, and after served as an instructor at the Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, teaching Soviet Intelligence, Escape and Evasion, and Counter Guerilla Warfare from 1957 to 1959. Following this assignment, then First Lieutenant de Fontaine returned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Bad Tolz and became the security officer for the Group. During this time he was in charge of the Congo Operations, which evacuated over 200 stranded missionaries from the remote jungle areas. In 1962 he deployed to Algeria, serving as an observer with French Paratroopers during the Algerian War. In 1963 he joined the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and took an “A” Team to Vietnam. In 1965 Colonel de Fontaine commanded a “B” Team in the Vietnam Delta. He was then assigned to the Studies and Observation Group (SOG) where he recruited and trained Montagnard tribesman for cross boarder operations.

In 1966 Colonel de Fontaine became a Military Police Officer and was assigned as the commander of a CID Detachment in France. In 1968 he was redeployed to the Republic of Vietnam as the Officer in Charge of the Special Branch of the Criminal Investigation Division and afterwards transferred to the Criminal Investigation Agency in Washington D.C. From 1971 to 1973 he was the Provost Marshall of the 1st Armored Division in Bavaria, Germany. In 1973 he was called to be the Field Element Commander of the Joint Casualty Recovery Center, a Special Operations effort in Southeast Asia, and directed operations that recovered remains of personnel listed as missing in action.

Upon Colonel de Fontaine’s retirement in 1976 he continued utilizing the skills developed as a Special Forces and Military Police officer. His civilian occupations included Special Agent - Western Montana Bureau of Investigations; Senior Agent Nevada Gaming Control Board; Senior Vice President, Corporate Security, United Gaming Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada; President, International Consulting Agency, Inc.;Corporate Investigator, Park Place Entertainment, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada; and Director of Investigations, Venetian Macau LTD., China.

During his service he was awarded over 20 US and Foreign decorations and awards to include the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Purple Heart (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Air Medal with “V” Device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and British Special Air Service Parachutist Badge.

NOTE: This is edited from an entry made by Bonnie Cooper on the Special Forces FB TAPs page. Obit pending.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter L. Comras (Peter_comras) on Thursday, May 02, 2019 - 11:40 am:  Edit

The Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO) reported that Sully Hubert de Fontaine, 92, Colonel, USA, Retired, passed away on April 22, 2019, in Boulder City, Nevada. The info was reported by Linda M. Cohn, Secretary, Las Vegas AFIO Chapter in which Sully was active.

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