Jack Lawson, Sully de Fontaine
JACK LAWSON served in the United States Air Force as a missile electronics and nuclear weapons arming technician. He was later a member of a Foreign Legion counter insurgency unit during an anti-communist guerilla war in Africa. Trained by British Commonwealth SAS and Israeli commando instructors, Jack was involved with rapid response airborne and heliborne counter insurgency operations and commando raids on communist training camps in a number of African countries. While there he became a bodyguard for a farmer’s cooperative association in his off-duty time. Jack is an honorary member of a U.S. Army Special Forces Association chapter, has served on a metropolitan police department review board that judged OIS (Officer Involved Shootings) and use of deadly force incidents and has been a consultant to the United States Marine Corps on heliborne vertical envelopment and anti-terrorist tactics.
Jack Lawson has authored two other books. He and his wife live in the southwestern United States
SULLY DE FONTAINE was born in Belgium to French parents and trained in 1943 by the British Special Operations Executive and Special Air Service (British SAS). He was recruited to the program that rescued downed Allied pilots and helped them escape from France through Spain and then back to England. During this time he also worked with the French Resistance. Upon the liberation of France he was attached to the OSS office in Brussels, Belgium. After World War II he attended French, British and Belgium military schools and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. In the 1950s, he was a member of the United Nations Command in Korea and an instructor at the United States Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg North Carolina teaching Soviet Intelligence, Escape and Evasion Tactics and Anti-Guerilla Warfare. In 1959 he returned to the 10th Special Forces Group and became its security officer. In 1960 he was in charge of the classified operations in the Congo rescuing 239 stranded missionaries from remote jungle areas. During this time he became involved in intelligence gathering for U.S. Ambassador Clare Timberlake. From 1963 to 1965, he served in Vietnam where he was assigned to the Study and Observation Group SOG (Special Operations Group) and recruited and trained Montagnard tribesmen for cross- border operations. In 1966 he was assigned as the commanding officer of the CID (Criminal Investigation Division) in France and was the U.S. Military representative to Interpol in Paris. In 1968 he was redeployed to Vietnam as the officer in charge of the Special Branch Unit of the CID Group and afterwards was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Agency in Washington DC. From 1971 to 1973, he was the provost marshal of the 1st Armored Division in Bavaria Germany, and from 1973 to 1975, Sully was appointed officer in charge of the Field Element, Joint Casualty Recovery Center in Southeast Asia, which recovered the remains of those reported MIA (Missing in Action). He has received over twenty U.S. and Foreign decorations and has recently been inducted into the Special Forces Hall of Fame. Today, Sully, a U.S. Army colonel (retired), and his wife, a descendant of a very old French aristocratic family, make their home in the southwestern United States.