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The Howling Commandos of World War II, a Ranger squadron of the United States Army, was under the field leadership of Sergeant Nicholas Joseph Fury, with Captain Samuel Sawyer, nicknamed Happy Sam, serving as its Commanding Officer. It earned its nickname during a mission in Italy when its members commandeered a sound truck and let out a cry of "Wah-HOOOOOOOOO" to scare off the enemy.


The Howling Commandos were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Sgt. Fury #1 (1963).

Team Evolution

Known members of the World War II Howling Commandos were Sergeant Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury; Captain Samuel Sawyer, nicknamed Happy Sam; Corporal Timothy Dugan, nicknamed Dum-Dum and noted for wearing a bowler hat at nearly all times on duty; Percival Pinkerton, nicknamed Pinky, who had joined the unit from the British Special Operations Executive; Robert Ralston, nicknamed Rebel; Dino Manelli; Gabriel Jones, whose brother Fred had been a founding member but who was disabled in action; Isadore Cohen, nicknamed Izzy and Eric Koenig, who had once been a member of the German Wehrmacht but had left it to join the Allied cause after realizing what and who Adolf Hitler really was.

King George V Windsor of Great Britain bestowed the honor upon the "Howlers" of becoming the first United States Army Ranger squadron to become Commandos in His Majesty's Army.

After the war, Fury, Dugan, and certain other former Howling Commandos became active in international intelligence, and eventually came to work for S.H.I.E.L.D., then the Supreme Headquarters of the International Espionage and Law-Enforcement Division, whose Public Director Fury became.

Another wizard claiming to be Merlin escapes from a S.H.I.E.L.D. containment base dubbed the Warehouse. He travels to the UK where he turns the entire country into a fantasy realm. The Howling Commandos are charged with stopping him.The team is headquartered in Area 13, a classified base run by S.H.I.E.L.D. Paranormal Containment Unit. It also serves as a research facility, specializing in the supernatural. Later the team was sent to Afghanistan to interrupt a meeting between the Lords of the Living Lightning and terrorists.

After the Secret Invasion many S.H.I.E.L.D agents were given chances to work for H.A.M.M.E.R. Those that didn't accept formed the Howling Commandos PMC but it was a difficult task to select their clients. When Fury contacted them, he offered to employ them full-time. Their first target would be the Dock, a H.A.M.M.E.R. hellicarriers facility. After the battle, which also included an attack from HYDRA, most of the surviving H.A.M.M.E.R. agents joined the Howling Commandos.

Currently a Howling Commandos back ops unit has been dispatched to Los Angeles to hunt down the Punisher. After profiling Frank, the Commandos decide the best course of action is to bag and tag a known associate to draw the Punisher out and make him come to them.

Alternate Realities


When the Dark Ultimates took over the world, they had defeated most of the Ultimates. With no one left to save the world Nick Fury gathered a team of his own to take the fight to the Dark Ultimates, The Howling Commandos. A team consisting of Cassie "Stature" Lang , Sam "Falcon" Wilson ,Frank "The Punisher" Castle, Abigail "The Alien" Brand, Dan "Dum Dum" Dugan, Danny "the ghost" Ketch, Emil "The Abomination" Blonsky, and Hercules, son of Zeus.

Other Media

Captain America: The First Avenger

Howling Commandos

Most of the team-members are seen in the movie, although Nick Fury is replaced by Bucky Barnes (mainly because Nick Fury was already portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in some Marvel movies in recent time). Bucky Barnes however has quite a similar look to Nick Fury as he looked in the comics during his days as a Howling Commando.

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