REP. KIHUEN HONORS COL. SULLY DE FONTAINE FOR HIS DEDICATED AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER WHICH EARNED HIM THE PRESTIGIOUS OSS CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL

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Las Vegas, August 21, 2018 | comments


Las Vegas, NV 
 – Today, Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen presented the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Congressional Gold Medal to Col. Sully de Fontaine for his service to the United States. Col. de Fontaine served in the OSS during World War II. The OSS is the organization which preceded the CIA and the United States Special Operations Command. Remarks as prepared can be found below:

“We are here today to honor Col. Sully de Fontaine (Ret.) for his dedicated and distinguished service career, which has earned him the prestigious OSS Congressional Gold Medal. 

“Col. de Fontaine began his service with the Office of Strategic Services, which preceded the Central Intelligence Agency, in September 1944, where he bravely parachuted into occupied France to escort downed pilots to safety. In April 1957 Col. de Fontaine completed his Special Forces Qualification Course at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He then spent the next two years giving special instruction on Soviet intelligence, escape and evasion and counter-guerilla warfare. 

“During the course of his military career, Col. de Fontaine was a member of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as well as the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is one of the most decorated Army Special Forces Groups in all of the United States Armed Forces. 

“Some of his U.S. and foreign decorations include: the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Custer; Bronze Star with V Device; Purple Heart with 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.

“The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a civilian, so it is with great pleasure that I present Col. Sully de Fontaine with this medal for his selfless, exemplary service to the United States. 

“Thank you for your countless sacrifices and contributions to our great Nation.”

Background:

Col. de Fontaine began his special operations career during World War II when he became a member of the Office of Strategic Services in September of 1944. During his service, Col. de Fontaine was awarded over twenty U.S. and foreign decorations and awards for valor in combat. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a civilian.

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