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"I know this sorry excuse for a unit is called the "Howling Commandos," but do you mugs have to keep your gums flapping 24-7?"
Dum Dum Dugan[src]

The Howling Commandos were an elite combat unit originally led by Captain America during World War II. After the war ended and Captain America's apparent death, the unit continued to be active and was led by Dum Dum Dugan.

History

World War II

Recruited by Captain America

The Howling Commandos were formed during World War II out from various P.O.W.s after they were rescued by Captain America. The new unit, led by Rogers and Bucky Barnes, traveled around Western Europe to eliminate every HYDRA base they could find. Their operations were some of the most successful of the entire war.[1]

HYDRA Raids

"Barnes is the only Howling Commando to give his life in service of his country."
―Smithsonian Narrator[src]
The Howling Commandos were responsible for the capture of Arnim Zola during a raid on a train in the Alps. It was on this mission that Bucky Barnes was lost and presumed dead.

They also participated in attacking Johann Schmidt's last base along with other U.S. forces led by Colonel Chester Phillips. The battle was eventually won. However, despite Schmidt's apparent death and foiled plans, Captain America was missing in action after crashing Schmidt's plane to save the mainland United States.[1]

After Captain America was lost over the Arctic Ocean, the Howling Commandos assisted the Seventh Army during Operation Undertone.[2]

Dum Dum Dugan and Jim Morita were sent to Austria with Strategic Scientific Reserve agent Peggy Carter to take possession of artifacts at the last known HYDRA Facility located there. They captured HYDRA General Werner Reinhardt, his troops and an Obelisk classified as an 0-8-4.[3]

On V-E Day, the Commandos assembled in London and mourned the loss of Captain America.[1]

Post-War

"You guys are the Howling Commandos."
"I hate that name."
Rick Ramirez and Happy Sam Sawyer[src]
Following World War II the Commandos served as a tactical team for the 107th Infantry Regiment. Some members eventually abandoned the unit but new recruits came.[4] In 1946, the Howling Commandos were called by Peggy Carter to help her, SSR agent Jack Thompson, and his team in infiltrating a Leviathan base camp in Belarus. They met Carter and the team and escorted them to Belarus. Infiltrating the facility, they discovered various methods of dispensing subliminal messages. They encountered a little girl supposedly left behind, and Dum Dum Dugan went to comfort her, only to be non-fatally stabbed by the girl, who quickly shot and killed Junior Juniper before escaping.

Going deeper into the facility, the team found the scientists Nikola and Ivchenko. Freeing them, they ran into an ambush where Nikola tried to use Happy Sam Sawyer as a hostage. Ivchenko killed Nikola, allowing the Commandos and Carter's team to escape.

The Howling Commandos said goodbye to Carter and her team, with Dugan giving Ivchenko his bottle of bourbon.[5]

Later in 1946, Dum Dum Dugan joined Howard Stark during the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.[6]

Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. created an exhibit which featured Captain America with the original Howling Commandos. After his battle with and rescue of Captain America,[2] Bucky Barnes went to see the display, which reminded him of his past.[7]

Known Members

Equipment

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Howling Commando Gear

Main article: Howling Commando Gear

Antoine Triplett's mother allowed her son to have a suitcase filled with many of the gadgets that the Howling Commandos used over the years, so that Coulson's Team could take down the Centipede Project.[8]

Symbols

Appearances

Appearances for Howling Commandos

In chronological order:

Trivia

References

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