“Serving to my fellow man on this nice nation appears to be the very best manner of exhibiting my gratitude,” Colonel Jerry Sage writes within the epilogue to his memoir. Steve McQueen’s character Virgil Hilts, higher often known as the “Cooler King,” in The Nice Escape was based mostly on Sage.
Colonel Sage spent World Conflict II with the OSS, the forerunner group of the CIA, and the U.S. Military’s Particular Forces. Sage would later serve in Particular Forces and command the tenth Particular Forces Group (tenth SFG) in Dangerous Tolz, Germany.
Sage was born in British Columbia, Canada, and was promoting housewares when the conflict started. Through the early days of WWII, he volunteered for the brand new, shadowy unit, the Workplace of Strategic Companies (OSS), commanded by William “Wild Bill” Donovan, who had been awarded the Medal of Honor during the First World War.
OSS’s mission was to “acquire data, conduct analysis, and evaluation, coordinate data, print, and broadcast propaganda, conduct particular operations, encourage guerrilla motion, and ship commandos into battle.”
Donovan’s wonderful “band of amateurs” as he put it, sought younger, self-reliant operatives who might assume on their toes and act decisively beneath situations of utmost stress. Superior mind was valued as a lot as bodily braveness — the whole lot else could possibly be realized. The perfect OSS candidate, in keeping with Donovan, was “a Ph.D. who might win a bar struggle.”
The neophyte OSS operatives realized hand-to-hand fight from the British William E. Fairbairn, a well-known officer who had battled Chinese language gangs earlier than the conflict in Shanghai. Fairbairn taught the lads… and girls a number of methods to kill an opponent.
“Overlook any thought of gentlemanly conduct or combating honest,” Fairbairn advised the scholars. “There aren’t any guidelines besides one: kill or be killed.”