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LAWRENCE BRADLEY SULC

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Lawrence Bradley Sulc , age 89, of  Saint Helena Island, passed away  from complications of  Alzheimer’s  on February 1, 2017 at Regency Hospice – Bayview Manor.
cfs_-_sulc_-_larry1_150_x_277He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jean Luena Mestres Sulc of St. Helena Island.

Lawrence (Larry) Bradley Sulc was born July 24, 1927, Newark, New Jersey to Naomi Meredith Sulc and Frank Sulc.  The family, including older bro, David Meredith, moved to the Canal Zone, Panama, where his father, an electrician, maintained the canal locks, including wiring the Mira Flores locks.  Larry graduated from Balboa High School, in the Zone, in 1944, as president of his senior class.  With his mother’s permission, he graduated early so he could enlist (F1c) in the US Navy and join the “Greatest Generation” fighting WWII.  He served on the USS Olmsted – one of its last missions was to transport the 10th Marines, an artillery outfit that had fought on Okinawa, home from the atomic bomb aftermath of Nagasaki.
Larry used the GI bill to complete an AB in Economics from Stanford University, Class of ’51.  He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda (AKL) fraternity and often drove the “ Miss Daisy’s” of San Francisco to the Opera, as his student employment.

Upon graduation, another war called (in Korea) and he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  He served as an operations officer (including special operations and CI) in what is now called the Clandestine Service , for more than 23 years (from early 50s to mid-70s) primarily in Latin America (fluent in Spanish), Far East and Europe.  An early posting to a small island off the coast of China focused on diversionary “raids” on the coast, harassing shipping, and infiltrating intelligence agents.  His boss there was Major Bob Barrow, USMC, fresh from service in Korea, notably Inchon.  Major Barrow rose to Commandant, USMC and was honored with re-naming a USMCRD – Parris Island – headquarters building to “Barrow Hall”, a ceremony at which Larry last saw “one of the best bosses” he ever had.  Most-feared warning from Major Barrow, “Fool around, you guys….!”  The exploits of this band of “pirates” are chronicled in “Raiders of the China Coast – CIA covert operations during the Korean War” by Frank Holober, Naval Institute Press, 1999.

In the mid- 70’s , sensing a need to dispel the negative cloud of publicity on the CIA, cast by the House’s “Church Committee”,  he retired from the agency, founded, and was president of the Nathan Hale Institute, a non-profit organization advocating a strong United States intelligence capability.  He appeared on several radio and television programs educating the public and policy makers on the strategic need for intelligence and produced numerous articles, publications on counter intelligence and terrorism. As a member of Washington DC’s 1D1 Neighborhood Watch, security of his neighbors did not escape his practiced eye (“I”)!

Larry  later served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Minority Staffer (Republican),  representing the Foreign Affairs Committee’s  Ranking Minority Member,  Cong. Ed Derwinski (R-IL) – Subcommittee on Human Rights & International Organizations.  After the Congressman was redistricted with subsequent appointment as Secretary, Veterans Affairs, Larry directed the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative policy group, under Cong. Phil Crane (R-IL).  The RSC was subsequently chaired by Cong. Mike Pence (R-IN).  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed Larry Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter- Departmental Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  After leaving as a Senior Executive Service member, he parlayed these skills and a P.I. license to consult on risk assessment, corporate security, counterintelligence and counterterrorism.  This work included a TV documentary and a Time-Life book series on intelligence; and on-the-ground security intelligence assessments for NBC,  covering the 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul, Korea.

He distilled his operations’ experiences by addressing a “gap”, at that time, as author of Law Enforcement Counter-Intelligence (Varro Press 1996).
He was a member of the Board of Directors, Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO); and continued as a member of AFIO; Central Intelligence Retirees Association (CIRA); the Reagan Alumni Association and Stanford Alumni hroughout his retirement and subsequent move to St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

Larry pursued community volunteer opportunities in Beaufort through Clemson Extension’s Senior Leadership Program in 1999. Thereafter, his volunteer goals focused on the South Carolina State Guard (SCSG), joining the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, Beaufort as CW2.  S2 duties included liaison with the law enforcement entities of Beaufort City and County.  He qualified as a member of Beaufort’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Additional community outreach included reading to St. Helena Elementary School students; poll manager for St. Helena 2B and its precinct captain for the Beaufort County Republican Party.

Larry is pre-deceased by his parents and his older brother David Meredith.  His first marriage to Marian Kiwitt ended in divorce.  His children Bradley David (Carolyn); Wayne Steven (Lourdes); Katherine Janis Sulc Dwyer (Terrence); and Brian Lawrence, residing in the Washington DC capitol area, and  his 13 grandchildren, ages…9…..to…..27………shared extended family activities regularly.  His sister-in-law, Ruth Sulc, and nieces:  Carol (Douglas) Williams; Holly Wingfield and Laura (John)  Polacek  and their children are also mid-Atlantic- based with the exception of
Holly and her family in Oregon.

Larry was led to the Lord, Jesus Christ, by Pastor ( Dr.) Carl Broggi, Jr. of Community Bible Church, Beaufort, who also baptized Larry and will officiate at
a memorial service , followed by burial at a later date, at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Friends/”comrades-in-arms” will mark, informally, “Another WWII vet’s passage”,  at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive, Beaufort 29902: Visitation, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Remembrances are welcomed and appreciated for:Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW suite 900, Washington, DC 20001 and Community Bible Church’s, Mission Programs, P.O. Box 119, Beaufort SC 29901.

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  1. Nick Miller says:

    Dear Jeanie,

    I was saddened to learn, a couple of days ago, that Larry died and send you my deepest sympathy and commiseration on the loss of your dear spouse — and to Larry’s children, on the loss of their father.

    The blessing of a long life — and I do consider it to be a blessing — is offset by the loss of so many friends and loved ones along the way. Just a few hours before I learned of Larry’s passing, I discovered that my sister-in-law, wife of my departed older brother, had also just died.

    I always think of Larry as the vibrant, energetic, fellow with strong convictions and powers of persuasion that I met more than forty years ago — the fellow who ran the Nathan Hale Institute and who also worked, for a while, as a Congressional staffer — a brilliant fellow who wrote books and papers and think pieces that were read into the Congressional Record — a fellow with a keen, sometimes wry, sense of humor.

    Having known him well in his better days, it was painful to watch the deterioration of Larry’s faculties in recent years. But I also watched and admired your fortitude and the skillful way you dealt with Larry’s illness and steady decline. Although feeling the sorrow of Larry’s passing we must also be grateful that that he is no longer ill, no longer suffering.

    Now that Larry has now preceded us on that remarkable journey to the hereafter, let’s think of him — remarkably restored to his former self — exchanging humorous stories with Saint Pete.

    Lillian joins me ins sending our condolences and

    Abraços,

    Nick

  2. John Mayles says:

    Dear Jean,

    Thank you for your letter sent on February 20, telling me that Larry passed away at the beginning of this month. The minute I saw the envelope with your name….I knew!!

    Larry was one of my oldest and certainly very dearest friends. We attended Balboa High School together for three years in the 40’s. I was elected President of the Class of ’44, and Larry was President of the Class of ’45 before he graduated early to enlist in the U.S. Navy. By that time I had gone back to England to enlist in the British Army, where I served in the Intelligence Corps for just over three years.

    I returned to Panama in 1948 and over the next few years was able to see Larry when he came back to the Canal Zone to visit his family. Years later, he and Marian and their children lived just a block away from me and my family in Punta Paitilla, when Larry was stationed in the Republic for a few years in the 70’s.

    It was a real treat to reunite with Larry, and to meet you, when we were together in Bluffton in August of 2004. Subsequent contact was only by mail and telephone until November of 2014 when you and Larry visited us here at John Knox Village. The bond was instant, of course, but it was sadly apparent that his faculties were fading. That was the last time we saw each other.

    I am grateful for all the wonderful memories I have of the 70 years I shared on this earth with Larry. I am grateful for, and immensely appreciative of, his selfless and outstanding service to our country. I am only sorry that we lived so far away from each other.

    I extend my deepest sympathy to you Jean, and to his children and their families. I attempted to call you last evening as soon as I received your letter, but received only a recorded message telling me that the number was no longer “in service”.

    It is at least comforting to know that Larry is now at peace in the loving arms of his Maker.

    Warmly,

    John