Secret Service Agent Donald J Lawton deceased 4/16/13, etc

Donald J. Lawton, police officer, Secret Service agent
By — Emily Langer,April 16, 2013
Donald J. Lawton, 79, who served in the D.C. police department and the U.S. Secret Service during a four-decade career, died April 5 at his home in Annandale.
He had cancer, said his nephew Howard Shea.
Mr. Lawton was a police officer from 1957 to 1972 and a Secret Service agent from 1962 to 1982. He remained associated with the Secret Service as an independent contractor through 1996.
Donald James Lawton was born in Newport, R.I., and served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956. His memberships included the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service.
His marriage to Norma Lawton ended in divorce. He had no immediate survivors.

Fifty Years Later, Recalling `Sully’
April 24, 2001|By BILL LEUKHARDT; Courant Staff Writer
NEW BRITAIN — George “Sully” Sulliman was a 24-year-old Yale University graduate when a bullet ended his life 50 years ago today.
Sulliman died on a barren Korean hill while rallying his badly outnumbered Marines against charging Chinese troops.
On Monday, nearly 200 people, including many of his childhood pals, gathered to remember the long-dead first lieutenant.
“It’s a great turnout,” said Joseph Rao, who knew Sulliman a half-century ago. “There’s a lot of guys here from our old Belvidere neighborhood.”
The crowd met at a stone monument that Sulliman’s grieving neighbors erected off Stanley Street only a few months after his death.
“He was a man of great courage and a young man of enormous potential,” said U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-6th District, one of a half-dozen officials to speak.
Some told of Sulliman’s outstanding scholarship and athletic abilities at both New Britain High School and Yale. Others touched on his natural gift of leadership and his engaging, nurturing personality.
Among the reflections was a letter to the Sulliman family from former President George Bush, a World War II veteran and Yale classmate of Sully’s. Bush was the captain of the Yale baseball team that featured Sully as shortstop.
“I’m sorry that Barb and I couldn’t attend today. Sully is a hero in the truest sense of the word,” Bush wrote. “Sully and I were scared kids when we enlisted, but we knew what we had to do.”
Sam Sulliman, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, told the crowd about the last time he saw his older brother — two days before George’s death. Both were serving in the military in Korea and had met in an officer’s tent for supper.
His brother loved the military and its focus on teamwork, he said. The younger Sulliman has an oil portrait of George in his Marine uniform.
“His portrait rests in a place of honor in my home,” Sam Sulliman said. “If George had lived, maybe he would have stayed in the Marine Corps and risen to a high rank.”
On the fringes of the crowd was Patricia Bielinski of New Britain, there with her three preteen sons.
“My father is a Korean War veteran. I think it’s important for my children to know the cost of freedom,” Bielinski said, as the oldest son, Adam, eagerly examined a shiny shell casing he’d retrieved from a blank fired minutes earlier by a Marine honor guard. “Still, as a mother, I sure hope none of my children have to go to war. ”

Jun. 6, 1908
Webb County
Texas, USA
Nov. 13, 1999
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Son of Luis Benavides and his wife, Maria. He was also a descendant of Gen. Hamilton P. Bee through his marriage to Andrea Martinez.

San Antonio Express News
November 19, 1999
Luis M. Benavides: Secret Service agent Benavides dies
Services are set Saturday for Luis M. Benavides, believed to be the first Hispanic United States Secret Service operative, later called agent, who protected Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson. Benavides, 91 died of cancer last Saturday in Maryland.

He was working at a law firm in Laredo when he was recruited in 1932 to work as a stenographer with the Secret Service in San Antonio, said Barney Boyett, a Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio office from 1979 to 1984.

He was hired as a clerk, but he only worked one or two days before he was told to go buy himself a gun and begin working cases, Boyett said. Stenographers made $1,800 a year, but Secret Service operatives were paid $2,300 a year, so he made a move real fast.

The Secret Service had been around nearly seven decades by the time Benavides joined it. One of the oldest Federal investigative law enforcement agencies in the United States the Secret Service was founded in 1865 as a branch of the United States Treasury Department.

At first Secret Service operatives, who were not called agents until 1936, investigated counterfeit United States currency. It wasn’t until 1901 after the assassination of President McKinley in Buffalo, New York that the Secret Service was assigned to protect the President.

Besides protecting the President, Vice President, their families and other officials the Secret Service investigates credit card fraud, computer fraud and forgery and theft of United States Treasury checks or bonds.

Boyett who interviewed Benavides extensively for an oral history said in those days the agency did not provide cars for its agents.

Mr. B told me he would take a bus or a train and once he even hitchhiked to one of those places in the Rio Grande Valley to work cases, Boyett said. In Puerto Rico he had to rent a horse and ride on horseback, because there were no roads where he needed to go.

Benavides’ first assignment protecting a President occurred in May 1937 when Roosevelt traveled to Galveston and Brownsville. Other Benavides protectees included Vice President John Nance Garner.

Benavides, who became special agent in charge of the San Antonio office in 1954 also worked the San Antonio leg of President John F. Kennedy’s last trip before he was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Benavides retired from the Secret Service in December 1965, but spent a year in Peru working as a consultant for the Agency for International Development. He returned to San Antonio and did work as a document examiner and handwriting expert.

He is survived by his wife, Ferol; a son of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter of Severna Park, Maryland; a sister, Mary Mogas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8PM today at Sunset Funeral Home at 1701 Sunset Highway. Services will be held at 11AM Saturday at Sunset Funeral Chapel, with burial at Sunset Mausoleum II. 
Family links: 
  Ferol Elizabeth Perkins Benavides (1910 – 2005)
Sunset Memorial Park
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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