12His father led the very different, original incarnation of the Suicide Squad
Back in the days of World War II, Richard Flag Sr. led a special division called the Suicide Squadron. In their first mission, everyone but Flag was killed. Subsequent missions would see Flag meet with more success and fewer casualties.
After the Justice Society of America and other heroes disappeared in 1951,
Flag was asked by the President to to join Task Force X. Flag would be leader of the “civilian” focused team of Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad. The unit would primarily deal with non-military threats, like masked villains and other such threats. Flag would be a member of the Suicide Squad for many years, finally sacrificing himself in an attempt to defeat the War Wheel, a giant armored wheel used by villains during WWII to destroy whole villages.