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The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was the Wartime intelligence agency, and it was a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The OSS was formed in order to coordinate espionage activities behind enemy lines for the branches of the United States Armed Forces.
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The Office of Strategic Services was established by a Presidential military order issued by President Roosevelt on June 13, 1942, to collect and analyze strategic information required by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to conduct special operations not assigned to other agencies. During the War, the OSS supplied policy makers with facts and estimates, but the OSS never had jurisdiction over all foreign intelligence activities.

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“Wild Bill” Donovan was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his efforts, but he would become more famous in World War II as the founder of the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the predecessor of the CIA. A memorial service was held a few days later for the men who died, with Sgt. Joyce Kilmer ...
In 1943, Angleton was recruited into the Office of Strategic Services, America's first foreign intelligence service stationed in Rome during and after World War II. He excelled at secret intelligence work. I tell a story in The Ghost of how he rescued a leading Nazi and a leading Italian fascist from postwar justice ...

Jefferson Morley will speak first, and he'll talk about the “CIA and Mossad: Tradeoffs in the Formation of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship.” .... In 1943, Angleton was recruited into the Office of Strategic Services, America's first foreign intelligence service, [and was] stationed in Rome during and after World War II.
More than 70 years ago, Keith Cole was stationed in England during World War II and assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. He worked specifically with the agency's air arm — the 492nd Bomb Group — known as 'Carpetbaggers.' Cole was an engineer and also a dispatcher in the unit, which ...
The CIA, on the other hand, is actually a civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States government. Among countless other functions (countless because a lot of internal workings of the CIA are classified), this is where you would find the spies. Created as a successor to the Office of Strategic Services, the first real ...
The museum will focus specifically on the Office of Strategic Services, which was the World War II-era predecessor to the CIA, the U.S. Special ... to the intelligence community, the U.S. military and major defense contractors, is the ideal location to build it,” said Charles Pinck, president of The OSS Society.

... never had a chance to derail America's war efforts due to the courage, patriotism and sacrifice of the women of the Office of Strategic Services, which later became the CIA.” ... In our many hours of interviews, Betty shared some incredible stories of her life as a real-life spy for the O.S.S. and later the CIA.
... in Washington DC alongside surviving members of the Office of Strategic Services to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the nation. He served in the OSS from 1943 to 1945 . The OSS is the predecessor of both Special Forces and the CIA. "Office of Strategic Service: It was ...
March 21 Johnson, 94, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., the highest civilian honor nationwide, for his service with the Office of Strategic Services from 1943 to 1945 alongside surviving members. The OSS is the predecessor of both the Special Forces and the CIA. "Office of ...
The 56,000-square-foot National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations, designed by Curt Fentress of D.C.-based Fentress Architects, is a project of The OSS Society, a nod to the Office of Strategic Services — the World War II predecessor to the CIA. It is slated for an 8-acre parcel within Kincora, ...
The Office of Strategic Services Society has selected the Kincora development for the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations. ... The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency during World War II and is the predecessor to today's CIA. Famous TV chef Julia Child, ...
For someone who grew up at a time of tremendous conflict as the son of a supposed insurance lawyer who had served as general counsel to the Office of Strategic Services, the CIA's precursor, those words struck a chord with Donovan. Indeed, as his boat went past Germany, Donovan thought of the plot ...
Under Franklin Roosevelt, the US favoured liberation for European colonies after the Second World War. A representative of the OSS — CIA's precursor — stood close by as Ho Chi Minh, quoting from the US Declaration of Independence, announced the birth of an independent nation following the end of ...
In Athens almost two years to the day after he was replaced as CIA chief by George H.W. Bush, Colby would no doubt discuss his experiences in espionage that began as an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operative in World War II. I was interested in that stuff at the time, although to be truthful I didn't ...
Immediately after Pearl Harbor, Berg brings this footage to the newly created OSS (forerunner of the CIA), where he is first hired for analytic desk work but eventually convinces chief William J. Donovan (Jeff Daniels) to put him in the field. Officials tell Berg about the Manhattan Project, explaining their ...
An OSS and CIA golden boy in the 1950s and '60s, Edward Lansdale was eventually marginalized, and America lost the war. ... Lansdale, who began his intelligence career during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services (the CIA's forerunner), went to the Philippines after the Pacific war ended.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) inherited the mantle of covert action operations as a legacy from its OSS predecessor, which had had considerable success in conducting disinformation operations during World War 2. But there was from the start considerable opposition to continuing such programs ...

CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Office of Strategic Services June 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice confirmed they arrested a CIA officer that was suspected of stealing top secret information for ...
The OSS, or Office of Strategic Services, was the World War II predecessor to the CIA, the military's U.S. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, and the State Department's ... America's OSS supported the Norwegian resistance. ... It includes a speech President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave in 1942.
Boot, a Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote "Invisible Armies" in 2013, a history of guerrilla warfare, and that subject is key to any study of Lansdale, who left a career in advertising to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the CIA, ...
There does not seem to be any evidence that Prof. Murray's studies were connected to the CIA MK Ultra project although Prof. Murray did work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, helping to produce a psychological profile of Adolph Hitler. The OSS became the CIA after the War.
Craig Gralley spent more than 30 years at the CIA, where he worked as a chief speechwriter for three agency directors: William Webster, Robert Gates, and R. James Woolsey Jr. When Gralley, now 62, retired from Langley in 2013, he began writing in the voice of someone quite different: legendary World ...
Lansdale, who began his intelligence career during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services (the CIA's forerunner), went to the Philippines after the Pacific war ended. There he fell in love with both the newly independent country and, as Boot recounts, a Filipina woman, while his wife waited behind ...
He is, however, a scholar of U.S. military history, and the first CIA director, St. Louis businessman Sidney Souers, ran the supermarket chain years before Harry Truman chose him to run the spy agency as a successor to the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Connell said that there are two ...
James Jesus Angleton was one of the most able spymasters of the 20th century, and a patriotic criminal. He was an intellectual and poet with a skeletal face like Munch's Scream; an orchid-collecting, fly-fishing, martini-guzzling, chain-smoking manipulator who from 1954 to 1975 ran the CIA's ...
In World War II, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) advanced the practice, albeit tragically, with its Cassia Ring espionage network. ... Turner deftly recounts the multinational Cassia team's heroic exploits and their contact with OSS Bern Chief and later CIA Director Allen Dulles, as well as the ring's ...
Himler was a Hungarian immigrant and coal mining entrepreneur, who gained international attention not only to the innovative and prosperous Himler Coal Company, but also due to his work with the Office of Strategic Services, now referred to as the CIA, during World War II. “Everyone knew Martin Himler ...
After their first child, Marsha Joan Marsh was born October 6, 1942 they moved to Gary, Indiana where Tim worked for the Signal Corp. Tim joined the OSS (former CIA) and they moved to Washington, DC where Helen and Marsha stayed at the Williams Hotel while Tim was at Camp McDowell. It was in her ...
Gen. William J. Donovan stands in solemn watch next to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Memorial. Donovan was the head of the OSS and is considered the “Father of Modern American Intelligence Gathering,” the CIA considers him the first Director of Central Intelligence. (Image courtesy of CIA) ...
The CIA that emerges in this work is far from the “fascist security state” characterization peddled by Oliver Stone (whose film JFK Morley admires) but is instead populated by the same ... Angleton shared the latter view and despite a Yale background and service to the OSS never really fit in with the Agency.
Julia Child was a spy during World War II. Child worked for the Office of Strategic Services which later became the CIA, according to the CIA. She started as a research assistant typing up names on note cards, says the CIA. The note cards were used to keep track of officers before computers were invented.
The talented cryptologist Elizebeth Smith Friedman was hired by the Coast Guard in 1927 to break the code of rumrunners and went on to work for other federal agencies, designing the codes used by the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the C.I.A. Yet her husband, the Army code breaker ...
Lake-Sumter SAR chapter gets inside look at CIA Museum .... D. Roosevelt, formed and headed the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. ... Some explored were OSS “Beano” grenades, hidden compasses, ...
He served with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and ... by U.S. Special Operations Command, the CIA and the OSS Society.
Or maybe Joe Savoldi, the Italian-American wrestler who was an early intelligence officer for the OSS, the precursor to the CIA, during World ...
The Daily 202: Trump bowing to CIA on JFK files is a reminder of how .... of the agency's precursor, the Office of Strategic Services, for one plot.
... government and officials went to work building the Office of Strategic Services. ... The OSS was in search of people who could "plant the seeds of ... a truly amazing person who made up the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA.
Wippl Receives OSS Society Hugh Montgomery Award ... Montgomery Award from the Office of Strategic Services Society in Washington, D.C..
Watch | Julia Child & Jackson Pollock Worked For The CIA ... to the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of today's CIA, and ... She ran the OSS Registry in China during the final crucial months of the war in the Pacific.
New Delhi: Did the Office of Strategic Services or OSS, an intelligence agency of the United States during World War II and a predecessor of the ...
Denson says in 1997, Nicholson became the highest-ranking CIA officer ..... Donovan had created the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to ...
The Office of Strategic Services (the 1940s forbearer of the CIA) had a ... John Chambers' interesting history of OSS training in parks recounts how, “an obstacle ...
... was part of the OSS, Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA. ... After his service in Vietnam with the OSS, Wickes came back to the ...
Denson says in 1997, Nicholson became the highest-ranking CIA officer ..... Donovan had created the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to ...
In one egregious example, the CIA guide to searching the records lists ..... OSS Collection (336): Documents from the OSS, CIA's World War II ...
Up until Monday, the CIA had never publicly released the full name of its ... who began as a secretary to the OSS, the CIA's precursor, and later ...
... files reveal how the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA, ... of Strategic Services (OSS), the World War II predecessor to CIA, ...
CIA, US Air Force celebrate 70th anniversary ... were veterans of the World War II-era intelligence service, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS.).
A field manual in Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) archives, prepared ... the head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the World War II ...
The CIA on Monday officially unveiled the name of the agent who saved ... who began as a secretary to the OSS, the CIA's precursor, and later ...


 

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