Office Of Strategic Services

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  • A bill has been introduced to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the OSS, created in World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan. (U.S. ARMY)

    Inside the Beltway: Congressional gold for clandestine heroes of OSS

    They had legendary good spirit and the inner mettle to grapple with grim reality as well. That would be the Office of Strategic Services — the OSS — a clandestine agency created during World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan that was the predecessor of the CIA. The inventive determination of those 13,000 uncommon warriors who fought against Nazis and other American enemies seven decades ago has not been forgotten, however.

  • The annual OSS Society Awards Dinner on Saturday will honor Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy)

    Inside the Beltway: Rarefied revels of OSS

    There is an authentic intensity about the annual OSS Society awards dinner, an autumnal rite that celebrates the Office of Strategic Services — OSS — the agency created during World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan that was the predecessor of the CIA. The time has come again.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Shadow Warrior'

    Seventeen years after his death, former Director of Central Intelligence William E. Colby remains a controversial figure among many persons in and around the intelligence community. Did he betray generations of fellow officers by going public with a so-called "family jewels" list of CIA misdeeds over the years? Or did the disclosure save the agency from dissolution by an angry Congress?

  • Inside the Beltway: Strategic revels

    Indicators that an OSS Society event is under way: the official party favor is an elegant martini glass, strolling violinists play "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and multiple conversations begin with such phrases as "General, I haven't seen you since Afghanistan."

  • The Rolex clock serves the putting green and the clubhouse at Congressional, where President Hoover was the first club president when the course opened in 1924 with 825 life members. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    U.S. Open host has colorful, historic past

    Don't feel too bad for any golfer who hacks his way into one of the 96 sand bunkers on Congressional Country Club's Blue Course during the U.S. Open this week. No matter how treacherous his plight, he'll have it easier than Betty McIntosh did when she slithered through those bunkers face-down carrying a .32-caliber rifle back in 1945.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'A Covert Affair'

    At hand is a book that is a classic - and blatantly egregious - instance of a publisher pulling a bait-and-switch sting on an unwary reader. Judging from the title, one would assume it deals with the famed food maven and her husband. Well, one would be wrong: Julia Child is but a bit player in the volume, which is essentially the story of her Office of Strategic Services (OSS) colleague and longtime friend Jane Foster, a California socialite whose appetite for far-left causes led her to the fringes of - if not total immersion into - Soviet espionage.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Wild Bill Donovan'

    William Donovan is an authentic American hero, the man who single-handedly founded our country's first unified intelligence service. Unfortunately, much of what was written about him in the past was clumsy hagiography, based on information that Donovan and aides hand-fed to writers; one book was even vetted by his law firm.

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