Obama ap­proves civil­ian honor for veter­ans of WWII spy agency

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BUF­FALO | Pres­i­dent Obama has signed leg­is­la­tion that be­stows one of the na­tion’s high­est civil­ian awards on veter­ans of the Amer­i­can World War II spy agency founded by a New Yorker.

The OSS Con­gres­sional Gold Medal Act signed this week hon­ors veter­ans of the Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser­vices, the pre­cur­sor to the CIA and to­day’s spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces.

The Se­nate passed the mea­sure ear­lier this year, with the House fol­low­ing

last month.

OSS veter­ans and mem­bers of the Vir­ginia-based OSS So­ci­ety had fought for years to get the spe­cial recog­ni­tion for the spy agency, which ran in­tel­li­gence net­works and re­sis­tance op­er­a­tions be­hind en­emy lines in Europe and Asia.

The OSS was or­ga­nized and led by Buf­falo na­tive Gen. Wil­liam “Wild Bill” Dono­van, a Medal of Honor re­cip­i­ent dur­ing World War I.

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