A MEDAL FOR MET­TLE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Here comes some leg­isla­tive fire­power to gain na­tional recog­ni­tion for mem­bers of the Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser­vices — the OSS, pre­de­ces­sor of the CIA, and the realm of de­ter­mined, in­ven­tive he­roes of seven decades ago. A bi­par­ti­san group that in­cludes both chair­men and mem­bers of the For­eign Af­fairs and Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tees, plus the Per­ma­nent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence has been at work. Yes, there is leg­is­la­tion.

The Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser­vices Con­gres­sional Gold Medal Act would honor OSS vets for their “ex­cep­tional and in­dis­pens­able ser­vice against Nazi Ger­many and the Axis na­tions dur­ing World War II,” the law­mak­ers ad­vised their peers in a July 7 let­ter.

They also cited the OSS role in the her­itage of Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence and spe­cial op­er­a­tions com­mu­ni­ties. The OSS ranks were people with such lu­mi­nar­ies as iconic chef Ju­lia Child, and four Di­rec­tors of Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence: Wil­liam Casey, Wil­liam Colby, Allen Dulles, and Richard Helms.

OSS So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Charles Pinck ad­vises one and all to con­tact their re­spec­tive law­mak­ers and re­quest they join the mis­sion and co-spon­sor the bill. More on the ef­fort and the his­tory here: OSSSo­ci­ety.org

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