A MEDAL FOR METTLE
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