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Office of Strategic Services (OSS)

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  • Bayard LeRoy King (1922 - 2008)
    US Military intelligence officer in Australia during 1940's. Believed to of been sent to Adelaide to liase with South Australian Police to determine if the unknown man found deceased at Somerton Beach ...
  • Maj. John Halsey Bonsall (1919 - 1944)
    Google books... killed in France 30 aug 1944 findagrave
  • James Montgomery Gilchrist, jr. (1914 - d.)
    United States Military Attache to the US Embassy in Australia when a body of a man was found upon Somerton Beach in Adelaide, South Australia on the morning of 1/12/1948, known as the Somerton Man myst...
  • Jim Thompson (1906 - c.1967)
    ) Jim Thompson (born James Harrison Wilson Thompson; born March 21, 1906) was an American businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. At the time of his disappear...
  • Moe Berg (1902 - 1972)
    Morris "Moe" Berg (March 2, 1902 – May 29, 1972) was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Althoug...

Formed during the USA's war effort in WWII, the OSS was the predecessor to and the impetus for the formation of the CIA. This project tags GENi profiles of its circa thirteen thousand members. The identities of members were entered into the public record in 2008. Prior to that date, identities were kept secret by law.

The page on the OSS in wikipedia portrays the organization as drawing recruits from all walks of life and gives several examples. It also had the reputation as having provided key positions to the well-to-do: "There were so many aristocrats in the agency that the joke went around that OSS stood for "Oh So Social"." > as reported by Vanity Fair in 2017.

Chronology (work in progress)

  • July 11, 1941, Roosevelt signed an order naming Donovan Coordinator of Information (COI)
  • June 13, 1942 The Office of Strategic Services was established by a Presidential military order issued by President Roosevelt
  • May 1944, Donovan had "some eleven thousand American officers and foreign agents scattered in every important capital." (of the world)
  • Late 1944, The OSS purchased Soviet code and cipher material (or Finnish information on them) from émigré Finnish army officers
  • May 17, 1945, Donovan flew to Europe to prepare for the prosecutions (of the Nuremeburg tribunal), and eventually brought 172 OSS officers

Fun Fact

SCUBA gear was developed largely due to the support of the OSS. See = Christian James Lambertsen