OSS 1st Lieutenant George Musulin behind enemy lines in
German-occupied Serbia, as a Chetnik, during his first mission in
November 1943. His second mission was Operation Halyard.
Photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Servicesand others. Not a single American was lost during the course of the entire operation and there are thousands of descendants now among us as a result of the cooperation between the O.S.S. and General Draza Mihailovich, a Serbian patriot, who despite being abandoned by the Allies in favor of the Yugoslav Communists, remained loyal to the Allies to the end and did the right thing.
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan
WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, March 21, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for their historic contributions during World War II.
The OSS, America’s first strategic intelligence system implemented during World War II, is widely considered the foundation of modern day intelligence operations. Founded by General William J. Donovan, a medal of honor recipient, the OSS “organized, trained, supplied, and fought” in the war throughout Europe and Asia and played a decisive role in America’s victory over axis forces. In addition to the civilian population, each military branch contributed personnel to OSS, whose missions resulted in some of the bravest acts of the war and forever changed the course of history.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)will take part in the bipartisan, bicameral ceremony.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States can bestow. In accordance with Public Law 114–269, a single gold medal has been struck to collectively honor the members of the OSS.
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET in Emancipation Hall and will be live-streamed on speaker.gov/live. For more on the history of the Congressional Gold Medal, watch this behind-the-scenes video. For press guidance, media should contact their respective congressional media gallery.
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