The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society honors the historic accomplishments of the OSS during World War II, the first organized effort by the United States to implement a centralized system of strategic intelligence and the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Command, including the US Navy SEALs and the Green Berets. It educates the American public regarding the continuing importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom in this country and around the world.
The OSS Society and its predecessor, the Veterans of OSS that was founded in 1947 by OSS founder General William Donovan, have sponsored, organized and participated in educational events and programs such as presentations to the Society by Gen. Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and by Gen. Wayne Downing, former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command; presentations of the prestigious William J. Donovan Award® to Presidents Reagan, Eisenhower, and George H.W. Bush; and Admiral Lord Mountbatten, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Admiral Eric Olson, USN (Ret.), Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral William McRaven, USN (Ret.), and Secretary Leon Panetta; and symposia with the U.S. Special Operations Command and other government agencies. It also presents five other awards. The Hugh Montgomery Award, which is named in honor of The OSS Society's chairman, is presented to a retired officer from the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations. The John Waller Award recognizes achievement in OSS scholarship. The Virginia Hall Award is named in honor of the only civilian woman to receive the Distinguished Service Cross during World War II. The Peter Ortiz Award is presented to an active duty member of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to OSS veterans and other individuals who have made significant contributions to its operations or legacy.
The OSS Society led a successful effort to have a Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the OSS. The OSS Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 14, 2016, and will presented at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in 2017. It led another successful effort to have the OSS and original CIA headquarters on Navy Hill in Washington, D.C., added to the National Register of Historic Places. The DC Historic Preservation Review Board approved this nomination in 2016. It hosts the William J. Donovan Award® Dinner, the preeminent annual gathering of the US intelligence and special operations communities. The OSS Society has established OSS memorials throughout the United States and in Europe. It publishes The OSS Society Journal. The OSS Society is planning to build the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations™ that will educate the American public about OSS and its successor organizations. The OSS spearhead continues to point the way forward. Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation.
The OSS Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Membership in The OSS Society is available to OSS veterans, their descendants, current and former members of the U.S. intelligence community and U.S. Special Operations Forces, and people who are interested in General Donovan's "unusual experiment" - the Office of Strategic Services.
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