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OSS to Receive Congressional Gold Medal
Congress has approved the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Congressional Gold Medal Act, bestowing the honor on the World War II predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Special Operations Command, and State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The bill (S.2234), which was passed by the U.S. Senate earlier this year, now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Many Nisei from Hawaii served with the OSS in various capacities during the war.
The OSS was created in 1942 by President Roosevelt, who appointed General William Donovan, a World War I Medal of Honor recipient, as its director. Donovan is the founding father of the U.S. intelligence and special operations communities.
The OSS played a critical role in America’s victory in World War II. It gathered critical intelligence that led to the success of D-Day. It supported, trained and led resistance movements around the globe. The OSS created new technologies and devised innovative methodologies. Its personnel went behind enemy lines on the most dangerous missions of World War II. Its Morale Operations Branch pioneered the use of psychological operations. Many of the Hawaii Nisei served in the China-Burma-India theater and China, as well as other locations.
“For many years, the heroic contributions of the OSS–which included some of the most daring covert operations of World War II—remained shrouded in secrecy, their contributions largely unknown to the American public. Today, Congress is able to publicly recognize the members of the OSS for their remarkable heroism and many sacrifices,” said Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), who cosponsored the Senate bill with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO).
Said Warner, “As the predecessor to the modern CIA, other elements of the U.S. intelligence community, and U.S. special operations forces, the OSS once boasted nearly 13,000 members, but more than 70 years after they won the war, fewer than 100 are still with us. I know how much it means to the veterans of the OSS, as well as their families, that this legislation is finally making its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Today, Congress has ensured that their courage of spirit and their love of country will long live on in our nation’s memory.”
“From establishing intelligence networks deep behind enemy lines to bolstering resistance organizations throughout Europe and Asia, the members of the OSS saved thousands of lives and played a critical role in securing the Allied victory in World War II,” said Senator Blunt.
“Honoring veterans of the OSS with a Congressional Gold Medal will ensure that their heroic actions during one of our country’s most trying times will not be forgotten,” said Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), the bill’s House sponsor. “The clandestine nature of the OSS often meant members had to operate behind enemy lines in situations calling for unquestionable bravery and unparalleled skill. Their actions played an important role in winning the war and saved countless American lives in the process.”
Charles Pinck, president of the OSS Society, said, “General Donovan said OSS personnel performed ‘some of the bravest acts of the war.’ We are very grateful to the Majority Leader, the bills’ sponsors in the House and Senate, and the 393 cosponsors from both bodies for recognizing their bravery with a Congressional Gold Medal. We look forward to the presentation of this medal next year to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the OSS’ founding.”
More information about the OSS Congressional Gold Medal Act, including photographs, are available at http://osssociety.org/goldmedalact.html.
MIS Club Membership Roster
The roster of current MIS Veterans Club members is available in PDF format below. It was last updated September 7, 2015.
It contains the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of members. It is password-protected and will be accessible only to current members. Members may request a password by contacting the club at <email@example.com>.
Veterans or descendants wishing to renew their memberships or join the club can find membership forms in the “Join Us” page of this website. Dues are $20.00 a year.
MIS Exhibit at Army Museum to Close Soon
The exhibit featuring the Military Intelligence Service, now open at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy, is expected to close within the next few months.
The exhibit is in the museum’s Changing Gallery, just around the corner from the entrance, and includes about 80 photos and dozens of artifacts. It tells the story of the World War II MIS AJAs with an emphasis on those with Hawaii ties.
The museum is on Kalia Road near Saratoga in Waikiki. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays). Admission is free.
There are three handicapped parking stalls in the circular driveway in front of the museum. Paid parking is available in the lot on Kalia Road, directly across the museum. The museum will validate your parking so your fee is reduced. (The lot is unattended so be sure to pay for your parking at the self-service kiosk before exiting.)
The entrance to the museum is on the Diamond Head end of the building, far to the left of the artillery and tanks as you face the building.
Club By-law Amendments, Strategic Plan
The by-laws of the Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaii were adopted on June 25, 2014. Amended portions are noted in boldface.
The club’s Strategic Plan 2014-2019, which is attached below, outlines the club’s goals. This plan also contains the history of the MIS Veterans Club.