Office of Strategic Services

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An OSS training film
SuccessorStrategic Services Unit
FormationJune 13, 1942
Extinction30 September 1945
LeaderHead of the Office of Strategic Services
Typeintelligence agency
Interest ofOmer Becu, Jacob Esterline, Jacobus Oldenbroek
Membership• John Magruder
• Allen Dulles
• Frank Wisner
• David Bruce
• Whitney Hart Shepardson
• Thomas W. Braden
• Richard Helms
• William Casey
• Royall Tyler
• Kermit Roosevelt
• Tracy Barnes
• Arthur Schlesinger
• Stewart Alsop
• Charles B. Fahs
• Chadbourne Gilpatric
• Norman Holmes Pearson
• James Angleton
• Richard Ellman
• John Hay Whitney
• DeWitt Poole
• Ivar Bryce
• John Ford
• E. Howard Hunt
• Philip Horton
• Ernest Hemingway
• Francis Pickens Miller
• Alfred Parry
• Eugene Fodor
• Marcello Girosi
• Ilia Tolstoy
• Julia McWilliams Child
• Raymond Guest
• Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
• John Hemingway
• Serafino Romualdi
• Walter Levy
• Lawrence de Neufville
• Harold Weisberg
• Hugh Tovar
• John K. Singlaub
• Jacob Esterline
• William Diebold
• Michael Elkins
• Raymond Rocca
• Lyman Kirkpatrick
• Aline Griffith
• Hugh Montgomery (diplomat)
• C. D. Jackson
• Franklin Lindsay
• Paul Helliwell
• George H. Olmsted
• Henry Lithgow Roberts
• Ulius Amoss
• Louis Bloomfield
• Hans Tofte
• William Macomber
• Walter Sterling Surrey
• Robert Pickus
Precursor to the CIA.

The Office of Strategic Services was an intelligence agency set up during World War II. Its head William Donovan had been close to the British Security Coordination (BSC), which was instrumental in the Office's creation. Many BSC agents and collaborators became involved with the OSS.[1]

US President Truman ordered the OSS disbanded on 20 September 1945.[2] However, on 26 September, Donovan's Deputy, General John Magruder secured an order from Assistant Secretary of War John McCloy which preserved its operations as the Strategic Services Unit, keeping alive the hopes of those who advocated what would later become the Central Intelligence Agency.[3]


Known Participants

40 of the 58 of the participants already have pages here:

Stewart Alsop
Ulius Amoss
James Jesus Angleton"The dominant counterintelligence figure in the non-communist world", according to Richard Helms, DCI.
Tracy BarnesUS Deep state actor involved in the Bay of Pigs
Louis BloomfieldCanadian Zionist and spook tied to the assassination of John F. Kennedy through the CIA front organization Permindex.
Thomas W. BradenOSS, Georgetown Set, CIA
David Brucespooky US diplomat
Ivar BryceDuring World War II Bryce worked the British Security Coordination, where he created a very successful forged Nazi map of South America for propaganda purposes.
William DieboldCFR economist
Allen DullesDulles served the longest ever term as Director of Central Intelligence and dominated American intelligence for a generation. He personified a cadre of Ivy League pragmatic elitists in high echelons of the government who greatly admired Germany’s scientific achievements.<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a> Dulles was fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs and bore a grudge against him thereafter.
Michael ElkinsClose connections to Israeli intelligence operations. Worked for the BBC,CBS and Newsweek. The first journalist to report at the beginning of the Six-Day War, and a speaker at the 1979 JCIT.
Jacob EsterlineDeputy chief of the CIA Western Hemisphere division
Chadbourne Gilpatric
Aline GriffithUS born Spanish spook who was a regular attender at Le Cercle in the 1980s.
Paul HelliwellCIA officer central in setting up the agency's involvement in drug trafficking.
Richard Helms
E. Howard HuntA CIA officer and USDSO. Heavily involved in both the Watergate Coup and the assassination of JFK.
C. D. JacksonOSS, US Deep sate operative, first Bilderberg
Kermit Roosevelt JrGrandson of Theodore Roosevelt. CIA agent.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Lyman Kirkpatrick
Walter LevyUS spooky economist, headed the petroleum section of the Office of Strategic Services
Franklin LindsaySingle Bilderberg SOE spook
William MacomberUS spook and diplomat.
John MagruderAfter the WW2 Office of Strategic Services was disbanded in 1945, core elements of it were maintained in the new Strategic Services Unit (SSU) led by Magruder, a link to the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1947.
Francis Pickens Miller
Hugh Montgomery (diplomat)63 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was one of the agency's greatest linguists.
Lawrence de Neufville
George OlmstedMilitary officer, spook and insurance executive.
Norman Holmes PearsonWW2 Office of Strategic Services. Following the war he helped organize the Central Intelligence Agency.
Henry Lithgow Roberts
Raymond RoccaCIA counterintelligence officer and specialist on the Soviet Union
Serafino Romualdi
Whitney Hart Shepardson
John K. SinglaubFounding member of the CIA, where he for more than half a century organized death squads and terrorist groups around the world, funded by drugs smuggling.
Hans TofteDanish born OSS and CIA irregular warfare and psychological operations expert, worked mostly in Asia.
Hugh TovarA spook involved in Vietnam and Indonesia
Harold Weisberg
John Hay WhitneyBillionaire active investor, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom 1957-61
Frank WisnerUS deep politician, and an architect of Operation Mockingbird. Reportedly killed himself.


  1. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's 1999, p.182.
  2. Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin, 2007, p.8.
  3. Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin, 2007, p.10.