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Memorandum for the President from William J. Donovan Regarding Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Award to Virginia Hall, 05/12/1945


Memorandum for the President from William J. Donovan Regarding Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Award to Virginia Hall, 05/12/1945

Memorandum for the President from William J. Donovan Regarding Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Award to Virginia Hall, 05/12/1945 (National Archives Identifier: 595672); Washington Director's Office Administrative Files, 1941-1945; Records of the Office of Strategic Services, 1919 - 1948; Record Group 226; National Archives.

Denied a career in the Foreign Service due to an amputated leg, Virginia Hall would go on to work undercover in France during World War II for British intelligence and later the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS), organizing numerous sabotage operations against German forces. In this memo dated May 12, OSS Director William Donavan informs President Truman that she has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross -- the only female civilian in the war to receive this honor. After the war she became one of the new CIA's first female officers.
Virginia Hall's records are on display in the Public Vaults...
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