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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FDR | WW2 Spymasters–Origins of the O.S.S.



This 46-minute documentary movie discusses the raison-d'être of the O.S.S., and "Wild" Bill Donovan's contribution to the war effort.

My Dad, E. R. Marlin, worked for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) in Dublin and London during the war. He reported to Col. Francis Pickens Miller (1895-1978) of Kentucky and Virginia, who had studied at Trinity College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. (Helen Hill Miller, his wife, was the U.S. correspondent for The Economist; I met her and Col. Miller at my Dad's house in the 1960s

Miller's intelligence papers are at the George C. Marshall Library and Museum, which is between Washington and Lee University, which Miller attended, and the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Espionage was hardly something new for the United States. George Washington had an extensive network of spies who carried information both ways between Long Island (occupied by the Redcoats) and Connecticut, where GW's troops still held their ground.

Thanks to Tim Sullivan for sending me the link to this documentary.