It may have been a snowy day in the nation’s capital, but that didn’t stop members of Congress, veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and invited guests from coming together to recognize a group whose role in World War II helped lead America to victory over Axis forces. In a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, Congress honored members of the OSS with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow. 

The OSS was comprised of civilians and personnel from each military branch, and is considered the predecessor of the CIA. As Speaker Ryan told the audience: “The OSS may seem like something out of the movies, and yes, some of its members were. But there are certain roles that only history can cast. … [The men and women of the OSS] passed on a sense of duty and daring to today’s intelligence professionals.”