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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Sunday, May 16, 2021

After 74 years, Army veteran recognized for wreaking WWII chaos with OSS | Army Times

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The first director of the Office of Strategic Services at the start of World War II was looking for a unique combination of character traits to outfit a new team of combatants during World War II.

“We need Ph.D.s that can win a bar fight.”

Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan’s description was apt as he began assembling a force that could outwit and outmuscle the enemy.

In Marietta, Frank A. Gleason fit the bill.

Fresh out of Penn State University with a degree in chemical engineering, Gleason was young, fit and ready to serve his country fighting the Empire of Japan.

Source: After 74 years, Army veteran recognized for wreaking WWII chaos with OSS | Army Times

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