U.S. Rep. Aguilar presented the Congressional Gold Medal to a service member who served during World War II. Domenic Robolino, son of Nicholas Robolino accepted the award posthumously. Nicholas Robolino was a member of the 492nd Bombardment Group, known as the ‘Carpretbaggers,’ and passed away in 2001. In March of 2018, people of the Office of Strategic Services were communally awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award a civilian can receive. Nicholas Robolino worked on radar equipment and maintained a group of unmarked planes used in France. Going many decades without being recognized, in 2018 the CIA declassified records of the work of the OSS, the first spy agency. Operations for the Carpetbaggers started in 1944, and they relied heavily on the support of the U.S. Army Air Force special operations air groups for aerial support, so they could drop agents and supplies into occupied Europe.
The Crossroads of Special Operations