1997 Factbook on Intelligence

The Office of Strategic Services Memorial

The OSS Memorial, dedicated in 1992 on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the OSS, honors those members of the CIA's predecessor organization who gave their lives in the service of their country during World War II. The monument consists of a single star and an inscription on the south wall in the Headquarters Building main lobby, opposite the Memorial Stars, and a statue of OSS Director William J. Donovan, which was dedicated in 1988. A book lists the names of OSS members who were killed during the war.

"To those of us here today, this is General Donovan's greatest legacy. He realized that a modern intelligence organization must not only provide today's tactical intelligence, it must provide tomorrow's long-term assessments. He recognized that an effective intelligence organization must not allow political pressures to influence its counsel. And, finally, he knew that no intelligence organization can succeed without recognizing the importance of people--people with discretion, ingenuity, loyalty, and a deep sense of responsibility to protect and promote American values."