If you have information you think might interest CIA due to our foreign intelligence Major General William J. Donovan. As a young man, he fought in World War I was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal. The only injury, according to Demolitions Instructor Frank Gleason, was a young officer who broke his jaw and lost several teeth. Recruits learned various languages, document forgery, stealth, disguise, and uniform identification. OSS erected several new wooden structures at C-1. Donovan’s Special Operations (SO) Branch copied the British Special Operations Executive’s (SOE) penchant for rugged, isolated terrain for training. Both ranges pointed away from camp. Our open-source library houses the thousands of documents, periodicals, maps and reports released to the public. After the plane flew over the park, OSS trainees parachuted to certify as airborne-qualified. After the plane flew over the park, OSS trainees parachuted to certify as airborne-qualified. We will work to protect all information you (Area D is thought to be near Smith’s Point, Charles County, Maryland.). In October of 1943, the capacity at B-5 was 265 (25 officers, 40 enlisted men, and 200 trainees). The recruits arrived at the training facilities with nothing. collection mission, there are many ways to reach us. The first and largest facilities were Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area (RDA) and Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area (RDA). The areas were remote, secluded, and heavily forested. They ran through the forest on compass courses and mock reconnaissance missions. The only deviation was Area F. The war department leased the financially struggling Congressional Country Club for the Operational Groups. communication issues, the CIA Recruitment Center does not accept resumes, nor can we return Office of Public Affairs Cabs were not allowed to drive past the main gate. Located just outside the mess hall was a small building that served as a post exchange. In Europe, Secret Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence was also effective. Unlike paramilitary training in Area A, Area C focused on radio training with some marksmanship training at firing ranges. They also built a guard house near the entrance road and an armory that still stands today. Regarding Fritz Kolbe, Richard Helms, retired Director of Central Intelligence, wrote in a memoir published in 2003 that “Kolbe’s information is now recognized as the very best produced by any Allied agent in World War II.”. (That area is now Chestnut Picnic Area.). OSS’s counter-intelligence and counter-espionage seems to have been more effective than the Army’s Counter-Intelligence Corps. As at Area A, the OSS altered many of the NPS summer camp buildings. It was one mile away from the closest camp. Americans were relatively new to centralized espionage by WWII, and many were skeptical of "Wild Bill" Donovan's agency and his ideas. Later it was relocated when it proved to be in the way of the rifle range with eight targets. Cabin Camp 3 became Area A-3. They built more latrines with more sinks, showers, and toilets. Area B-2 consisted of rustic chestnut cabins, a mess hall kitchen, recreation hall, headquarters building, and a swimming pool which was filled and covered over during the war. The capacity at Area B-2 in October of 1943 was 149 (20 officers and 129 enlisted men). Their name badges included a fictitious student name such as "Joe" or "Fred". In the summer of 1944, contractors put in a swimming pool. Area CDonovan established a new and separate Communications Branch (CB) of OSS in September 1942. Most were located in Maryland and Virginia. The Ninth U.S. Army then crossed the Rhine River. The kitchens needed new electrical wiring to run large new refrigerators and dishwashers. "In a global and totalitarian war, intelligence must be global and totalitarian." OSS’s chief agent in occupied Rome, Peter Tompkins, provided information about an impending German counterattack on the Anzio beachhead. After undergoing a battery of mental and physical tests, they were chosen based on a combination of intelligence, imagination, creativity, courage, and ruthlessness. It was one mile away from the closest camp. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and America’s Special Forces Units. Commo ran the communications school at Area C and at the other camps as well. Volume 2 has added OSS dedicated Area A to training Basic Special Operations (SO) and Operational Groups (OGs). An 8-foot wooden platform was erected over a sand pit. It was also known as the "Mystery House", "House of Horrors", and the "Haunted House". The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society honors the historic accomplishments of the OSS during World War II, the predecessor to the CIA and the U.S. Special Operations Command. OSS was his brainchild. As a Wall Street lawyer, he traveled the world on business. Please know, CIA does not engage in law enforcement. The OSS recruited America's social elite and top minds, as well as burglars and con men. Training Facilities at Area B-2, Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area: The OSS facility had both physical and weapons training areas. For those who worked toward the OSS's mission, it was a heartbreaking end.