A few days ago I received an email from a friend regarding the original OSS headquarters in Washington DC, which has come under threat of being demolished by the US State Department, the owners of the site. It took five seconds of research for me to realize that the complex was an historical treasure and that I need to do something to help.
“Although they have seen changes since 1945, the OSS headquarters’ three core buildings and central quadrangle remain one of Washington’s most intact and significant World War II sites…
With its service as the headquarters of the OSS, as well as the CIA from its founding in 1947 to 1961, the campus’ legacy as the birthplace of the American intelligence and special operations communities is unrivaled.
Although its historical significance seems indisputable, the OSS headquarters faces a complex and contested path to preservation. The push to preserve the complex began when The OSS Society heard rumors that the State Department, which currently owns the site, intended to demolish the buildings to make way for a development called the “Potomac Hill Diplomatic Center.” Although the State Department has recently awarded a contract for a master development plan that includes a historic preservation study, the OSS buildings’ survival remains far from assured.” -OSS Society Journal Excerpt
History is an important teacher, and Americans will be better off with this historical treasure protected for future generations to enjoy, and learn from. SOFREP spoke with OSS Society President Charles Pinck, and asked what SOFREP could do to help ensure that this set of buildings gets landmark status. Charles told SOFREP that the GSA is still accepting public comments until July 21st. Please write in to [email protected] and let GSA know you support Landmark status.
Thank you sincerely,
Brandon Webb, Editor SOFREP.com
The OSS Society: Founded in 1947 as the Veterans of OSS byOSS founder General William J. Donovan, The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society is nonprofit organization that celebrates the historic accomplishments of the OSS during World War II, the first organized effort by the United States to implement a centralized system of strategic intelligence and the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Command. It educates the American public regarding the continuing importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom in this country and around the world. Its membership is comprised of active duty and retired member of the U.S. intelligence and special operations communities.
To learn more about the OSS Society and become a member, pleas visit its website: osssociety.org.