OSS Society Salutes Gen. Mattis

The OSS Society which honors the work of Office of Strategic Services members during their World War II espionage saluted retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, Oct. 12 at its Donovan Award Dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Mattis received the William J. Donovan Award. The Hugh Montgomery Award went to Thomas J. Higgins. The Virginia Hall Award went to Shannon Kent, who was killed in Syria. The Peter Ortiz Award went to Warrant Officer One Nicholas Lavery. Georgetowner Carl Colby wrote and directed two films, shown at the dinner: “Operation OVERLORD: OSS and the Battle for France” and “Call Sign CHAOS: Gen. Jim Mattis and the U.S. Marine Corps.” The OSS Society is planning a museum in Loudoun County.

Joe Kent, who served as a Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer, accepting the Virginia Hall Award on behalf of his wife, Shannon Kent, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Syria on Jan. 16.

Warrant Officer One Nicholas Lavery, USA, accepting the Peter Ortiz Award.


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