Please join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society for the presentation of the William J. Donovan Award® to Admiral William H. McRaven USN, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), in Washington, DC, on October 26, 2013. Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM in August 2011, Admiral McRaven served as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command and Special Operations Command Europe. He led Operation Neptune Spear, the special operations raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
In addition to honoring Admiral McRaven, we will also honor veterans of OSS and members of its successor organizations: the Central Intelligence Agency and USSOCOM.
We will have a special musical tribute to Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich who served the OSS by recording songs that were used by its Morale Operations Branch. Maria Riva, Marlene Dietrich’s daughter, will offer a toast to her mother.
We will also commemorate the liberation of the Hotel Ritz in Paris in 1944 by Ernest Hemingway, Col. David Bruce, and members of the French Resistance. When they arrived at the Hotel Ritz shorty after the Nazis had fled the hotel, the manager asked Hemingway if there was anything he could do for them. Hemingway said: “How about 75 dry martinis?”
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Colin Field, the head bartender at the Hotel Ritz and founder of its legendary Hemingway Bar, will offer a toast to Ambassador Bruce, Hemingway and his son, John Hemingway, who served as an OSS Jedburgh (the predecessors to U.S. Army Special Forces) and parachuted behind Nazi lines into France. (Marlene Dietrich and Ernest Hemingway met while crossing the Atlantic in 1934 and remained close friends until the author’s death in 1961.)
Saturday October 26, 2013
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM EDT
You can purchase tickets by clicking on the “register now” button below. However, if you or your company would like to serve as a sponsor of this event, click on this link to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
We have reserved a limited number of rooms at a reduced rate at two hotels: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel ($299/night), 1150 22nd Street NW, and the Washington Marriott ($169/night), 1221 22nd Street NW.
To reserve a room at the Ritz-Carlton, call 800-241-3333 by October 2, 2013, and mention “OSS Society” to receive the special rate. Reservations can also be made online at the Ritz-Carlton’s website. In order to receive the reduced rate, you must use the following code when making your reservation online: OSSOSSA.
To reserve a room at the Marriott, call 800-228-9290 by September 27, 2013, and mention the same code listed above (OSSOSSA). Dress for the evening is Black Tie Preferred or Mess Dress.
Thank you for your support of The OSS Society, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the historic accomplishments of OSS and its founder, General William “Wild Bill” Donovan, and educates the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom.
If you would like to become a member of The OSS Society, please fill out our membership application form. When you join, you’ll receive an OSS Society identification card that is a replica of an original OSS ID card with General Donovan’s picture and signature, and our acclaimed publication, The OSS Society Journal.
The OSS Society would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their support:
Battelle . William and Sophia Casey Foundation . DynCorp International . Ellis Family Charitable Trust . EWA Government Systems . General Atomics . General Dynamics . W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. . Intrado . JPMorgan Chase & Co. . Kriss USA . L-3 Communications . LaserMax . Leidos . Lockheed Martin . McLarty Associates . Paradigm SRP . Raytheon . Rumsfeld Foundation . Selex Galileo . Sierra Nevada Corporation . Sikorsky . SRA International . The Starr Foundation . Tawani Foundation . Technical Management Systems Corporation
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Phi Beta Iota: The Open Source Agency (OSA) is expected to be discussed at some of the tables, including Admiral McRaven’s table. Those who believe in the uncorrupted vision for this agency with global to local reach are encouraged to join the OSS Society, register for the dinner, and make their constructive views known as they see fit. We are still working on NATO, it is not as agile as SOCOM.