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  • The Indomitable 'Dame Qui Boite'-(Virginia Hall, "Wild Bill" Donavan's American WWII lady OSS agent)

    05/30/2005 9:32:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 1,542+ views
    NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE.COM ^ | MAY 27, 2005 | DELIA M. RIOS
    The final item in the Sept. 30, 1944 "Activity Report of Virginia Hall," American intelligence agent, was No. XV: "Were you decorated in the Field?" "No," she had typed, "nor any reason to be." The answer was typical of her matter-of-fact sense of duty. But William J. Donovan, known to a generation of spies as "Wild Bill," begged to differ. On May 12, 1945, Maj. Gen. Donovan, director of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, informed President Harry Truman that Hall was, for her extraordinary heroism, to receive the Distinguished Service Cross -- second only to the Medal of Honor....