This letter, signed by President Truman, formally dissolves the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) effective 1 October 1945 (only 10 days from the date of the letter). Truman indicated that most OSS components would be transferred to the State and War Departments. This was a terrible disappointment to OSS Director Donovan, who had hoped his young intelligence organization would endure after World War II ended. Instead, Truman and the Congress would charter a new intelligence organization, the CIA, as part of the National Security Act of 1947.
26.5 cm x 20.3 cm
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