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Women in Intel: Captain Czech

The Derring-Do of Stephanie Czech Rader

“[The OSS] gave me a gun, but I never carried a gun. I thought, ‘What the heck was I gonna do with a dumb gun?'” Stephanie’s most valuable weapon: her wits.


There are relatively few centenarians buried at Arlington National Cemetery, even fewer who are female, and only a mere fraction of those who served as intelligence officers.

Captain Czech was a woman ahead of her time.

Not only did she go to college, but she eventually earned a master’s degree – in chemistry.

She caught the attention of the OSS, which sent her on an undercover mission to Warsaw at a time when women were restricted from working in a military or intelligence capacity in Poland.

Stephanie narrowly evaded capture by the Russians and still successfully completed her mission.

It wasn’t until decades later that the details of her amazing story were declassified.

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Posted: Mar 12, 2019 02:59 PM
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2019 03:09 PM