By an executive order last week the fabled Office of Strategic Services lost its identity, but not its life. Harry Truman transplanted two of its branches to the State Department, promised that by Jan. 1 "a coordinated system of foreign intelligence" would be a permanent arm of the government.

To OSS's wartime director, stocky, blue-eyed Major General William J. ("Wild Bill") Donovan, 62, this was half a victory and much better than none. In the atomic age, the U.S. for the first time would have a clearing house to tie to gether...

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