Honoring the Loyalists

There were more than 600 of them, a spirited sea of tuxedoes and dinner jackets and splendid organza gowns. Their weathered faces suggested that some fellowship of older folk, maybe retirees, had assembled in Washington's Hilton Hotel last week. They were, instead, veterans of what President Ronald Reagan called "a twilight war." What bonded them and brought them together was the storied Office of Strategic Services, the cloak-and-dagger agency that was born in World War II and led to the formation, in 1947, of the CIA.

The President, dwarfed by a giant sepia photograph of OSS Founder William ("Wild Bill") Donovan...

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