I’ve been doing research to follow up on my recent WW II Quarterly article on Merrill’s Marauders in Burma. I’m now interested in the activities of the OSS in Burma, specifically the OSS 101 detachment and also the Kachin Rangers who supported both Merrill’s Marauders and the OSS 101 detachment. During my visit to Myitkyina in north Burma last year I learned there are members of what they term the Kachin 101 group still alive and very proud of their service with the OSS during the war.
One stop I decided to make at home here in the US, was to Arlington National Cemetery where the founder of the OSS, Maj. General Bill Donovan is buried. Here are pictures of Maj. General Donovan’s headstone and Arlington National Cemetery which holds over 400,000 graves of American and allied warriors. I note that Maj. General Orde Wingate, the founder of the British Chindits unit, is also interred in the cemetery in a joint grave site with the crew of the C47 aircraft he was with when it crashed into a Burmese mountain side in March 1944.
These are people and stories that should not be forgotten.
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