World War II Intelligence Officer Gets Congressional Medal


A 97-year-old World War II intelligence officer, who sent coded messages across hundreds of miles jungles in Southeast Asia, has received the highest congressional honor.

Technician Fourth Grade Roger Campbell was part of the Office of Strategic Services, which was created during World War II and was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in what was then known as Burma but is now Myanmar. With his training in using carrier pigeons, he collected intelligence and waged guerrilla warfare. He also conducted air drops using biplanes.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented Campbell Friday with the Congressional Gold Medal at the Wright Museum of World War II. Campbell is only one of about 100 OSS officers still alive. In the presentation, Shaheen called Campbell an American hero.

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