His work in the military remained hidden for years due to its secretive nature, but now one veteran is receiving recognition for his service in the U.S. Army as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II.
As a member of the elite Office of Strategic Services, Frank A. Gleason spent the final year of World War II leading a small team of operatives tasked with carrying out sabotage operations against Japanese troops in southern China. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, the legendary commando joked that his outfit would be regarded today as a “trained band of terrorists.”
Forget the Swiss Army Knife: When it came to committing espionage and sabotage against the forces of evil during World War II, no tool was more favored among American and British spies than the simple-yet-effective “escape and evasion knife.”
During World War II, at the behest of the U.S. Army, Bell Laboratories tested sound suppressors for various firearms. The best known of the company’s designs was a specialized submachine gun that went on to serve U.S. special operators through three wars.