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On Veterans/Remembrance Day, Remembering One Woman’s War

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 Post subject: On Veterans/Remembrance Day, Remembering One Woman’s War
PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:30 am 

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Pulling on her size 4 1/2 combat boots to meet her driver who sped through wartime Italy’s treacherous streets, Sgt. Myrtle Vacirca had no time to reflect on how her own unlikely history of peril and promise had brought her to this point. That day in 1943, she was just another member of the OSS, Office of Strategic Services, an elite, global force of intelligence agents created by President Franklin Roosevelt, and she had been summoned to the villa of the American head of the OSS in Italy, Raymond Rocca.

Hurtling through those winding streets of Rome, Vacirca had no time to reflect on how meticulously and passionately her team gathered intelligence to protect Allied forces and achieve Allied goals. Nor did she consider the twists and ironies that had brought her, a Massachusetts-born woman, back to her ancestral home..
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