WWII-era spy receives posthumous honor

Official Army photo of Stephanie Rader, OSS veteran in wartime. Stephanie Rader received her undergraduate degree from Cornell in 1937. She was a chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences. (U.S. Army via Cornell University)

Official Army photo of Stephanie Rader, OSS veteran in wartime. Stephanie Rader received her undergraduate degree from Cornell in 1937. She was a chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences. (U.S. Army via Cornell University)

Stephanie Rader was recently awarded the Legion of Merit award after initially being recommended for the award 70 years ago by her employer, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

Raider died last January at the age of 100 and was laid to rest on June 1 in the Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

According to an Associated Press report, Rader was a daughter of Polish immigrants and spoke fluent Polish. She used her skills as a spy to gain information on Soviet troop movements in Poland.

 

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