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"We are tasked with anything and everything; espionage, sabotage, you name it we do it..."
— Colonel Hargrove
Office of Strategic Services
OSSInsignia2
Leader(s) Colonel Hargrove (Europe)
Colonel Floyd (Pacific)
Major General William Joseph Donovan
Brigadier General John Magruder
Appears in Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor: Underground, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Medal of Honor: Frontline, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, Medal of Honor: Infiltrator, and Medal of Honor: European Assault
Country United States of America and Allies
Active 1942 - 1945

The Office of Strategic Services or OSS, are the main protagonistic faction in all Medal of Honor games prior to Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault.

BackgroundEdit

GeneralEdit

They are normally never seen, but can be heard over the radio. Usually, they are referred to as 'command'. The point of having the OSS as a main faction is to show the dual nature of war; the seen, known aspect of war and the behind-the-scenes aspect of war. The objectives they task the player with usually are meant to be covert operations. Assassination, infiltration, forged papers and suppressed weapons all play a part in the objectives they provide in each mission the players encounter them. Meanwhile, the 'known' aspect of war includes advancing on enemy positions, knocking out armored vehicles, mass charges, popping smoke to mark targets for the US Army Air Corps, and providing cover fire for friendly troops.

Some of the objectives they give to the main character in the games foreshadow the events of the Cold War, primarily when they tell the player to destroy evidence of the German dirty bomb before the "Russians get their hands on it" during the Climbing Mamyev Hill part of Medal of Honor: European Assault. They are the forerunners of the CIA.

Medal of HonorEdit

In Medal of Honor, the Colonel Stanley Hargrove and the Office of Strategic Services are the commanders of James Patterson, and help brief him throughout his mission. Ever since Patterson rescued fellow operator Manon Batiste from North Africa, Hargrove became very impressed with his skills and began to monitor his activity in the Air Transport Command, or ATC. Jimmy was recruited to the OSS in 1944 by the Colonel and performed outstandingly, completing his final mission to destroy a V-2 Rocket plant and finally being awarded the Medal of Honor. Their war room is located in an underground bunker in London, England.

Medal of Honor: UndergroundEdit

Medal of Honor: Underground once again features the OSS. They were very interested in Jacques Batiste and his other resistance members. After the unfortunate death of Jacques, they discovered that his resistance partner was no man, but a woman, named Manon. The sister of Monsieur Batiste, Manon was brought to the OSS as an operative but remained in strong contact with the French Resistance. Her place of command is a Resistance safehouse. Manon was never awarded any American medals or decorations, but she usually looted artifacts from the battlefield or received French medals.

Medal of Honor: FrontlineEdit

The OSS play a large role during Medal of Honor: Frontline. Jimmy Patterson, the main character of Medal of Honor, appears again as a member of the OSS, and serves as the playable character, where he undertakes both direct combat operations, such as the D-Day invasion, as well as espionage missions. Patterson took part somewhat in Operation Paperclip, hijacking a top-secret German flying wing and recovering it to the Allies.

Medal of Honor: Allied AssaultEdit

Lieutenant Mike Powell was an early addition to the OSS and a very accomplished soldier, going on search and rescue raids, all out assaults, and undercover missions. He was briefed in the same war room as Patterson by Hargrove, scutted U-Boats, as did Jimmy, and even returning to Schmerzen to finish the fort off once and for all.

Medal of Honor: Rising SunEdit

The OSS plays a less major role in Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, symbolic of the series' drifting towards frontline combat. However, the player does undertake several covert missions for the OSS in Japan, with the Welrod's first and only appearance.

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TriviaEdit

  • The OSS were the original Tier 1 operators, participating in covert operations unsuited for those of the regular armed forces. The USSOCOM logo which units such as the U.S. Navy SEALs, the 75th Ranger Regiment and U.S. Special Forces belong to, a spade, is based off that of the OSS.

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