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Preservation of American Hellenic History

Announcement, PAHH Publication

Greek/American Operational Group Office of Strategic Services (OSS): Memoirs of World War 2

The memoirs tell a story of Co. C, 2671 Special Reconnaissance Battalion, also known as the Greek American Operational Group. The unit served behind the lines to liberate Greece. The records were classified as top secret until recently.

During a period of 219 days from 23 April until 20 November 1944, troops of Co. C., 2671 Special Reconnaissance Battalion were continuously in occupied Greece. The type of warfare they engaged in was unique in the history of the American Army. The record they made is of some interest and bears close examination. [National Archives, cited in the memoirs.]

On a moonless August night in 1944, two C-47 planes each with 12 men and one officer of the Greek-American Operational Group 4 were circling the mountains over Macedonia near the Bulgarian border, waiting for a signal from the Greek guerrillas (Antartes) on a plateau below. The red light next to the exit door was on, the signal for the men to prepare to jump. When the light turned green, as a member of Group 4, I parachuted behind enemy lines and landed onto my parents' homeland, Greece ... [The Author, Part 6.]


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