WWII Spy – an “Undercover Girl” – To Be Honored as One of the 2012 Virginia Women in History

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Date(s) - February 29, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Westminster at Lake Ridge

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Westminster at Lake Ridge [email protected] www.wlrva.org


Lake Ridge, VA – [February 15, 2012]. A former OSS and CIA intelligence agent will be honored as one of the 2012 Virginia Women in History by Librarian of Virginia. Elizabeth “Betty” Peet McIntosh, 97, will be recognized on Wednesday, February 29 during a public ceremony at Westminster at Lake Ridge, the Continuing Care Retirement Community in Prince William County, Virginia where she now lives.

“Betty” McIntosh will receive the award from Librarian Sandra G. Treadway in recognition of her work as intelligence agent with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Fluent in Japanese, McIntosh was one of the few women assigned to Morale Operations during the war. The OSS was the country’s wartime intelligence agency whose ranks included actress Marlene Dietrich and chef Julia Child. McIntosh worked in the Burmese, Chinese, and Indian theaters where she helped produce false news reports, postcards, documents, and radio messages designed to spread disinformation that would undermine Japanese morale during the war.

After the war, McIntosh continued in public service and worked on assignments for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Voice of America, the State Department, and the United Nations. In 1958 she joined the Central Intelligence Agency, successor to the OSS, where she worked until her retirement in 1973. She is the author of her memoir of her OSS experiences, published in 1947 as Undercover Girl. She also wrote two children’s books, Inki (1957) and Palace under the Sea (1959). Her book Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS (1998) describes the adventures of the brave women who served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.

This free event is open to the public, however the public is asked to RSVP by calling 703-496-3440 by February 24th. The award presentation begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Potomac Room at Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia. A reception will follow.

The annual Virginia Women in History program is sponsored by the Library of Virginia and Dominion. Each year the program recognizes eight women, past and present, who have developed new approaches to old problems, served their communities, striven for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, advanced their professions, and initiated changes that continue to affect our lives today.

At an awards presentation and reception on March 29, the Library of Virginia will celebrate the lives and contributions of this year’s award winners, including McIntosh.

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About Westminster at Lake Ridge
Westminster at Lake Ridge is a Continuing Care Retirement Community next to historic Occoquan, Virginia just across the river from Fairfax County and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. A wooded campus with two ponds and trails to the Occoquan River, Westminster offers the choice of both cottage and apartment living for people age 62+, Residents enjoy maintenance-free living, weekly housekeeping, dining, planned events, on-site amenities and transportation. Healthcare is available on site, whether for brief or extended care, assisted living or skilled nursing care. Westminster at Lake Ridge is part of the Ingleside family of not-for-profit, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, providing over 100 years of service. For more information, please call 703-496-3440, email [email protected], or visit www.wlrva.org.