6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2021 5:40 PM by Lisa Malaspina

    Seeking records about my father’s OSS mission in Northern Italy

    Lisa Malaspina Wayfarer

      I am interested in any info on my father’s mission in Northern Italy. He was in the OSS, on a mission with Roderick Hall in Northern Italy, to destroy the Brenner passageway. 1945. Mr. Hall was captured, tortured and killed. Would appreciate any info on this. My father was US born but raised in Italy, so was chosen for his language skills and knowledge of the Italian mountains. Prior to this he was in Algiers training with Mr. Hall’s company.

        • Re: Seeking records about my father’s OSS mission in Northern Italy
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Lisa,

           

          What is your fathers name they have records/files on OSS members.

            • Re: Seeking records about my father’s OSS mission in Northern Italy
              Lisa Malaspina Wayfarer

              Hi, thanks for responding. His name was Victor Malaspina. I was able to get his folder from the National Archives. (OSS Society helpful for his rank, serial number, etc) Folder contained his initial draft info and how he was assigned to OSS. I’m wondering if there is anyone out there who knows specifics about the mission. He got a bronze star for saving his commanding officer after an injury in the Dolomites at end of mission. Any more info appreciated.

                • Re: Seeking records about my father’s OSS mission in Northern Italy
                  Elliot Schneider Ranger

                  Lisa,

                   

                  Records you are seeking maybe found in RG 226 Office of Strategic Services. under the following units if he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal (BSM) they maybe in the unit HQ General Orders you would need to know at least the month and year the ward was given or the GO# which is usually listed on the WDAGO Discharge unless this award was awarded posthumously it may not be on his record because it was given after service award.

                   

                  2671st BattalionCompany A, Italian Operations
                  2671st BattalionCompany B, French Operations
                  2671st BattalionCompany C, Balkan Operations
                  2671st BattalionCompany D, attached to 2677th Regiment
                  2677th RegimentCompany A, OG Operations
                  2677th RegimentCompany B, French Operations
                  2677th RegimentCompany C, Balkan Operations
                  2677th RegimentCompany D, Italian Operations

                   

                  I have been doing some searching and looks like your father was apart of the 2677th OSS Regiment which was a parachute regiment that was attached to the 5th Army.

                   

                  Here is some additional information please follow the links. https://www.soc.mil/OSS/operational-groups.html

                  http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Allied%20Supplies%20for%20Italian%20Partisans%20during%20World%20War%20II.pdf

                   

                  On May 14, 1943, the OSS Italian Operational Group - “Donovan’s Devils” - was activated as Company A, 2677th Regiment, OSS. They trained at Congressional Country Club and were the predecessor to HQ, U.S. Army Special Operations Command-USASOC and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

                   

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                  In February 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe, agreed to allow the OSS?s Special Operations staff to employ four to eight commando cells to organize and assist guerrilla forces in Italy and southern France. During the fall of 1943, these newly arrived operational groups began to look for offshore islands on which to establish bases for raids against the German-held northern coastline. After the Italian surrender, an OSS unit joined a French expeditionary force to take the island of Corsica. The German garrison was already withdrawing to the mainland, so the OSS groups established advance bases on Corsica as well as the nearby islands of Gorgona and Caprais. At Corsica, they were only 35 miles from the Italian coast.

                   

                  From their new bases, the OSS operational groups conducted raids against German communications lines along the Italian coast in an attempt to divert enemy troops from the main front. The narrow, rocky coastal plains of the Italian peninsula were crossed by numerous roads and railways, which the Germans used as lines of supply. Night after night, small groups of OSS soldiers crawled ashore to attack the most vulnerable points and reconnoiter enemy installations.

                   

                  The 2677th Headquarters Company, Detachment C, (Unit A, First Contingent) was one of the special OSS units activated in April 1943. Commanded by Colonel Edward J. Glavin, they were stationed at Ile Rosse on Corsica.

                   

                   

                   

                    • Re: Seeking records about my father’s OSS mission in Northern Italy
                      Lisa Malaspina Wayfarer

                      Thank you so much for this, I will check out your info. I believe he did his parachute training in Algeria although he would never speak about it. Any info I have came from me digging or his brother. When he died, I wanted to put an obituary in my local paper and needed Army info. My uncle told me he was in Northern Italy, Dolomites and North Africa. I thought he was confused with the Africa story because I just figured that was a totally different mission, not realizing Algeria had training there. Subsequently I read Roderick Hall had requested him there. OK thank you again...

                • Re: Seeking records about my father’s OSS mission in Northern Italy
                  Rachael Salyer Tracker

                  Dear Ms. Malaspina,

                   

                  Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                   

                  If you have not done so already, we suggest that you also request a copy of Victor Malaspina's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 and  for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

                   

                  We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related to an individual named Malaspina, Victor. If this individual is your father, you may use the information in this file and the information in his OSS personnel file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

                   

                  Using the personal name index (that is not available online) to the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226), we located two references for Victor Malaspina in the series Central Files, 1941-1946. One file is located in Entry 92, box 362, folder 27, and the other is located in Entry 92A, box 84, folder 1664. We located three references for Roderick Hall in the personal name index. These files are located in the Central Files, 1941-1946 in Entry 92A, box 99, folder 2063; in the Caserta Personalities Files, 1943-1945 in Entry 126, box 7, folder 67; and in the Washington Office Files, 1941-1949 in Entry 146A, box 7, folder 186. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these records.

                   

                  In addition, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located 1 series and 2 file units related to Brenner Pass in Record Group 226. Next, we located numerous records related to Brenner Pass in various record groups that might be of interest to you. Some of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog. Please contact RDT2 for more information about the non-digitized records.

                   

                  Since you already have a copy of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) personnel file for Victor Malaspina, you may wish to request the OSS personnel file for Roderick Hall as well since your father served with him. Please contact RDT2 for more information.

                   

                  Finally, we located multiple photographs related to Brenner Pass in various record groups, as well. Several of the images have been digitized and may be viewed using the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov for assistance with the non-digitized images.

                   

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                  We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!