CIA’s Longest Serving Operative Dies at 94
By: Todd Beamon
Hugh Montgomery, a former United Nations deputy ambassador who was the longest serving Central Intelligence Agency official for more than six decades, died last week in McLean, Va. He was 94.
Montgomery, who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and darted across German lines with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, joined the CIA four years after its founding in September 1947. The OSS was the predecessor to the post-war CIA.
Ambassador Montgomery retired in 2014, at age 90 and after 63 years with the agency.
“He really was the last link to the OSS and the very beginning of the American intelligence capability,” former CIA director Leon Panetta said. “He was every bit a symbol of the kind of officer that we were proud to have in the CIA.”
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