Posted on 01/11/2016

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Julia Child.

Julia Child.
Julia Child is shown relaxing in the OSS women's quarters in Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in 1944.

Julia McWilliams Child would gain fame as a chef and t.v. personality, but she performed far different duties during WWII.

When the war began, she wanted to join the WACS or Waves, but was rejected due to her height of 6’2″. Instead, Julia became part of the OSS (forerunner of the CIA) and as one of her projects, she helped to develop a shark repellent for downed pilots and crews.

Later on, she supervised an OSS facility in China where she dealt with top-secret documents and in Ceylon. Her life as a WWII agent was documented in the book, A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS.

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