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World War II intelligence officer, gets congressional medal

DERRY, N. H. – A 98-year-old Army veteran who behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany during the second world War and is the highest congressional honor.

Captain Martin Gelb of Derry was part of the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in England, France and Germany on missions that included support for AMERICAN and British operations during the D-Day invasion and to help in the liberation of the concentration camp Buchenwald.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented Gelb with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal on Monday in Derry. They said only about 100 of Gelb’s fellow officers are still alive and called him a true American hero.

Gelb, he says, overwhelmed by the attention, which he incredibly.

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