Edward Geary Lansdale
A son of Michigan, Ed Lansdale was born in 1908 and later raised in Los Angeles, California.He was one of four sons born to Sarah and Henry Lansdale.After graduating from high school, he worked his way through the University of California (Los Angeles) by writing articles for newspapers and magazines.He later began work in advertising in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
At the start of World War II, Lansdale joined the U. S. Army Air Corps, where he was subsequently classified as an intelligence officer and seconded to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).Lansdale’s OSS assignment eventually took him to the Philippine Islands, but the timing and duration of this assignment are unknown.During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Fertig led the primary resistance movement — but it may be true that Lansdale and the OSS played a role…
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