ARLINGTON, Va. – A woman who was an American spy in post-World War II Poland is posthumously receiving the Legion of Merit, 70 years after her nomination.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, announced Thursday that the Army will confer the award on Stephanie Rader of Alexandria, who died in January at age 100.
While the award is seven decades late, it comes in time for Rader’s scheduled burial June 1 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Rader, from Poughkeepsie, New York, was the daughter of Polish immigrants and served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Her Polish fluency caught the attention of the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the CIA.
She was recommended for the award in 1946 for her intelligence on Soviet troop movements in Poland, but her nomination was never acted upon.