Elizabeth Peet McIntosh
(March 1, 1915–June 8, 2015)
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Hawaii, Elizabeth "Betty" Peet McIntosh (b. March 1, 1915) was working as a correspondent for the Scripps Howard news service near Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the naval base on December 7, 1941. After the United States entered World War II, she returned to Washington, where she covered Eleanor Roosevelt and government activities. Fluent in Japanese, McIntosh was recruited in January 1943 to join the Office of Strategic Services, the country's wartime intelligence agency whose ranks included actress Marlene Dietrich and chef Julia Child. Operating in Burma, China, and India, McIntosh was one of the few women assigned to Morale Operations, where she helped produce false news reports, postcards, documents, and radio messages designed to spread disinformation that would undermine Japanese morale.
READ an interview with Elizabeth McIntosh. Library of Congress’s Veteran’s History Project. Undated interview transcript with Elizabeth P. McIntosh.
READ an interview with Elizabeth McIntosh. Library of Congress’s Veteran’s History Project. 2002 interview transcript with McIntosh and her husband, Fred.
WATCH a February 29, 2012 interview with Elizabeth McIntosh