S. Dillon Ripley in Ceylon during WWII

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Image of S. Dillon Ripley (second in on the left) and four other men in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, circa 1944. They are sitting at a table. The image is a part of the papers of S. Dillon Ripley, Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist. Ripley served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Office of Strategic Services


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The man sitting at far left may be Paul Cushing Child, who was in the OSS in Ceylon with Ripley.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 007008, Box 10, Folder: OSS Photographs Undated

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1944

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  • WW II
  • Animals
  • Secretaries
  • Birds
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Ornithologists


  • Kandy
  • Sri Lanka
  • Central Province


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 2.482w x 2.282h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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