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Local woman became international spy, friend of Gandhi

By Beccy Tanner

Wichita Eagle

Joan Bondurant grew up in Great Bend.
Her childhood was far from exceptional. Her father was the owner of a hardware store. Her mother was a voracious reader. She loved music and envisioned herself as one day becoming a music critic.
Instead, she became an international spy. She was a member of the Office of Strategic Services, of which other members included the likes of Julia Child and Marlene Dietrich during World War II. The OSS was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency.
Bondurant became fluent in Japanese, transcribing messages and documents for the ...


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