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||Virginia (Hall) Goillot is buried in Druid Ridge Cemetery which has been surveyed by the Maryland Cemeteries sub-project.|
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She attended Roland Park Country School and then the prestigious Radcliffe College and Barnard College (Columbia University), where she studied French, Italian and German. She wanted to finish her studies in Europe so with help from her parents, she traveled the continent and studied in France, Germany, Austria and Poland. 
Virginia Hall served as a Consular Service clerk at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland in 1931. In 1932, Virginia accidentally shot herself in the left leg while hunting in Turkey. The leg was later amputated from the knee down, and replaced with a wooden appendage which caused her to later resign from the Department of State in 1939.
The onset of World War II found Hall in Paris. She joined the Ambulance Service before the fall of France and ended up in Vichy-controlled territory when the fighting stopped in the summer of 1940. When the Germans suddenly seized all of France in November 1942, Hall barely escaped to Spain.
August 1941, Hall made her way to London and volunteered for Britain's newly formed Special Operations Executive (SOE), which sent her back to Vichy, France.  She spent the next 15 months there, helping to coordinate the activities of the French Underground in Vichy and the occupied zone of France. At the time she had the cover of a correspondent for the New York Post.
In July 1943 she was quietly made an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Then in September 1945 Virignia received the Distinguished Service Cross from General Donovan (Chief of SSO) for her service in Special Operations, (SSO) the only one awarded to a civilian woman in World War II 
In 1950, Hall married OSS agent Paul Goillot. In 1951, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency working as an intelligence analyst on French parliamentary affairs. She worked alongside her husband as part of the Special Activities Division.
Hall retired in 1966 to a farm in Barnesville, Maryland.
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