One Marine assigned to covert activities in Europe with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was Capt Peter J. Ortiz, who was twice decorated with the Navy Cross. Here he receives his first Navy Cross from Admiral Harold R. Stark in London

Incredible Saga of OSS Col. Peter Ortiz in World War II

Approximately 80 officers and 200 enlisted men from the Marine Corps served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. In that group was one of the most decorated Marines in World War II and the most decorated member of the OSS, Col. Pierre “Peter” Julien Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, whose …

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