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Peter Ortiz | actor - Joined French Foreign Legion for 5 yrs service. Awarded Croix de Guerre twice. Re-enlisted, wounded & imprisoned by Germans, escaped & went to US. Joined Marines & commissioned 2nd Lt., then Captain. Conducted reconnaissance for OSS, wounded by German patrol. Became member of OSS. Twice parachuted into German occupied France on missions, 2nd time taken prisoner of war, til end of war. Rose to rank of colonel. Was most highly decorated OSS member.

Peter Ortiz | actor - Joined French Foreign Legion for 5 yrs service. Awarded Croix de Guerre twice. Re-enlisted, wounded & imprisoned by Germans, escaped & went to US. Joined Marines & commissioned 2nd Lt., then Captain. Conducted reconnaissance for OSS, wounded by German patrol. Became member of OSS. Twice parachuted into German occupied France on missions, 2nd time taken prisoner of war, til end of war. Rose to rank of colonel. Was most highly decorated OSS member.

11 Apr 1968, Near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam -- Medics treat wounded South Vietnamese airborne troops, as they wait to be evacuated from atop Hill 552 during Operation Pegasus. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

11 Apr 1968, Near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam -- Medics treat wounded South Vietnamese airborne troops, as they wait to be evacuated from atop Hill 552 during Operation Pegasus. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Charles Fréger / légionnaires serie , 2000-01 - a French Foreign Legion Sappeur.

Charles Fréger / légionnaires serie , 2000-01 - a French Foreign Legion Sappeur.

1954: Last days of French war in Indochina (Mostly in Vietnam) Photography by (Hungarian born) Robert Capa

1954: Last days of French war in Indochina (Mostly in Vietnam) Photography by (Hungarian born) Robert Capa

French Foreign Legion: The regimental commander surrounded by 4 Legionnaires that have received the Legion of Honour.

French Foreign Legion: The regimental commander surrounded by 4 Legionnaires that have received the Legion of Honour.

Beirut, Lebanon, 11/1941, Polish Jews in the Uniform of the French Foreign Legion.

Beirut, Lebanon, 11/1941, Polish Jews in the Uniform of the French Foreign Legion.

CODE D'HONNEUR DE LA LÉGION ÉTRANGÈRE............CODE OF HONOR LEGIONARY............

CODE D'HONNEUR DE LA LÉGION ÉTRANGÈRE............CODE OF HONOR LEGIONARY............