| Rafael D. Hirtz
|World War II, 1939-1946
Army Signal Corp; Operational Forces, Office of Strategic Services (OSS)
European Theater; North Africa; China
With his privileged upbringing - he was born to a wealthy French family, educated by private tutors, and grew up as a teenager around 1930s Hollywood-- Rafael Hirtz might have found a way to coast through World War II. Instead, he volunteered for the fledgling Office of Strategic Services, even after he was told that field operatives had only a fifty percent chance of survival. Hirtz worked on three intelligence missions abroad, using his ability to speak fluent French in service to his adopted country.