2013 Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Recipient: Antonio J. Mendez

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During his 25 years at the CIA, Mendez specialized in forging documents, creating disguises and new identities for undercover operatives. He participated in some of the most harrowing Cold War spy and human intelligence operations, helped bring cooperating foreign agents out from behind the Iron Curtain and rescued Americans trapped in Tehran as portrayed in the Hollywood thriller Argo.