Intelligence Star of Valor

Admiral Stansfield Turner, then Director of Central Intelligence presented the award to Tony Mendez for his role in rescuing the diplomats.

I told my director if I’m going to get the Star, I wanna buy a new suit. He said, "There isn’t time for that.”  So then I asked, “Well, I’d like to invite my family to the ceremony?" And he responded, "No, it's a secret." And that was it. They gave me the award and immediately took it back." - Tony Mendez