"OAKLAND - They were American soldiers who volunteered for some of the most hazardous duty in World War II, serving behind enemy lines where falling into Nazi hands could mean torture and execution.
But they also were sons of immigrants whose knowledge of European culture and languages made them ideal for the Office of Strategic Services, the U.S. intelligence agency that coordinated espionage and other activities behind the lines.
"We heard that there was a unit being formed of Greek-American volunteers," said Andrew Mousalimas, 87. "My parents were from Greece, and my friends and I had grown up in the Greek community in Oakland. We wanted to be part of it. We also wanted to stay together.""