Another long overdue gong

95-year-old NYC man gets medal for WWII rescue

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. government has recognized the World War II architect of a mission to rescue more than 500 U.S. bomber crew members shot down over Nazi-occupied Serbia.

It was the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines in any war.

George Vujnovich (VOOY'-noh-veech) - then a captain in the OSS - is credited with leading the so-called Halyard Mission in what was then Yugoslavia.

The 95-year-old New York City man was awarded the Bronze Star in a ceremony Sunday at Manhattan's St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. He received a standing ovation from a crowd of several hundred.

He's long retired from his job as a salesman of aircraft parts.

Vujnovich says of the honor, "better now than never" — but he regrets most of the men on his wartime mission are no longer alive.

[Sodding government! It took a hundred years for the Medal of Honor to come through for Teddy Roosevelt for his action in The Spanish-American War and in the same ceremony, anothe MoH to an artillery captain for his actions . . . in The Civil War. I would guess medals for paperpushers speed right through the system.]
Still nice that the old gentleman got it. Part of the problem might be that he was OSS (bit like SOE in the UK). Could the information have been set aside as it was highly classified and then forgotten.

Whatever the cause, congratulations to Captain Vujnovich.

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