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

October 18, 2010 02:59

NEW YORK — The US government has recognized the World War II architect of a mission to rescue more than 500 US bomber fliers shot down over Nazi-occupied Serbia — the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines in any war.

George Vujnovich, a 95-year-old New Yorker, is credited with leading the so-called Halyard Mission in what was then Yugoslavia.On Sunday, he was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal, presented by Rep. Joseph Crowley, at Manhattan's St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Vujnovich received a standing ovation from a crowd of several hundred church members, supporters, friends and officials.

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