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

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    from 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) 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.
     
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    Good for him!

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    Its about time. :salute:
     
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