95-year-old NYC Man Gets Medal for WWII Rescue

By: AP
By: AP

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

George Vujnovich 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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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