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.
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