Djordje Vujnovic, 95, a veteran of the Office of Strategic Services, the U.S. intelligence service which preceded the CIA, has after many years been presented
with the Bronze Star.
The following is from the Blic Online website:
The USA Government has finally decorated leader of saving operation of more than 500 members of American pilots whose bombers were downed by the Nazis above occupied Serbia. Djorjde Vujnovic (95) was given decoration as leader of the ‘Halyard’ mission carried out in then Yugoslavia in 1944.
Vujnovic was given the medal with bronze star 66 years after completion of the mission by Congressman Joseph Crowley in the Orthodox St. Sava Church at Manhattan on October 17. The pensioned trader living in Queens in New York said ‘Better ever than never’.