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George Vujnovich honored with New York City Council Proclamation - November 17, 2010


New York City Council

November 17, 2010

WHEREAS: Each year, the Council of the City of New York observes Veterans Day to pay tribute to the brave men and women from all walks of life who have answered the call to serve our nation and defend the ideals we hold so dear. The selfless service, profound sacrifices and unwavering dedication to duty exemplified by our troops have protected the fundamental rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and advanced democracy around the world. On this occasion, it is a great privilege to recognize one of our country’s most heroic veterans of World War II: Captain (Ret.) George M. Vujnovich; and

WHEREAS: In 1944, Captain Vujnovich served with the United States Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the CIA. While attempting to destroy Nazi Germany’s most important oil pipeline in occupied Eastern Europe, 512 airmen were downed, trapped, and in dire straits. As a result, Captain Vujnovich was called upon to plan and execute the largest air rescue in history for American soldiers behind enemy lines. Under his leadership, a secret airstrip was created inside a corn field to allow cargo planes to land and rescue Americans. The entire rescue operation—known as Operation Halyard—took place without a single casualty; and

WHEREAS: After World War II, Captain Vujnovich became a salesman in Queens while his courageous mission was kept hidden and out of our history books due to geopolitical reasons, Operation Halyard remained secret until the records were declassified in 1997; and

WHEREAS: On October 17, 2010—sixty-six years after his triumphant rescue operation—Captain Vujnovich was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the prestigious military honor of decoration awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service; and

WHEREAS: Captain Vujnovich’s recognition as a true American hero is long overdue. The Bronze Star Medal bestowed upon him reflects not only the credit he is due, but what he and all of our veterans have been promised and have earned: our deepest respect and our eternal gratitude; now, therefore

BE IT KNOWN: That the Council of the City of New York gratefully honors


George Vujnovich (center) honored by NYC council
November 17, 2010
Photo by William Alatriste

NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm Honors WWII Hero
 George Vujnovich November 17, 2010
 Photo by William Alatriste of the NYC Council

Council Member Daniel Dromm Honors WWII Hero
George Vujnovich
During Ceremony November 17, 2010
Photo by William Alatriste of the New York City Council

Speaker Quinn Congratulates WWII Hero George Vujnovich 
for his service to our country.
Photo by William Alatriste of the New York City Council
November 17, 2010

Left to right: Nenad Milinkovic,
NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm,
and George Vujnovich
November 17, 2010
Photo courtesy of Nenad Milinkovic


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