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American WWII Veteran Saved by Serbs Snubbed by Senator John McCain
Tuscon Citizen | November 9, 1992 | Richard L. Felman

Posted on 02/09/2008 8:06:54 AM PST by Ravnagora

NOTE - Major Richard Felman had many stories to tell about his experiences during his 50 year effort to inspire official recognition of the heroic contributions made by General Mihailovich and his Serbs to the Allied cause during World War II. Of the many that he conveyed to me personally over the years, his experience with Senator John McCain, who was his senator, was among those that left him the most disappointed. I know that if Richard Felman were alive today, he would be reminding John McCain of their meeting below. Aleksandra Rebic

Truth About World War II MIAs Still Covered Up

Tucson Citizen, November 9, 1992 By Richard L. Felman

TUCSON, AZ. The recent glut of news stories proclaiming our government's all-out effort to get at the truth about missing servicemen in Vietnam in reality was nothing more than election-time grandstanding.

It brings to mind the political maneuvering behind the scenes that I personally experienced in another MIA situation. As a group of former MIAs, we have had 47 years of firsthand exposure to the depths to which our State Department will sink to withhold the truth about MIAs from Congress and the American people if it will interfere with its foreign policy of appeasement.

During World War II, I was one of more than 500 American airmen listed as missing in action for periods of up to 18 months after being shot down over German-occupied Yugoslavia.

Only through the courageous efforts of General Draza Mihailovich's anti-communist guerrilla forces were we able to avoid capture, be gathered up at a central point and air-evacuated to safety at our bases in Italy.

To this day, the "Halyard Operation" remains the largest one-time rescue of Americans from behind enemy lines in our nation's history. For political reasons, it has been covered up by our State Department.

During a recent visit to the archives at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, authorities at the highest level told me they could not believe there had been no record of such an historic rescue in their files.

Since the end of World War II, our group has petitioned Congress to allow us to publicly express our gratitude to those on foreign soil responsible for saving our lives while we were serving in defense of our country. Unfortunately, we have been fought every step of the way by the State Department's fear that the truth would offend the postwar communist government of Yugoslavia.

Even though that government no longer exists, the State Department continues to this very day to vigorously oppose the bills we now have before Congress, which have the support of the 8 million members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Air Force Association.

At the local level, we have been supported by the Arizona State Legislature, the Arizona American Legion, the Tucson Veterans Affairs Committee, former Sen. Barry Goldwater, former U.S. Rep. Mo Udall, and former Gov. Rose Mofford.

The political ramifications of this deception have been so far-reaching that our recent appeal to Dante B. Fascell, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, parroted the standard State Department denial together with the following explanation: "What is at stake concerns not simply the sensitivity and opposition of the official Yugoslav government, but also several ethnic groups in Yugoslavia as well."

It sets a terribly frightening precedent when the legitimate requests of American citizens on an internal matter are opposed by the U.S. government on the basis that it might upset some foreign government and its ethnic groups.

Worthy of mention is some background of our ongoing struggle. In 1977, the U.S. Senate passed legislation granting our committee permission to erect a simple memorial in Washington to be financed with private funds. Nine days after the bill passed, the American ambassador to Yugoslavia, Lawrence S. Eagleburger, fired off his protest conveying the Yugoslavian government's "extreme distaste for the Senate move."

In a strongly worded recommendation against "further action," his letter stated: "Passage by the House of this legislation would have an extremely adverse impact on our bilateral relations with Yugoslavia. Rightly or wrongly, the Yugoslavs look upon the bill as a provocation and would react to its passage accordingly."

This stand has been the etched-in-stone policy of the State Department ever since and the reason why our bills have never gotten out of the House committee.

It should be noted that after serving as Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Eagleburger left the State Department and earned more than $900,000 a year as a director of a Yugoslav bank later convicted of money laundering and as a director on the board at Yugo Cars. After Yugo Cars went broke, Eagleburger returned to the State Department, replaced James Baker, and is now acting Secretary of State.

My hopes for finally uncovering the truth were raised when we elected U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., to represent us. I felt he could identify with what it meant to be rescued, since he was shot down in enemy territory and endured five years of torture in Vietnam.

It took me almost seven years to get an appointment with him. While expressing sympathy for our effort, McCain told me he could do nothing. Instead of calling for the investigation I requested of our serious charges - withholding the truth from members of Congress and using taxpayer funds to disseminate communist propaganda are federal offenses – he told me the only way to get at the truth would be for me to write the 435 members of the house of Representatives and get a majority of them to support our effort.

I thought the reason the people of Arizona elected politicians was to represent them in Washington.

At this point, our disillusioned group of aging veterans has given up trying to repay our nation's debt of honor to those on foreign soil who saved American lives. After risking our lives and watching our buddies in combat get their arms, legs and heads blown off, we returned home to find an uncaring bloated bureaucracy that treated our service to country with contemptuous disregard.

After 47 years of disappointments our noble effort has failed. How can we expect the government to level with the American people about the MIAs in Vietnam, when they are still covering up the truth about the MIAs from World War II?

- - - - - - - - - - Richard L. Felman of Tucson, now deceased, was a retired Air Force major and president of the "National Committee of American Airmen Rescued by General Mihailovich."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mccain; mihailovich; serbs; snub

1 posted on 02/09/2008 8:06:56 AM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora
It took me almost seven years to get an appointment with him. While expressing sympathy for our effort, McCain told me he could do nothing. Instead of calling for the investigation I requested of our serious charges - withholding the truth from members of Congress and using taxpayer funds to disseminate communist propaganda are federal offenses – he told me the only way to get at the truth would be for me to write the 435 members of the house of Representatives and get a majority of them to support our effort.

Behold the very treatment that McCain will give every other non-liberal citizen as well...unless they are championed by Chappaquiddick Teddy, Russ Feingold, or Joe Lieberman of course. The rest of us will simply be handed our walking papers and told to put some ice on it.

2 posted on 02/09/2008 8:16:17 AM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Digital Sniper

King John only cares about the nobles who will make large contributios to his royal stash.


3 posted on 02/09/2008 8:24:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: Ravnagora

Is anyone, anyone at surprised by this?


4 posted on 02/09/2008 8:25:53 AM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: svcw

I think that all those who view him as a “Hero” and noble spokesman for MIAs would be surprised by this. Others are not.


5 posted on 02/09/2008 8:31:15 AM PST by Ravnagora
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To: svcw
Is anyone, anyone at surprised by this?

Obviously Communist Yugoslavia, Vietnam and Mexico carry more weight with Juan than war veterans do.

6 posted on 02/09/2008 8:32:14 AM PST by TADSLOS (Estoy Juan McCain y apruebo este mensaje!)
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To: Ravnagora

John McCain is a fraud - plain and simple - a fraud.


7 posted on 02/09/2008 8:32:49 AM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: TADSLOS
Obviously Communist Yugoslavia, Vietnam and Mexico carry more weight with Juan than war veterans or any other Americans do.

Added to your most accurate observation.

8 posted on 02/09/2008 8:34:01 AM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Digital Sniper

The McCain supporters who scream “Think about the soldiers” need to do some thinking of their own.

Think about how the soldier feels when he gets the call informing him that his wife or daughter has been raped and murdered by an illegal alien.

Think about the fact that islamderthals are moving into south and central America and likely haven’t failed to notice our wide open borders.

Think about the fact that John McCain doesn’t want to use tough interrogation methods that may just save the lives of soldiers in the field.

Think about the fact that our “friends” in china are supplying weapons to our enemies who in turn kill our soldiers.


9 posted on 02/09/2008 8:41:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: Ravnagora

Bump for later read.


10 posted on 02/09/2008 8:42:04 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Ravnagora

Is it really hard to accept that a public thank-you could be inflammatory and cause ethnic groups in Yugoslavia to be singled out for retribution? Where is the argument that this consideration is not valid?


11 posted on 02/09/2008 8:46:24 AM PST by Tax Government (Government-funded education, for the most part, is content to make morons of us all.)
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To: Ravnagora

Ping for later..


12 posted on 02/09/2008 8:50:11 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: Ravnagora
How can we expect the government to level with the American people about the MIAs in Vietnam, when they are still covering up the truth about the MIAs from World War II?

Turning his back on them as he "reached across the aisle" to embrace the "anti-war," pro-Ho activists of a generation ago -- who very likely kept him in prison much longer than would have been without their interference -- Senator McCain left to join his good buddy Senator Kerry as both left for the committee panel where both were scheduled to be hostile to the families of Americans still missing in Viet Nam. It was 1992.

the Senate committee on Nov. 11, 1992 . . . chaired by Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry

13 posted on 02/09/2008 9:05:20 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Ravnagora

14 posted on 02/09/2008 9:08:20 AM PST by radar101
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To: svcw
A letter from the late Arizonan and Navy vet William Cooper


Date: Thursday, 27 January 2000

http://www.williamcooper.net/index.htm [* link no longer active *]

Senator John S. McCain is The Manchurian Candidate

http://williamcooper.net/mccain.htm [* link no longer active *]

I knew Senator John McCain's father when Admiral John S. McCain Jr. was the Commander in Chief of the Pacific (CINCPAC). I sincerely believe that Admiral McCain, if he were alive, would tell you exactly what I am about to tell you. Admiral McCain always put his country first and foremost above all other issues.

The fact that Senator John McCain was shot down and captured over North Vietnam does not make him a hero. The goal of any pilot is to not get shot down. The fact that he was a Prisoner of War does not make him a hero. The goal of all military personnel is to not become a POW. The fact that he endured prison, torture, and brainwashing for all that time makes him a survival hero in my humble opinion. I am very happy that he survived and that he was able to return home.

However, Senator John McCain was tortured and brainwashed by the communists for over 5 years. Regardless of what you may have been told, or what you may believe, no one, not anyone on this earth can withstand torture and brainwashing without breaking down, giving up information, and permanent damage to the mind... usually to traditional belief systems and thought processes in the areas of religion, philosophy, and politics.

By his own admission Senator John McCain, while a POW, traded information for special medical treatment which no other POW received. He made public statements while a POW detrimental to the United States Navy and the United States of America.

Many brainwashing victims become fractured personalities programmed to perform some task or tasks in the future. Their programming can be activated by audio, visual, or other types of stimulation. These are facts not conjecture. Anyone can confirm these facts with a little research.

Remember, what is known about torture and brainwashing is old information, and it is terrifying. I have no access to what is still kept secret. I have no knowledge of what can be done to a victim using the state of the art techniques which are held in the strictest secrecy by all nations.

I doubt that Senator McCain knows the extent of the damage done to his mind... and according to all the studies and facts available concerning torture and brainwashing he could not have anything other than a damaged mind. The movie may have been fiction... but Senator John McCain is without any doubt the real Manchurian Candidate.

When I look at his voting record in the United States Senate I do not see a conservative Republican. I see a record that reveals a closet socialist, a proponent of the New World Order.

Love him if you must, honor him if you can, respect him in his office, but don't ever vote for him again. It was a mistake to put him in the Senate. It would be a much bigger mistake to put a man who has been tortured and brainwashed by communist mind control experts for over 5 years in the White House.

William Cooper

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15 posted on 02/09/2008 9:10:00 AM PST by Poincare (Hope is nostalgia for the future.)
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To: radar101

A Mexican Napoleon, I presume?

I find this photo quite ironic since the most memorable comment I heard on Super Tuesday, made by an American citizen who for the first time in decades did NOT vote in the primary because they were disenchanted with the Republican choices, was that they didn’t want Napoleon to be President of the United States.


16 posted on 02/09/2008 9:28:37 AM PST by Ravnagora
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

To get a thorough background on Senator McCain’s true colors as they relate to the Southeast Asian POW/MIA situation read “An Enormous Crime, The Definitive Account of American POW’s Abandoned In Southeast Asia” by US Rep. Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart. Kerry and McCain came together to pound the final nail in the coffins of those WE left behind. It is disgusting and despicable what these two ‘honorable’ leaders did to our warriors left behind.


17 posted on 02/09/2008 9:32:39 AM PST by The FIGHTIN Illini (No Amnesty For Lawbreakers!)
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To: Tax Government

The Croatians, Albanians and Bosnians were on the side of the Nazis think of the Great Stainamkers little adventure into the former Yugoslavia as us finishing Hitlers Work.


18 posted on 02/09/2008 9:32:48 AM PST by peter the great
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To: Poincare
Very good information, thanks

It reminds me of John Black on Days and the programming of his mind by Stefano Dimera.

19 posted on 02/09/2008 11:09:49 AM PST by Syncro
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To: The FIGHTIN Illini

Thank you for the information!


20 posted on 02/09/2008 11:42:39 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

You’re welcome, but be prepared to have your stress calming medication readily at hand as the book will have your blood pressure at the boiling point. You will be left with an unshakable shame to the core of your being when thinking about the layers upon layers of fallout from the Vietnam ‘experience’ we have all endured by abandoning our allies and countrymen. We MUST not allow that to happen again in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Never forget the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made for US.


21 posted on 02/09/2008 12:19:44 PM PST by The FIGHTIN Illini (Beware of all things Manchurian)
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To: Tax Government
It was a great question that you asked, and it really got me thinking. I am afraid that this argument may be valid. When you consider that you Muslims from Albania and Bosnia who sided with Hitler during WWII and also the Croatians were on Hitlers side during WWII factor in the cold war and Communism and the temperament and passion of the people you could easily see that a public thank you might present a problem. This is very sad state of Affairs when you consider where suppressing the truth actually got the Serbs meaning it led in part to the Kosovo tragedy
22 posted on 02/09/2008 1:56:15 PM PST by peter the great
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