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  • "The Chetniks"

    11/25/2009 7:23:42 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 688+ views ^ | November 2009 | Carl Savich
    Aleksandra's Note: The following is a terrific book review and commentary on George Sava's "The Chetniks" by Carl Savich, who captures the true spirit of what this story conveys. To all the old Chetniks, the true blue freedom fighters who continue to carry the Chetnik spirit in their hearts and have passed it along to their children and grandchildren who look upon them as real heroes, I extend best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving 2009. Those of us who came after you, and who have had the privilege to meet you and know you, will be forever grateful that you...
  • Remembering Major Richard Felman, USAF, a Tireless Warrior

    11/10/2009 5:42:28 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 401+ views
    November 1999-2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    A Tribute to Major Richard L. Felman, of the United States Air Force, for the 10th Anniversary of his passing in honor of Veterans Day, 2009 Major Richard L. Felman U.S.A.F. May 29, 1921 - November 13, 1999 Major Felman, kneeling and saluting, as the wreath is laid at the eternal flame in Daley Plaza, Chicago, for the 50th Anniversary commemoration of "Operation Halyard", May 1994. Photo by A. Rebic. He never stopped. It became his mission in life. For 55 years, over half of the 20th Century, Major Richard L. Felman of the United States Air Force worked ceaselessly...
  • Mansfield, first American Officer with Mihailovich, testifies before Commission of Inquiry

    10/26/2009 3:10:53 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 375+ views ^ | March 8, 2009 | Commission of Inquiry // Committee for a Fair Trial for Mihailovich
    Testimony of Captain Walter R. Mansfield, first American Liaison Officer with General Mihailovich, before the Commission of Inquiry Captain Walter R. Mansfield, U.S. General Draza Mihailovich 1943 MR. KIENDL TO CAPTAIN MANSFIELD: You never saw any evidence of collaboration all the time you were there? CAPTAIN MANSFIELD: I never saw any evidence of collaboration between Mihailovich personally and the Germans. Q: Did you ever hear any reports from any Americans to the effect that there was such collaboration between Mihailovich and the Germans? A: I have only heard reports to the contrary, that there was none. From the first day's...
  • The Legacy of the Kragujevac Massacre

    10/23/2009 9:46:44 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 474+ views ^ | October 23, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Following the successful organized uprising, the first of its kind in occupied Europe, by the Serbian resistance forces under the command of Serbia’s General Draza Mihailovich that not only threatened Germany’s southern flank in Europe and her occupation of Serbia after Yugoslavia fell to Hitler in April of 1941, but critically delayed Hitler’s planned attack on the Soviet Union that summer, the Germans retaliated. But it wasn’t in the usual way, man to man, soldier to soldier. The method of Nazi retaliation initiated against the Serbs was unprecedented, and the target was the civilian population. Hitler’s aim was to suppress...
  • Senator George Voinovich publicly recognizes the Halyard Mission

    10/17/2009 4:10:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 418+ views ^ | October 16, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    NOTE: In an era when it's still "politically incorrect" to recognize the valuable contributions and legacy of the Serbs, most politicians still don't have the guts to support any cause or action that reflects "positively" on Serbia or the Serbians. Senator George Voinovich, Republican of Ohio, is one of the rare ones who is not concerned about "political correctness" in such matters, and for that he should be applauded. Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich has sent out congratulatory letters to the winners of "The Forgotten 500 Book Report Contest 2009" and Vasilije "Vaso" Katanic has graciously shared his letter on...
  • Forgotten WWII vets to get their due

    10/10/2009 6:01:20 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 577+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | October 9, 2009 | Meghan Gilbert-Cunningham
    Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian, 86Forgotten WWII vets to get their due at the University of Toledo Homecoming event to fete alumni heroes The Toledo Blade By MEGHAN GILBERT-CUNNINGHAM BLADE STAFF WRITER OCTOBER 9, 2009 Arthur Jibilian, ever young, at 86 in 2009 Photo: The Toledo Blade Art Jibilian has been an American hero since 1944, but until recently he's lived his life in northwest Ohio without any recognition. The University of Toledo alumnus is now getting the kudos he deserves and is drawing attention to a misrepresented part of World War II history. Mr. Jibilian, 86, born and raised in Toledo...
  • Eight Bailed Out

    09/23/2009 8:03:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 14 replies · 975+ views ^ | Sept. 5, 2009 | Carl Savich
    REVIEW BY CARL SAVICH EIGHT BAILED OUT By Major James M. Inks, U.S.A.F. Edited by Lawrence Klingman. Illustrations by S/Sgt. Morton D. Rosenfeld and M/Sgt. John H Schuffert. NY: W.W. Norton and Company, 1954. Reprint: NY: Popular Library, 1963. On July 28, 1944, eight members of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber bailed out over German-occupied Yugoslavia after the plane sustained damaged following a bombing mission on the Ploesti oil installations in Romania. The American crew landed by parachute behind enemy lines in German-occupied Montenegro where they were rescued by Serbian Chetnik guerrillas, who hid the downed airmen from German troops....
  • "Breakthrough in search for General Mihailovich's grave"

    09/03/2009 4:38:45 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 554+ views ^ | September 3, 2009 | FoNet / Vecernje Novosti
    BELGRADE -- The military intelligence services have submitted information to the State Commission that General Dragoljub Mihailovich is buried on Ada Ciganlija. According to the State Commission on Establishing the Truth about the Murder of Dragoljub Mihailovich, digging will shortly begin next to the gates of a former prison on Ada as part of the search for Mihailovich’s remains, writes daily Novosti. “This is the first time that a state body has submitted tangible knowledge of the execution and burial of General Mihailovich. The conditions have therefore been created to begin excavations at that location,“ one member of the commission...
  • SERBIA marks 65th Anniversary of Operation Halyard!

    08/22/2009 6:55:54 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 1,005+ views ^ | August 22, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic, Lt. Col. John Cappello, and RTS
    Plaque in Pranjani dedicated to the Halyard Mission on September 12, 2004. The plaque next to it reflects the same inscription in the Serbian language. Photo courtesy of OSS Halyard Mission radioman Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian Serb soldiers in front of the Halyard Mission monument first dedicated in September of 2004,in Pranjani, Serbia August 15, 2009. Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. John Cappello Ohio National Guard troops that are in Serbia doing work on schools in South Serbia. They are working with Serb soldiers, some of which are also in the photo. The older folks are those who participated in assisting...
  • Richard L. Felman USAF remembered as 'Operation Halyard' marks 65th Anniversary

    08/10/2009 6:59:04 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 14 replies · 401+ views ^ | August 10, 2009 | Major Richard L. Felman USAF
    MAJOR RICHARD L. FELMAN OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE HALYARD MISSION RESCUE OPERATION CHICAGO, ILLINOIS May 31, 1994 Transcription of Major Felman's Speech by Aleksandra Rebic ***** “Distinguished guests… Very Distinguished guests… Reverend Clergy… Fellow airmen who were with me when we were shot downover Yugoslavia in 1944 and Bracho i Sestre (Brothers and Sisters)… Before I say a single word, I must first express my everlasting gratitude to the City of Chicago and the Department of Defense today, for honoring the Halyard Mission. Until now, one of the most...
  • Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian wins more acclaim as 65th Anniversary of Operation Halyard nears

    08/08/2009 1:59:39 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 301+ views ^ | August 8, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    In all the time I've known Arthur Jibilian personally, there's been one thing he's insisted on from Day One. He has been adamant that any and all attention that might come from his efforts to have 'Operation Halyard' recognized in the annals of history as the great and heroic WWII feat that it was to be focused on General Draza Mihailovich and his Serbian Chetniks. For Arthur Jibilian it was about Mihailovich, never about Jibilian. Well, Arthur, my friend, I'm afraid I must disrespect your wishes. You are, bit by bit, day by day, receiving the acclaim that you so...
  • Day Two-The Conclusion of "The Forgotten 500 Reunion-Operation Halyard Remembered-Lest we Forget"

    07/21/2009 10:12:39 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 300+ views ^ | July 17, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    “To brighten the future, we must illuminate the past.”The operating principle of ‘Lest we Forget’ As I hit the road on Thursday, June 18th, to attend “Day Two” of the ‘Forgotten 500 Reunion’ at the Park Inn in St. Joseph, Michigan, I thought of the day before and was convinced it couldn’t get any better. But I was wrong. It could and it did. This would be the day I would finally have the opportunity to meet Greg Freeman, author of ‘The Forgotten 500’, with whom I’d been corresponding for two years. I’d also have the opportunity to see my...
  • In Memoriam: General Draza Mihailovich July 17th.

    07/17/2009 7:56:46 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 555+ views
    Today, Friday July 17, 2009, marks 63 years since the life of General Draza Mihailovich was taken.To date, there is still no gravesite.*****The Hero Whom You Gave to History Has Not His Like in Our Time“Twenty years after the death of Draza Mihailovich he is undimmed in his glory as a defender of liberty against the Fascist terror, who defended it also against the Communist terror. He had no moment of weakness, nor of bitterness. I know no instance where he reproached those who were guilty of his betrayal. Twenty years ago I knew he was innocent of all charges...
  • "Political Murder" / General Mihailovich didn't sacrifice Belgrade

    07/15/2009 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 237+ views ^ | July 19, 1946 | The Whitehall News
    Note: In commemoration of the anniversary week of General Draza Mihailovich's execution in 1946, I wanted to share articles from that time that most folks wouldn't have the opportunity to see. ______________________ The Whitehall News London July 19, 1946 POLITICAL MURDERGeneral Mihailovich is dead, shot by a firing squad in Belgrade. This political murder, carried out by Marshal Tito’s appointed judges, was committed on the national hero of Serbia and on the man, who, in 1941, brought Yugoslavia into the war on the Allied side. It is, therefore, one of the most revolting examples of abandonment by the Western Democracies...
  • Commanding Officer of the Halyard Mission, George Musulin, testifies before Commission of Inquiry

    07/12/2009 4:20:34 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 1,101+ views ^ | July 2009 | Commission of Inquiry
    On May 13, 1946, the Committee for a Fair Trial for General Mihailovich announced that a Commission of Inquiry had been established in New York for the purpose of taking testimonies of American officers and airmen whose request to be heard as witnesses at the trial of General Draza Mihailovich in Belgrade, Yugoslavia had been refused by the Tito government.The following is a transcript of Captain George S. Musulin’s testimony before the Commission of InquiryPROCEEDINGS ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1946 Committee for a Fair Trial for Draza Mihailovich Commission of Inquiry in the Matter of Depositions of American and Allied...
  • The Forgotten 500 Reunite as 'Operation Halyard' is honored / "Lest we Forget" June 2009

    07/04/2009 1:56:03 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 717+ views ^ | July 4, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Happy Fourth of July!May God Bless America.A.R. When the Will defies Fear, When Duty throws the gauntlet down to Fate, When Honor scorns to compromise with Death – That is Heroism. Robert Green Ingersoll______________________Part One of Two On the face of it, they appear to be ordinary old men, going about their daily business, happy to be alive. But they have a story to tell, each and every one of them. They’ll never tell you they weren’t scared. They won’t lie to you that way. They’ll never tell you that it was “nothing”. They were scared to death, and it...
  • "Undercover" // Review of the 1943 movie about the WWII Chetnik Resistance movement in Yugoslavia

    06/30/2009 5:57:47 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 800+ views ^ | June 2009 | Carl Savich
    "Undercover" (1943)"Underground Guerrillas" (U.S. 1944)On July 27, 1943, Ealing Studios in Great Britain released the movie Undercover on the guerrilla resistance movement in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia. Undercover was re-released by Columbia Pictures on September 14, 1944 in the United States under the title Underground Guerrillas. The movie was originally entitled Chetnik and was to document the Yugoslav Chetnik resistance movement headed by Draza Mihailovich. Because the movie was released when British support for Mihailovich was waning, however, the film was re-edited and references to Mihailovich and the Chetniks were deleted. The movie is invaluable, nevertheless, as a cinematic account of the...
  • Reporter wins Emmy Nomination for Halyard Mission story

    06/06/2009 3:47:55 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 666+ views
    WTOL 11 ^ | July 4, 2008 | Jennifer Boresz
    Ohio reporter Jennifer Boresz has just received word that she has been nominated for an Emmy award for her July 2008 human interest story on the American veterans rescued by Serbia's General Draza Mihailovich during the Halyard Mission rescue operation of 1944 in World War II. The following is the story issued in July of 2008 for which she has received her 2009 Emmy nomination. The link will provide a video slide show well worth looking at as we remember the anniversary of D-Day. ___________________ July 4, 2008 By Jennifer Boresz YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN (WTOL) - As we celebrate Independence Day,...
  • HALYARD MISSION Celebration remembered as world marks D-DAY

    06/06/2009 2:46:53 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 551+ views ^ | 1994/2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Fifteen years ago on May 31st, 1994, Serbs and Americans commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Halyard Mission rescue operation, a glorious moment in their common history as allies. As we mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day with so many of our American and Serbian WWII veterans that celebrated together that day in May of 1994 no longer with us, let's remember them, their heroism, and the historical milestone they shared... Aleksandra Rebic____________________________________ Americans and Serbs from all over the United States and Canada gathered together on May 31, 1994 in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 'Halyard...
  • Serbia seeks grave of WWII guerrilla leader Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic, slain by communists

    05/27/2009 7:43:06 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 1,056+ views ^ | April 27, 2009 | AP
    Photo of communist guard with gun and General Draza Mihailovich from the archives of the Military Museum in Belgrade. BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia's government has formed a special commission to try to locate the grave of a World War II guerrilla leader executed as a traitor by the Communists, officials said Monday. The location of Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic's grave has been unknown since postwar Communist authorities executed him in 1946 for collaboration with the Nazi occupiers. For decades, the issue has fueled divisions in Serbia, where many believe that Mihailovic was a hero who was killed for his loyalty to...
  • Serbian-American WWII Halyard Mission veteran honored in the U.S. Congressional Record 2009

    05/24/2009 9:28:24 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 638+ views
    U.S. Congressional Record ^ | March 16, 2009 | Joseph Crowley
    SPEECH OF HON. JOSEPH CROWLEY OF NEW YORK IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESMONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009 Mr. CROWLEY: Madam Speaker, I am joined by the co-chairs of the Congressional Serbian Caucus, Representatives Melissa Bean of Illinois and Dan Burton of Indiana, in honoring a treasured constituent of mine and one of the unsung heroes of World War II, retired Major George Vujnovich. Major Vujnovich, a proud Serbian-American, was instrumental in 'Operation Halyard' and one of the last surviving members of that successful wartime mission. In the summer of 1944, Americans and Allied airmen flew hundreds of sorties over Europe with...
  • New plans for honoring the 'Halyard Mission' heroes

    05/23/2009 11:00:48 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 1,112+ views
    Sewickley Herald ^ | May 21, 2009 | Rachel Weaver
    It was the best moment of Carl Walpusk's life. He was 19 years old, and the plane he was flying over Nazi-occupied Serbia had just been shot down. He jumped from the aircraft and pulled his parachute cord. Feeling the chute open, relief hit him. He realized he would make it. U.S. Airman Carl Walpusk and his wife Virginia. // Photo courtesy of Milana "Mim" Bizic "When you're that high up, you can't even tell you're moving," said Walpusk, now in his eighties. "But the last couple hundred feet, I tried to climb back up my chute." Despite his efforts,...
  • DEADLINE for entering "The Forgotten 500" (Halyard Mission Heroes) contest nears!

    05/09/2009 11:28:00 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 217+ views
    May 9, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    WORLD WIDE CELEBRATIONOF THE HALYARD MISSION HEROES!THE FORGOTTEN 500 BOOK REPORT CONTEST!Apart from the generous financial rewards kindly donated by various individuals as the prizes for the top three best book reports, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and the “Runner Up” reports that finish in the “Top Five” will be posted on my three websites on the internet dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Serbian heroes, among them General Draza Mihailovich, who was ultimately responsible for the success of the Halyard Mission Rescue Operation and the saving of the American airmen whose story shines in The Forgotten 500. The top five...
  • "Draza Mihailovich: Serbia's Biggest Secret"

    05/02/2009 11:30:03 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies · 1,097+ views
    Radio Television Serbia ( ^ | April 28, 2009 | Radio Television Serbia
    Here is a link for the Mihailovich program on "Radio, Television Serbia" that aired on April 28, 2009: Draza Mihailovich: Serbia's Biggest Secret. For those who know the extent of the censorship that has been imposed in Serbia on the topic of General Mihailovich over the years will recognize how significant this program is. The website address for "Radio, Television Serbia" is (Don't be confused by the "RTS". Those are the letters in the website address, however in Cyrillic on the actual website pages, the title reads "RTC") The program is under "Emisije" then "Uputnik" The direct link for...
  • Tales from the Air - Navy Veteran and Halyard Mission survivor Arthur Jibilian tells his story

    04/09/2009 7:25:01 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 608+ views ^ | April 7, 2009 | MaryAnn Kromer
    Jibilian is shown with Capt. Gary Bentley (right) of the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing. Photo by MaryAnn Kromer. Navy veteran Arthur Jibilian lived in Tiffin and worked at Basic for 28 years. Now a resident of Fremont, Jibilian spoke of his harrowing experiences in the European Theater of World War II. Last month Jibilian addressed the Midday Fellowship at St. John United Church of Christ in Tiffin. Accompanying Jibilian were his wife, Jo, his daughter, Deborah Jibilian, and Capt. Gary Bentley of the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing. Jibilian gave some background information about himself...
  • 100,000 U.S. dollars offered by SND as reward for finding Mihailovich gravesite

    03/24/2009 12:42:11 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 383+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 23, 2009 | AP
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Chicago-based Serb group said Monday it is offering a $100,000 reward for anyone who can locate the grave of a World War II guerrilla leader executed as a traitor by the Communists. The burial site of Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic has been unknown since his execution in 1946 by the postwar Communist authorities. Mihailovic was convicted of collaboration with the Nazi occupiers in a hasty trial orchestrated by the new government. The Serbian National Defense Council of America posted the reward offer on its Web site. The group said that the reward would be paid only...
  • The Forgotten 500 - The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All

    03/20/2009 4:50:49 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 26 replies · 2,014+ views
    The Paper (North San Diego County) ^ | March 19, 2009 | Lyle E. Davis
    I’m about to tell you a story that, after you’ve read it, if your blood isn’t boiling . . . well, you maybe ought to book an appointment with your favorite mortician. Armchair Generals in the Pentagon during WWII and their civilian counterparts and bosses in the US State Department should have been taken out and given, at a minimum, a sound caning or horse-whipping . . . and at the worst, faced a firing squad. Their absolute ineptitude and politicking almost cost the lives of 513 Allied airmen and, ultimately, ruined the reputation and resulted in the firing squad...
  • Book Report Contest! "The Forgotten 500" - The Halyard Mission Story Lives On!

    02/24/2009 7:34:15 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 450+ views
    February 23, 2009 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Dear friends, Mike Papich of California has discovered that the discount bookseller Edward R. Hamilton has listed The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman as one of the newest arrivals. The book has been discounted to only $5.95. Papich thinks it’s up to all of us Serbs to make the story go further. “I propose that we inform Serbs about this book sale. We should buy all of these books and place them in Public Libraries to help keep the momentum we...
  • Dragoljub (Draza) Mihailovich: Hero or Scoundrel? The Controversy That Refuses To Die.

    02/14/2009 8:40:56 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 1,122+ views
    The Plain Dealer Magazine | May 27, 1990 | Keith C. Epstein
    General Draza Mihailovich in the hills of Serbia WW II Photo of Major Richard Felman, U.S.A.F. (Ret.) by Mari Shaefer. Richard L. Felman stands before a Douglas C-47 Sky Train, a plane similar to the C-47 transports used to evacuate 500 U.S. fliers from Yugoslavia during World War II. The photo was taken at Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona. To the group of stranded American airmen he rescued during World War II, the Serbian guerrilla leader who once graced the cover of Time Magazine deserves a monument on federal land in Washington, D.C. To others, including Croatian-Americans, he’s a...
  • George Orwell on General Draza Mihailovich

    11/01/2008 5:49:53 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 1,409+ views
    October 2008 | Carl Savich
    “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” “Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” George Orwell, "1984" (1949) When George Orwell published his political satire "Animal Farm" in 1945, he wrote a preface to the book that was deleted and censored from the rest of the text. In the preface, Orwell criticized the censorship and suppression that were endemic in Western countries. The censored, deleted, and...
  • USAF Attache in Belgrade, Lt. Col. John Cappello, honors the Halyard Mission and Mihailovich

    08/28/2008 8:19:32 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 712+ views
    Dnevne Novine Press (Serbia) | August 24, 2008 | Translation from Dnevne Novine Press
    Dnevne Novine Press 24 Aug 08 Halyard English Translation from Serbian RAVNA GORA MEN RESCUED 660 AIRMEN The American Air Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Lt Col John Cappello, USAF, speaks about the Halyard Mission that was led by General Draza Mihailovich in WWII and presents the little known story about the achievements of the Pranjani villagers in Serbia. At the beginning of May 2008 at the American Corner in Kragujevac a very specific exhibition of photographs was opened. Its title was the “Air Bridge”. The citizens of Serbia had an opportunity for the first time to be...
  • Arthur Jibilian, the Halyard Mission "Radioman" returns to Serbia to Honor Mihailovich

    08/17/2008 8:57:11 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 434+ views
    2004/2008 | Aleksandra Rebic
    This story was posted on FR back in 2007, but it's fitting to repeat now, since "Jibby" is in many of your prayers at this time. I'd like to share the story below about an O.S.S. World War Two veteran of the Halyard Mission rescue operation returning to Serbia 60 years later to pay tribute to the Serbian and American veterans who played out one of the great, heroic stories of World War Two that has remained largely hidden all these years. ____________________________________ The above is the back of signed photo given to OSS Radioman Arthur Jibilian by General Mihailovich...
  • Dear Winston...

    07/30/2008 6:30:46 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 19 replies · 795+ views
    July 30, 2008 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Two men who changed history never met, but they should have. They had an enormous impact on each other’s lives. They both were men of war. One would survive. The other would not. The following gives voice to General Draza Mihailovich, the one who did not survive, and what he might have said to the one who did, the great Statesman Winston Churchill, had he had the chance to do so. Dear Winston, During a critical period in the history of the world, our paths crossed in a fateful way, though we would never meet. I would die first, without...
  • The Eagle of Yugoslavia

    07/19/2008 7:00:58 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 116+ views ^ | May 25, 1942 | Time Magazine
    He clasps the crag with crooked hands . . . he watches from his mountain walls, and like a thunderbolt he falls. These words, written of an eagle, today are a far better fit for one of the most amazing commanders of World War II. He is Yugoslavia's Draja Mihailovich. Ever since Adolf Hitler vaingloriously announced a year ago that he had conquered Yugoslavia, Draja Mihailovich and his 150,000 guerrillas in the mountains south-west of Belgrade have flung the lie in Hitler's teeth. It has been probably the greatest guerrilla operation in history...
  • The Death of a Good Man - How European Democracy killed General Mihailovich

    07/17/2008 4:28:13 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 31 replies · 464+ views
    July 17, 2008 | Aleksandra Rebic
    On July 17, 1946, sixty-two years ago, the life of General Draza Mihailovich came to an end. Why should we care? Why did his life and death matter? He was a military officer who lived at a time in history when his dedication to democratic ideals would bring him into conflict with the fascists, the Nazis and, in the end, the communists. It would be the communists who would finally silence him, but not before he and his people fought valiantly to prevent his country, Yugoslavia, from falling into communist hands after the war. It would be too easy to...
  • Community pays tribute to local WWII survivor Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian

    06/23/2008 4:44:25 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 115+ views
    WTOL ^ | June 16, 2008 | Tanieya Lewis
    TOLEDO (WTOL) -- As families remembered their fathers this weekend, the community paid tribute to a local World War II survivor. Toledo Metcalf Field played host to the Plane Fun weekend, where the last living member of Operation Halyard was flown in on a bomber plane. News 11's Tanieya Lewis shares Arthur Jilbian's story. It is the first time in 60 years Arthur Jibilian is seeing these planes. They were flown by US pilots during WW II. Jibilian is the last survivor of Operation Halyard. That mission returned more than 500 American airmen home to their families. "I get goose...
  • Another WWII Veteran Salutes Mihailovich in 2008

    03/09/2008 8:42:14 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 32 replies · 792+ views
    Beaver County Times and Allegheny Times ^ | March 8, 2008 | Bob Bauder
    WWII airman recalls series of narrow escapes from behind enemy lines By Bob Bauder, Times Staff Published: Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:38 PM EST Carl Walpusk has a soft spot in his heart for Serbia. In 1944, Walpusk, of Moon Township, parachuted out of a sputtering B-24 bomber into Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia and the hands of a rag-tag band of Serbian guerilla fighters known as Chetniks. For 33 days, the Chetniks escorted Walpusk and nine other members of his crew from one Serbian village to another — risking their lives and those of collaborating villagers — to keep the airmen safe...
  • Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas - A Critical Reappraisal in 2008

    03/08/2008 12:52:45 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 17 replies · 1,111+ views
    2008 | Carl Savich
    On January 11, 1943, during the height of World War II, Twentieth Century Fox released the movie Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas on the guerrilla movement headed by Draza Mihailovich in German-occupied Yugoslavia. The movie starred Philip Dorn as Draza Mihailovich and Anna Sten as his wife. The movie was the Hollywood chronicle of the Chetnik resistance movement. Draza Mihailovich launched a resistance movement against the Nazi occupation forces of Yugoslavia in 1941. This was unprecedented and created a sensation in Europe and in America. In America, Draza Mihailovich became one of the most popular figures in the news. In the...

    03/02/2008 6:58:37 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 9 replies · 147+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | February 25, 2008 | Sharon Adarlo
    For five weeks Anthony Orsini's family thought he was dead. Killed in action fighting the Nazis. The Woodbridge man was one of more than 500 U.S. airmen shot down behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia in 1944 while bombing oil fields in Romania. Watched over by Serbian Chetnik guerrillas who hid them in local villager's attics, cellars and barns, the group was rescued by Allied forces in a daring top-secret airlift mission. "Operation Halyard," considered by some military historians as the single largest evacuation from Axis-occupied Europe, normally would have made bold front-page headlines and been featured in movie house newsreels....
  • American WWII Veteran Saved by Serbs Snubbed by Senator John McCain

    02/09/2008 8:06:54 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Tuscon Citizen | November 9, 1992 | Richard L. Felman
    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...
  • The Allies have it all Backwards when it comes to the Serbs.

    01/13/2008 5:51:34 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 25 replies · 169+ views
    "Truth" (London) | December 27, 1946 | Donovan Touche
    Note From Ravnagora: Though written over 60 years ago, this essay resonates today. Like so much of what was happening at that time, particularly with regards to the Serbs, the fate of General Draza Mihailovich should have served as a harbinger to those who would be in charge of world events and their consequences in the future. ******************** THE MYSTERY OF MIHAILOVICH By Donovan Touche “TRUTH” London December 27, 1946 Was General Mihailovich a great patriot, foully done to death, or was he a collaborator? That is the mystery of Mihailovich. I would not have presumed to intervene in this...
  • Captain Walter Mansfield of the First American Mission to Mihailovich addresses Canadian crowd

    11/10/2007 5:49:54 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 124+ views
    Captain Walter Mansfield
    CAPTAIN WALTER MANSFIELD, of the FIRST AMERICAN MISSION TO MIHAILOVICH DURING WORLD WAR TWO Speech given in Canada in 1953 “There is no nation which would, more than you Serbs, appreciate human freedoms and rights. Not only appreciate, but give everything for them. It happened on Kosovo, the Salonika Front and Ravna Gora. The first thing that I learned from your brothers in your mountains was “Freedom or Death.” The great law and ideal for great men and times. …I have not many opportunities to meet many great men. One of them is my good and never forgotten Chicha [General...
  • Lt. Colonel James Inks of the U.S. Air Corps responds to death of General Mihailovich

    11/10/2007 4:51:02 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 98+ views
    Lt. Colonel James M. Inks
    Note: I wish that so many of our veterans who have passed away were alive today to provide our policy makers and talking heads with the proper perspective. ********** YUGOSLAV MILITARY ATTACHE QUESTIONS CAPTAIN OF THE U.S. AIR CORPS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II YUGOSLAVIA AND LT. COL. JAMES M. INKS RESPONDS. July 13, 1946 Dear Lt. Inks: I have learned that you parachuted from your plane on the 28th of July, 1944, near Podgorica, Yugoslavia and that you were liberated by the Partisans April 26, 1945, and returned to your base. As the military attaché to the...
  • American Air Force Veteran Honors Halyard Mission

    11/10/2007 1:17:16 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 208+ views
    Richard L. Felman
    Note: As America celebrates Veteran's Day this November of 2007 when things are so volatile in the world, it's good to hear from the veterans themselves about what remains most memorable about their service in the United States Military. WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN MAJOR RICHARD L. FELMAN OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE HALYARD MISSION 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN CHICAGO, IL. May 31, 1994 Before I say a single word, I must first express my everlasting gratitude to the City of Chicago and the Department of Defense today, for honoring the Halyard Mission. Until...
  • Ronald Reagan pays tribute to Halyard Mission and Pranjani heroes

    11/09/2007 8:31:20 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 172+ views
    1979 | Ronald Reagan
    As U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Cameron Munter visits Serbia to pay tribute to the Halyard Mission heroes at Pranjani, in honor of America's Veteran's day holiday, I'd like to share the thoughts of one of America's great leaders on one of Serbia's greatest. FROM THE OFFICE OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR RONALD REAGAN September 8, 1979 Mr. Michael Radenkovich Vice President California Citizens' Committee to Commemorate General Mihailovich Dear Mr. Radenkovich: Please convey to the California Citizen's Committee to Commemorate General Draza Mihailovich my sincere appreciation for their kind invitation to attend tonight's dinner to commemorate General Mihailovich. Unfortunately, prior committments prevent...
  • American Radioman Returns to Pranjani, Serbia to pay tribute to Mihailovich and Halyard Mission

    11/09/2007 8:31:10 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 536+ views
    Aleksandra Rebic
    In honor of Ambassador Munter's Visit to historic Pranjani, Serbia to honor General Draza Mihailovich, his Serbian people, and the American veterans of the Halyard Mission, I'd like to share the story below about an O.S.S. veteran of the Mission returning to Serbia 60 years later to pay tribute to the Serbian and American veterans who played out one of the great, heroic stories of World War Two that has remained largely hidden all these years. THE AMERICAN RADIOMAN RETURNS TO SERBIA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GENERAL MIHAILOVICH He is among the last of them. The last of the living...
  • U.S. Ambassador to Serbia visits Pranjani Today

    11/09/2007 6:13:55 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 438+ views
    November 8 , 2007 Embassy of the United States of America Belgrade Ambassador Munter Honors Serbian Families in Pranjani U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Cameron Munter will visit Pranjani on November 9, 2007 to honor Serbian families who saved the lives of hundreds of U.S. airmen shot down by Nazi forces during World War II. The Ambassador will present an official proclamation from the Governor of the State of Ohio, thanking the people of Pranjani on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Halyard rescue mission. The State of Ohio is proud to be an active partner with Serbia in...
  • The Forgotten 500 - The Story of the Halyard Mission Heroes

    09/12/2007 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 2,064+ views
    Aleksandra Rebic
    The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War Two By Gregory A. Freeman Publisher: New American Library, 2007. New York. Review by Aleksandra Rebic When I asked author Gregory Freeman what drew him to the story of ‘Operation Halyard’, he didn’t hesitate: “My interests as an author usually lead me to stories of heroism and sacrifice that went unrecognized for too long, and the story of Operation Halyard fits the bill perfectly. I was drawn to the idea that not only was this an amazing tale of intrigue...
  • Serbia's History Must be Rewritten

    07/20/2007 4:38:56 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Aleksandra Rebic
    SERBIA’S HISTORY MUST BE REWRITTEN. Sixty one years ago, dark forces took the life of a warrior who fought valiantly for the human rights of his people, a visionary, a hero whose moral standards and ethical principles included the virtues known to humanity since the birth of Jesus Christ. He was General Dragoljub-Draza Mihailovich – a man from the country that was once Yugoslavia. Since his time, the history of Yugoslavia has been written and rewritten many times over, but never as history should be written. It was always written in collusion with the existing political dogmas that had subverted...
  • JULY 17.

    07/17/2007 7:02:46 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 410+ views
    Aleksandra | July 17, 2007 | Aleksandra Rebic
    JULY 17. "They said to one another Behold, here cometh the dreamer... Let us slay him... And we shall see what will become of his dreams." Genesis 37 19-20 Today, July 17th, marks the day that General Mihailovich lost the battle for his life. On March 13, 1946, Yugoslav agents of “The Department for the Protection of People” (OZNA) captured Mihailovich and proceeded to try him for “war crimes” and “high treason”. The trial, though it stretched between June 10th and July 15th of 1946, was not necessary. The manufactured “Guilty” verdict that gave the green light for his execution...