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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...