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  • A Christian Treasure in the heart of the Midwest - St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery U.S.A.

    02/20/2010 6:11:11 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 375+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | February 19, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    On a beautiful summer morning in June of 2007, I took a drive out to Libertyville, Illinois for the purpose of taking photos of the new memorial monument that had been erected and dedicated to Voyvoda Momchilo Djujich, a highly revered Chetnik commander under the command of Serbia's General Draza Mihailovich in World War II. When I arrived at St. Sava Monastery, the Serbian Orthodox Church that was home to this new memorial, I found the grounds to be even more lovely and peaceful than I had hoped they would be. The experience exceeded my expectations as the beauty of...
  • "The Wrath of the Eagles: A Novel of the Chetniks"

    01/21/2010 7:01:15 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies · 558+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | June 21, 2010 | Carl Savich
    Frederick Heydenau In 1943, a second major novel on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas was published in the United States by E.P. Dutton in New York. The novel, "The Wrath of the Eagles: A Novel of the Chetniks", was written by Austrian-born émigré author Frederick Heydenau who recounted the emergence and exploits of the guerrilla resistance movement led by Draza Mihailovich. Book Review "The Wrath of the Eagles: A Novel of the Chetniks" by Frederick Heydenau Published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York. Translated from German by Barrows Mussey. 318 pp. As more and more news accounts...
  • WWII RESCUE IN THE HILLS OF YUGOSLAVIA - The Halyard Mission and ‘The Forgotten 500’

    12/20/2009 5:04:13 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 714+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | December 2009 | Elizabeth Milanovich
    For "Vidovdan" a quarterly Serbian magazine published in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. December 2009 More often than not, a war story is about killing and bloodshed. This is not one of those stories of death, but rather one of life. In fact, it’s about an incredible and unprecedented rescue in the hills of Yugoslavia during WWII. This is a story which should have been told long ago, but for political reasons was suppressed until recent years. It’s now told in a book authored by Gregory Freeman, ‘The Forgotten 500’. It is very aptly titled, and involves the heroics and sacrifices of...
  • Awaiting the Verdict

    12/12/2009 10:06:03 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 474+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | December 12, 2009 | Carl Savich
    General Draza Mihailovich Awaits the Verdict // Carl Savich on the Mihailovich Trial Coverage in LIFE Magazine July 15, 1946 In the July 15, 1946 issue, LIFE magazine reported on the Draza Mihailovich trial in an article entitled “Mihailovich Awaits the Verdict”. LIFE photographer John Phillips took pictures of Draza Mihailovich before the Communist military court, smoking a pipe, drinking a bottle of beer, and lying in his bed in his cell reading a book. In a photo essay entitled “Mihailovich: Chetnik leader fights for his life before open Yugoslav court-martial”, Phillips also photographed a military guard, wearing a cap...
  • "The Chetniks"

    11/25/2009 7:23:42 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 688+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.b92.net ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | 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...