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U.S. Embassy Marks 65th Anniversary of Operation Halyard

The following photos and text can be found at: belgrade.usembassy.gov


Above: Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Halyard. FoNet photo


Above: Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Halyard. FoNet photo


Above: Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Halyard. FoNet photo

August 14, 2009
Embassy of the United States of America
Belgrade

Charge d’Affaires Jennifer Brush will visit Pranjani on August 15, 2009 to mark the 65th anniversary of Operation Halyard and to honor Serbian families who assisted in saving the lives of hundreds of U.S. airmen shot down by Nazi forces during World War II.

Charge Brush will lay wreaths in commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Halyard.

Operation Halyard: During the summer of 1944 approximately 1,000 U.S. airmen bailed out over German-occupied Yugoslavia, a significant number of them landing in Serbia. In a series of daylight and night airlifts that occurred over the course of four months, a team made up of troops of General Mihailovic's Royal Yugoslav Army in the Homeland and the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) evacuated over 500 U.S. airmen from the village of Pranjani. The rescue of the U.S. airmen involved small unit actions against German troops and put at risk entire Serb villages that sheltered the U.S. personnel. U.S. airmen bear testimony to the significant sacrifices of local Serb villagers who fed, cared for and protected them, in some cases up to six months. The "Halyard Mission" is considered one of the greatest rescues of American airmen from behind enemy lines in the history of warfare.

Journalists interested in covering the event should be at the Galovica Field, Pranjani, on Saturday August 15 no later than 10:45.

Charge Brush and Mayor of Gornji Milanovac Drazimir Marusic will address visitors of the "Halyard Mission" exhibition. Journalists interested in covering the Charge’s and Mayor’s remarks and the Halyard exhibition should be at Muzej rudnicko-takovskog kraja, Sindjeliceva 7, Gornji MIlanovac on Saturday August 15 no later than 13:20.

 

American hero, Art Jibilian, nominated to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism in WWII, Operation Halyard


Above: Congratulation letter from the Consulate Gneral of the Republic of Serbia to Arthur Jibilian for his nomination of the Medal of Honor.


Above: Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, President, Tesla Memorial Society of New York with Art Jibilian at the award ceremony. Dr. Ljubo Vujovic is holding a photo of the "Forgotten 500". Operation Halyard was documented in a 2007 book called “The Forgotten 500,” by Gregory A. Freeman.

The American hero, Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian, is nominated to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his heroism in WWII, in the successful mission known as Operation Halyard. The Serbian people saved 500 American pilots in WWII. These pilots, who were involved in the bombardment of Romanian oil fields, parachuted over Serbia after their planes were shot down by Germans. Romanian oil was used by Hitler's army to attack the Soviet Union in WWII.

Tesla Memorial Society of New York and many Tesla admirers around the world support the nomination of Art Jibilian for the military's highest honor, the Medal of Honor. We ask President Barack Obama to award Art Jibilian the Medal of Honor.

Art Jibilian is one the "Forgotten 500" who deserve our recognition after so many years of silence for political reasons.

Photos from Art Jibilian,
American Hero from WWII


Above: American Pilots together with Serbs, WWII, Pranjane, Serbia.


Above: American Pilots together with Serbs, WWII, Pranjane, Serbia.

Letter from Art Jibilian to Dr. Ljubo Vujovic regarding the Serbian football participating in the Olympics in Cleveland, Ohio on September 5-6th 2009

Dear Dr. Vuyovic,
 
May I wish the Serbian football team great success in the upcoming Olympics in Cleveland, Ohio?  The Serbs have a great tradition, not only in football, but in many, many sports.  The Serbs have excelled in Tennis, swimming, and track.  Todor Veselinović has set the standard that the Serbs will try to beat in football this year........and if they do that, well, the gold medal will go to the Serbs!!!!
 
Best wishes for success in the upcoming Olympics!
 
Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian
Operation Halyard