with Baba Mim....
Check out my other websites too:
Not Retired From Learning! http://www.notretiredfromlearning.com
Bizic Education Enterprises.
"The Power of Three"--> www.mimbizic.com
And the Moon Township Historical Society website:
Over 500 U.S. Airmen were saved by the SERBS!
"V" for VICTORY!
V ... _
"Zora puca, bice dana!"
Click on lower right hand corner to enlarge letter above.
The book FREE YUGOSLAVIA CALLING by Dr. Svetislav-Sveta Petrovitch, was written in 1941. Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, the 99th Mayor of New York City, and widely regarded as one of the BEST mayors the city ever had, wrote the forward, with the words, "Zora puca, bit ce' dana," meaning "the dawn in breaking, the day will come."
"Yes," he said, "the Day will come to the Yugoslavs--- as well as to the Czechs, the Poles, the Norwegians, and to all others suffering under the knout of the Nazi jailers-- when peace and freedom shall reign over their land which I know so well.
"The Day of Victory will come to these people whose will to live as free men proved to be stronger than the iron heels of the dictators.
"This book, the first one to come out under the 'V-for-Victory" symbol, confirms my faith in the survival of these brave people. The daring exploits of the Yugoslav Chetniks against the Nazi invaders, so vividly described by Dr. Petrovitch, and the stiff resistance by the undismayed men and women in other countries, must evoke our admiration and confidence in liberty-loving mankind.
"Every liberty loving person knows that we must not abandon these struggling people who carry on the fight against tyranny so that democracy may prevail in all lands, including the United States. We must keep the fires of hope burning in the hearts of millions of suffering people throughout the world, the fires which a monster without a heart tries but fails to extinguish.
"I call upon all Americans to unite and join humanity struggling against Hitler so that his poisonous ideas may never take hold on these shores. "Zora puca, bit' ce' dana." September 20, 1941, Mayor of New York City.
Map of Europe in early 1940's....
I have a copy of this valuable historical map, but this particular image came courtesy of J.P. Mayer when he was refuting something written against the Serbs, and used this German map from 1940 as evidence to show where the Serbs lived in Yugoslavia then.
(Click bottom right hand corner to enlarge map.)
(Click map of Yugoslavia on bottom right hand corner to enlarge)
Because so many of our dear readers are sharing their memoirs and photos with us of the WWII Operation Halyard Mission, we must add another page to our website dedicated to making sure the true story is known to a much wider audience.
At this time, my sincere gratitude goes to Melanie and Tim Limrick of Pittsburgh, PA for sharing info about their Uncle Bob Marjanovich with us.
Also, to a new friend from Connecticut, Tech Ed (Industrial Arts) teacher Ted Connolly, whose late father Tom Connolly, was one of the airmen rescued by General Draza Mihailovich and his Serbian Chetniks, the OSS, and the American flyers. Their stories are jaw-dropping exciting....
Melanie is the daughter of the late Milan and Dara (Dorothy) Marjanovich Tomich, who had saved this information for posterity.
Bob, May (another sister), and Dara's father (Melanie's grandfather) was a priest who died at quite a young age. His mother sent Bob to study the priesthood in Belgrade in 1939, where he had received a scholarship. On April 7, 1941, Germany dropped bombs on Belgrade, which was an open city, instantly killing 17,000 civilians and wounding thousands of others. In his mad dash for safety, Bob was taken in and given shelter by strangers, but eventually found himself meeting up with the famous Maksimovich Brothers, a popular singing quartet he had met when they toured throughout America in 1936, making famous the song "O Marijana" throughout the USA.
Bobby was listed as missing for almost three years....
This is the farmhouse where Tom Connolly & his crew stayed. Visit the Kosovo Men's Choir page on this site and see how we stayed at DrvenGrad that looks just like this.... we felt like Heidi.... high in the mountains in houses just like this!
This map from the collection of Ted Connolly, son of +Tom Connolly, one of the 513 rescued U.S. airmen marks a map of the region where the crew of the STRICTLY G.I airplane landed. Marked in the margin here is the name of airman Percy Peterson, who was flying with the crew for the first time, 11/19/44. Unfortunately, he was killed.
Much, much more coming! Stay tuned.
In another vein, it is important that we recall the efforts of Major Richard Felman to insure the story of Operation Halyard was always at the fore.
Thanks to the Serbian Unity Congress, we have this wonderful story by Sandy Marquette about a fine, fine man, Dick Felman.
Another big loss for the Serbian People was Professor Dragoslav Djordjevich of California. The following tribute is from the Serbian Unity Congress, of which he was a Founding Member.
Dragoslav GeorgevIch, 98, true patriot both
of Serbia and America, died November 29, 2008
in Monterey, California, exactly sixty years after arriving
in the United States.
graduated from the Yugoslav Military Academy in
Belgrade, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) and was a captain
attending the General Staff School when Germany
attacked Yugoslavia in April of 1941.
in the British‐administered
occupation post‐World War II, he refused to return to his native Serbia, which had become Communist after the War.
arriving in New York City on Thanksgiving Day in 1948.
Serbo‐Croatian at the Army Language School in
Monterey, California, which later became the Defense
Language Institute, where he retired as the Chairman of the Serbo‐Croatian Department. He earned two post-graduate degrees, in history and linguistics at San Jose State University.
He wrote several books, including the notable "Na Raskrsnici" (At the Cross) which chronicled his converstations with Prince Paul Karadjordjevich, the Regent of Yugoslavia during the critical and fateful years between 1935 and 1941.
Shortly after arriving in the US, he and other Serbian patriots founded the "Cultural Club Saint Sava" in Chicago, which quickly became a beacon of Serbian ideas and aspirations, and for decades was in the forefront of Serbian Anti-Communist struggle.
Dragoslav Georgevich was also part of the genesis of the Serbian Unity Congress. Realizing that Communist Yugoslavia was on the verge of collapse, he and his son, Miroslav (Michael)Djordjevich) met in early 1989 with Prince Andrej Karadjordjevic to discuss what could be done to revive Serbia and protect Serbian interests in a post‐Communist world.
idea of a new organization consisting primarily of young professionals of Serbian heritage who would actively help Serbia in transition from Titoism to Democracy.
Dragoslav Georgevich worked tirelessly to solidify grassroots support for SUC among the Serbian Diaspora in the ensuing years.
In Memorium -Slava mu!
Finally! Here's a photo of J.B. Allin, the photographer with the Halyard Mission, talking to Nick Lalich and Dr. Carpenter. Thank you to Dr. Jonathan Clemente for sharing this photo with us!
(Photo was enhanced. No color photos then!)
Jibby says that Dr. Clemente is a valuable contributor to the OSS listserv and is writing a book about the Medical conditions of Operation Halyard and other missions.
Here's what I found about Dr. Clemente on the Charlotte Radiology site:
Jonathan D. Clemente, M.D.
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency: New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship: Diagnostic Neuroradiology, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualifications, Neuroradiology
Societies: RSNA, ARRS, NYRS, ACR, NC-ACR, NCMS, MCMS, Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Head and Neck Radiology
And he's so nice to share! Lots of (patients!) patience too! Thanks so much!
Here are the two guys again, JP Allin and Nick Lalich, at a reception in Chicago for the Rescued Airmen sponsored by Aleksandra Rebic and her father, Rade Rebic in May of 1994. Thanks for sharing, Aleks!
Here's Mike Devyak and Lt. Col. McDowell on the move again.....
A photo shared on Veteran's Day, (11/11/15) by Stephanie Lalich Adams of 3 American Serbs OSS heroes: Lt. Joe Veselinovich, Lt. Mike Rajacich, and her father, Lt. Nick Lalich from WWII, Operation HALYARD.
Air drop on Christmas 1944
Thanks to Ted Connolly of Connecticut for sharing with all of us these photos from his late father's (Tom Connelly's) files. Be sure to place your pointer over the photo to enlarge seeing these packages drop by parachute.
On Dec. 27, two days after the airdrop, two C-47's were heard. The planes arrived in Boljanic at the appointed hour, one of the pilots being Col. Kraigher, who had come to bring the airmen home. Col. Kraigher had been with the Halyard Mission earlier, with the A.C.R.U., and there was much rejoicing.
George Vuynovich had loaded the planes with supplies as a gift to all the people of Boljanic and the Chetniks (Nationalist troops), who had escorted Halyard to the airstrip. Lalich, Jibby, Marjanovich, the 25 American fliers and two blind Serbian officers flew out of Yugoslavia.
Nick Lalich reported that the Halyard Mission had successfully evacuated 604 people, of whom 513 were American airmen shot down over Yugoslavia.
With much gratitude to General Draza Mihailovich and his followers who showed our American Airmen kindness and hospitality, and guarded them at huge risk to themselves and their families (sometimes their lives and fortunes) this page is humbly dedicated.
We also take time to recognize the courageous efforts of both the Serbs and the members of the Halyard Mission to make sure the U.S. airmen got safely home.