“That famous Serbian battle cry effectively instilled again today in the souls of the Chetniks and Serb populace by War Minister Draja (Draza) Mihailovich, is the saddest and most nightmarish dirge Hitler has heard since embarking upon World War II. For, in the memorable lines, “Sprem’te Se, Sprem’te Chetnici,” which pound and surge in the breast of the Chetnik hero above, the Nazi leader recognizes his own death knell.”
Robert Low, author
“Hitler’s No. 1 Headache, Draja Mihailovitch—Fighter for Freedom ” LIBERTY MAGAZINE.
This article in the LIBERTY magazine by Robert Low was reprinted with permission in the American SRBOBRAN on April, 1942.
Ruth Mitchell, sister of U.S. Air Force General Billy Mitchell, is shown here in her Chetnik uniform with Lou Christopher, Vice President of BOTH the Serb National Federation and the Serb National Defense Council. Mitchell was in town to address a crowd of over 500 Americans gathered at the Schenley Hotel in Oakland (now part of Pitt’s campus) to raise money for the Serbian orphans of WWII. The above photo is from the former Pittsburgh newspaper, THE PITTSBURGH SUN-TELEGRAPH.
This program was printed on the back of the card featuring Miss Ruth Mitchell on the front. Miss Mitchell was also the author of the incredible book THE SERBS CHOSE WAR, documenting her time with General Draza Mihailovich and his Chetniks, and also her life as a German prisoner of war. The card information you see here was given to me years ago by my childhood friend, John Shatlan, who inherited it from his late aunt and uncle, Teta Mayme and Pero Kovachevich of 2123 Sidney Street, on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The articles were sent to me by the late +Dinka Christi of Lebanon, PA years ago, right before her failing health necessitated a move to a nursing home. Our Serbian ancestors guarded these treasures for the younger generations to learn from.
To read the above, click lower right hand corner to enlarge the photo.
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A Program Card of Ruth Mitchell was signed by Spencer D. Irwin, associate editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The affair was held on Sunday, April 4, 1943, to raise money for the Serbian War Orphans of WWII. The event drew a crowd of more than 500 people at the Schenley Hotel, which is now a part of the Student Union on the University of Pittsburgh’s (Pitt’s) Oakland campus. The sponsor of the program was the Serb National Defense or SND.
There’s a wonderfully talented woman named Pat Jennette who lives not too far from me, in Imperial, PA. Pat started her own business, Jennette Communications Group that publishes the Allegheny West magazine, and also, the Airport Area Community Phone Directories for Moon, Montour and West Allegheny in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
The Allegheny West Magazine-Moon Edition-is published six times per year, mailed and distributed free to 15,000 residents and businesses in Crescent, Moon, and adjacent areas.
“The people of our community never cease to amaze me. What wonderful neighbors you have! Many of your neighbors and friends are featured in this issue. Read about Mim Bizic of Moon, who has created an awesome Web site dedicated to her Serbian heritage.”
ABOUT THE COVER:
Vol. 4, Issue 24, September 2009 had this caption on its cover:
“Milana “Mim” Bizic of Moon is on a mission to preserve her Serbian heritage. Read her story on page 33. Photo by Pat Jennette.
Pat’s goal for the magazine was to create a positive, good news publication for the homes and businesses of our area, that would connect communities, promote people, heighten awareness about the Pittsburgh airport region, and build pride in the western suburbs of Allegheny County.
She succeeded well in her goal, as people across the world of Serbian descent are grateful to her for the posting of this article!
Pat had this photo of Pgh. Steeler great Franco Harris (#32!) and Nicky Jovonovich in a previous issue of her Allegheny West Magazine as aTEASER or coming attraction.
The caption read something like: “Franco Harris knows about the rescue of the 500 U.S. airmen, do you?”
Two tremendous fellas with one great book!
Wonderful Pat Jennette, editor
We sing “Zivela!” to Pat!
Mno ga -lje-ta,
Long may you live, PAT!
Jeremy Boren wrote a review about Pat Jennette called:
NEWSMAKER: Pat Jennette
for the Tribune-Review,
July 11, 2007.
Residence: North Fayette
Family: Husband, John; daughters, Andrea, 29, and Joyce, 20
Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Park University; certificate in secretarial business from Bradford Business School; accredited by the National School Public Relations Association and the Public Relations Society of America
Background: Started Allegheny West Magazine in August 1999 with one edition. The free, direct-mail magazine publishes three editions that reach 40,000 residents in 14 communities in western Allegheny County. Jennette started the magazine as a spin-off of her public-relations business, Jennette Communications Group, which opened in 1997 to provide public relations services to schools and small businesses.
Noteworthy: Recently won a “Make the Connection” award from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Dwight White presented Jennette with the award at the group’s annual event at the Hilton Pittsburgh and Towers, Downtown. NAWBO gives the award to honor volunteers across the region “who have made organizations an asset to the community and who, through their involvement, make communities viable and prosperous.”
Quote: “It is an honor to receive this award from NAWBO. They are an outstanding organization and to be recognized for my work in the community by such a wonderful organization is very special.”
Here’s another issue of my father’s magazines AMERICAN SERB LIFE that carried the story of the rescue in 1948 from OSS Captain Nick Lalich’s day by day diary.
U.S. Captain Walter Mansfield, of the First AMerican Mission to Mihailovich in WWII, at a speech given in Canada in 1953 about General Draza Mihailovich.
Curtis (Bud) Diles, of Huber Heights, Ohio, passed away at age 89 on Wednesday, September 10 2014.
He is gone, but never will be forgotten for his great deeds.
By G. Sam Piatt
Portsmouth Daily Times,
May 18, 2010
Curtis “Bud” Diles would have graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1944, but he dropped out to go to work. He was working as an automotive machinist when, two months after his 18th birthday, which came July 15, 1943, the U.S. Army drafted him.
He chose the Army Air Corps. A year later, on Sept. 8, 1944, he was a nose-gunner on a B-24 Liberator, making strategic bombing missions over Europe out of southern Italy.
He would fly 35 such missions before the war ended, but on this day it seemed certain the war would end for him at hardly half that many. This particular mission, his 17th, involved the bombing of a German oil field, Ploesti.
The mission was accomplished, but at a terrible price. German anti-aircraft artillery and fighter planes were waiting for the lumbering bombers.
“We were like sitting ducks,” Diles said.
Many of the B-24 crews never finished the mission. They died when their planes crashed in the mountainous Balkans of Yugoslavia. Many parachuted into the unknown and some who survived became German POWs.
The 19-year-old Diles, his plane badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, bailed out with his crew over Yugoslavia, behind enemy lines.
American intelligence had warned the bomber crews that if they were shot down over Yugoslavia, to avoid the Serbs, who reportedly were collaborating with the Germans.
Not true at all, says Diles.
“Guerrilla fighters with the Serbian Chetnik Resistance Army picked me up and saved my life,” he said. “They hid us from the Germans. I have supported the Serbians ever since. I subscribe to their newspaper. I have intense loyalty to them even today.”
One of Diles’ crew members, the radio operator, was captured by the Germans. Diles and the other six were rescued by local villagers and members of the Serbian Chetnik Resistance Army, led by Gen. Draza Mihailovich.
Back home at 3153 Walnut St. in Portsmouth, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Diles, wrung their hands in anxiety as a war department message told them only that their son was missing in action since a flight on Sept. 8.
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The Serbs kept them hidden and fed them and, working with U.S. Intelligence forces, made arrangements that saw Diles and his crew members, along with other American fliers who had been shot down and rescued by the Serbs, picked up by an American C-47. They were back at their home base within 10 days after they were shot down.
“We walked from Belgrade to the makeshift airstrip where the plane would pick us up. It must have been 150 miles though woods and over hills. We slept in a hayloft of a barn that final night. The C-47 picked us up on Sept. 17, 1944, and brought us out of there,” Diles said.
He learned that it was not just his crew that Guerrilla fighters with the Serbian Chetnik Resistance Army had helped. First, they heard of 50 others, then they learned that there were hundreds of other American flyers who had bailed out of their crippled planes and were protected from the Germans by the Serbs.
The United States sent in OSS agents on a daring rescue mission known as Operation Halyard. What started as a 10-day mission lasted nearly six months and the C-47s, landing one by one on a runway built by the Americans and the Serbs, brought out nearly 500 downed American flyers.
“It was a covert operation. The Air Force had four or five men assigned to this shuttle service, flying from Italy to the airstrip in Serbia, picking up a load, and flying them back to Italy,” Diles said.
While the rescue was taking place, Diles said, the U.S. and Great Britain abandoned Mihailovich, accusing him of collaborating with the Germans. They began backing instead communist leader Gen. Josip Tito.
Diles said he and other rescued airmen felt the U.S. government didn’t give Mihailovich credit for helping them and relied on false information in turning against him.
The man who Time Magazine voted Man of the Year in 1941 was put on trial by Tito when the war ended, found guilty of being a traitor, and executed by firing squad.
According to Diles, hundreds of American airmen who had been rescued with Mihailovich’s help were angry and devastated over not being allowed to testify on his behalf.
“I have yet to hear a rational explanation as to why our government abandoned the Serbians or neglected to intervene in the trial of Mihailovich,” Diles said.
At any rate, once back at their home base in southern Italy, Diles and his crew were assigned another B-24 and were soon back helping to bomb Germany into submission.
“Up until that time, if you were shot down and survived, you went home, the entire crew, but I had to go back and fly some more,” he said, no doubt because the U.S. had lost so many bombers on these strategic bombing flights over Europe.
He made 18 more missions. He had a few shrapnel wounds but nothing serious enough to keep him out of action.
The Purple Heart is among the medals he won for his year in combat.
“A lot of men who received that medal died, and I didn’t really feel right about accepting it. But they said I had earned it, and I should take it,” he said.
He also was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. The Air Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in or with the U.S. Army, distinguishes himself by “meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.”
“I believe one cluster was awarded to the medal for each 10 missions flown, something like that,” Diles said.
Discharged in November 1945, Diles returned to Portsmouth to find a job and get on with his life. He married Inez Pruitt of Vanceburg, Ky., in 1948.
They have lived in the Dayton area — Huber Heights — for the past 36 years. They have three daughters and a son, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
An event taking place 10 years ago in the Dayton area brought to life again those 10 days Diles and his B-24 crew members spent in the mountains of Yugoslavia with the people who saved their lives, the Serbian Chetnik Guerrilla fighters.
The Time-Life book, written in 1978 by Ronald Bailey, had a photograph taken Sept. 17, 1944, by Life magazine photo journalist J.B. Allin, of five American flyers sleeping in a hayloft.
His 12-year-old grandson, Adam Harlow, checked a book out of the school library for a class reading assignment at his junior high school.
The Time-Life book, written in 1978 by Ronald Bailey, had a photograph taken Sept. 17, 1944, by Life magazine photo journalist J.B. Allin, of five American flyers sleeping in a hayloft.
The Time-Life book, written in 1978 by Ronald Bailey, had a photograph taken Sept. 17, 1944, by Life magazine photo journalist J.B. Allin, of five American flyers sleeping in a hayloft.
Harlow’s mother, Teresa, thumbing through the book, discovered the photo on page 188. Diles, then 19, was in the middle, and she recognized him immediately. She rushed to show Adam his grandfather, immortalized now in a 32-year-old Time-Life history book about World War II.
The Life magazine photographer had accompanied the C-47 that flew Diles and the others to safety, and learned from the Serbs of the American flyers hidden in the barn loft.
“That’s my grandpa!” Adam told his teachers and classmates, opening the book to the photograph.
Diles worked for more than 31 years as an automotive machinist with Wolford Machine Shop in Portsmouth. All the time he was trying to get a job at the steel mill in New Boston (first going by Cyclops, then Empire Detroit Steel), which was the best paying job around.
Finally, when he was past 50, he got on there.
“They never hired anybody past 40, but the federal government had a new law about age discrimination, and they could not refuse to hire me because of my age,” Diles said.
He worked there 18 months, until the mill, already on its downward spiral, closed its doors forever in 1980.
“We sold our Portsmouth house, moved to Dayton, and I started life all over at past 50,” Diles said.
“I have subscribed to the Portsmouth Times for more than 60 years,” he said. “I was a Times carrier in 1940-41. My route was in eastern Portsmouth and western New Boston.
“In 1968, my only son, Dennis Diles, had the same route for two years. He saved enough money from his carrier job and a part-time job with K-Mart in Huber Heights to pay his first year’s tuition at Wright State University, where he eventually graduated with a degree in chemistry and was employed by Cargill Corp. in Dayton. Today he’s with Cargill’s Minneapolis Division as a computer chemical engineer.”
Curtis Diles said he did get his PHS diploma after the war.
“I failed to graduate from Portsmouth because I had not taken a required history course. After the war I returned to PHS in order to make up the lost credits and get my diploma,” he said. “I was elated when the principal told me, ‘Diles, you MADE history, (so) I see no need for you to take any course in history.’ All I could say was ‘Thank you, sir!’”
Speaking in response to his interview by a Daily Times reporter for this story, he said, “Your prompting has caused me to review the past 65 years and I find I have had a full enjoyable life with one son, three daughters, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and still enjoy every day.
“My wife, Inez, and I are still maintaining our independent lifestyle with little help from anyone except for the love of our family and friends.”
He said his two years with the Army Air Force and the nine days he was in Serbia had a life-long effect on him.
“When our national leaders abandoned our ally, Serbia, it was devastating to see my life-saving friends abandoned to the Communist regime,” he said. “I still support my Serbian friends in any way I can.”
Thanks to Aleksandra Rebic for first posting the above story from the Portsmouth Times.
Aleksandra’s Note: He is one of the very last of them still living. I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Curtis “Bud” Diles in Chicago, in May of 1994, when he came to participate in the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Halyard Mission Rescue Operation being celebrated that year as part of the D-Day Anniversary ceremonies being held throughout the United States. We became instant friends and have stayed in touch ever since. At 84, he continues to share his memories and gratitude for what the Serbs did for the Americans behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia in 1944. He has never forgotten General Mihailovich or his Chetnik forces and is convinced that he would not have returned alive to America and a long and happy post-war life had it not been for the Serbs. As with other rescued airmen I’ve had the privilege of becoming acquainted with over the years, I’m struck by how humble, stoic, and noble men such as Curtis Diles are. They truly exemplify everything that the American Armed Forces are supposed to be. My sincere gratitude goes out to Curtis “Bud” Diles for continuing to remain dedicated to spreading the word about General Mihailovich and the Halyard Mission through all these years. Thank You.
Born: 4/30/1923 – Died: 3/21/2010 What a difference he made with “the dash!”!!!
Jibby meeting Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kuchinich, U.S. Representative of Ohio in Cleveland….
Jibby’s Celebration of Life Memorial Service on WTOL Toledo, OH
Jibby would be so proud of his daughter, Debi, who has picked up from where her Dad left off! Also, thanks to rescued airman, Clare Musgrove, who is also in the video, and of course, to the wonderful folks at WTOL/Toledo, OH!
The fellows at the Northcoast Veterans Museum sent this link to their local newspaper, THE NEWS MESSENGER, about what they had to say about Jibby:
Stefan Popovic, from Australia, wrote on my Facebook page 3/22/10:
“Made mention of Jibby’s passing on my radio program last night and dedicated a song to him – thought it was particularly appropriate – ‘Od topole pa do Ravne Gore.’ 🙂“
Beautiful! Jibby would have loved it. He truly enjoyed singing all the old Chetnik songs.
UPDATE: From good friend, Steve Kozobarich in Ohio for Jibby in Heaven! Click the link below!:
Brian MaMahon, President of Danberry National LTD, and a member of EAA #582 from Toledo, sent this email message:
“Art Jibilian lost his battle to leukemia over the weekend and passed away. Prior to Art entering the hospital for what turned out to be his chemo treatment, he must have had a premonition. One of the last discussions I had with Art was that:
In that regard, Art Jibilian would like to thank the following individuals and organizations in no particular order of importance. I will try to do this in the chronological order in which they took place:
– To Bill Hirzel and Capt. Bill David and all the Members of the EAA Chapter 582 for honoring me at their Air Show at Metcalf Airport
– To Bridgett David who provided medical and psychological comfort for me and my family during these trips to the Indy Championship Race
and Air Venture/Oshkosh.
– To the members of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport for flying me to that Air Show in their B-17
– To General A. J. Feucht, Jr., Col. Bartman, Capt. Bentley, Col. Mike Digby and all the members of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air Guard for that special event that took place at the Air Guard on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th of 2 years ago. I was especially honored to be installed as a “Honorary Colonel”.
– To racing legend – Scott Goodyear – for inviting Dr. Harold Brown and myself to the Indy Championship Race in Chicago last year
– To John Wagner and his family for flying me to Oshkosh
– To John Robinson Block, Dave Murray and Joe Zerbey from the TOLEDO BLADE and Jack Kelly of the PITTSBURG-POST GAZETTE for their articles and support in helping me share the fact that the Tuskegee Airmen flew cover for a number of these rescue missions.
Without the support of the Tuskegee
Airmen, we would not have been able to keep all 512 airmen escape from behind enemy lines and return us safely home.
– To my good friend Dr. Harold Brown and all of the Tuskegee Airmen for providing air cover during “Operation Halyard”.
– To Gregory Freeman for publishing THE FORGOTTEN 500 that allowed so many people to become aware of “Operation Halyard” and all the individuals
who participated in this rescue mission.
– To Danny Clisham of the EAA who allowed us to participated in the AirVenture/ Oshkosh program and gave me the opportunity to thank the Tuskegee Airmen for their efforts.
– To Tim Barzen and members of the RED TAIL REBORN for all of their efforts.
– To Brad Ball of NASCAR and Jack Roush of Roush Fenway Racing for their efforts to contact the national media.
– To Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, Dan Saevig, and Vern Snyder for including me and my
friend, Dr. Harold Brown in last year’s UT Homecoming and including us in the Parade of Heroes.
– To Joe Zerbey and the members of the Toledo Rotary providing me with the last opportunity to make a public presentation on Operation Halyard.
– To Mim, the Tesla Memorial Society and all the members of the Serbian community who worked so hard on my behalf.
On behalf of all of us who were touched by Art’s heroism, his final tribute was to donate his body to the University of Toledo’s Medical College for research. We want to thank his wife Jo and his daughter Debbie for sharing Art with us during what was a very difficult time.
From Marti Grimes in Florida:
“So sorry to hear of Jibby’s passing. He lived an extraordinary and most productive life and I am sure all who knew him pray that he is now in the hand of Our Lord!”
Thanks to Aleksandra Rebic for sharing this incredible interview conducted by Jose A. Amoros, Host and Executive Editor of the program, Foreign Policy and You on WPRR 1680 AM 95.3 FM, Public Reality Radio.
Jose interviewed Jibby and author Gregory Freeman simultaneously, on what would be Jibby’s last interview: March 17, 2010.
From SAM SUBOTICH:
On Mar 28, 2010, at 2:18 PM, Sam Subotich wrote:
Jibby’s memorial at the American Legion Hall in Fremont went REALLY well. Almost two hundred people half filled the large hall that was adorned with many of Jibby’s tributes, along with his crystal “Medal of Honor Nomination”, WWII uniform, medals, plus many, many pictures, a video, beautiful red, white and blue flower arrangement by rescued airmen Charles Davis with a wonderful letter. Family, friends and also Chetniks from Ravna Gora Cleveland, plus a 2 star General, and a Tuskegee Airmen who gave a nice speech. Light food and drink plus the beautiful hall made a very nice tribute.
Only two days before he died, I had talked on the phone to Jibby, thanking him for sending me the following RARE photo I needed for some research work. It was typical of Jibby’s efforts to readily assist until the very end of his battle!
Jibby and Nick Lalich visit the two Serbian officers on General Mihailovich’s staff who were blinded by the war.
He also sent the following info received from Charlie Davis, one of the rescued Air Men.
Click to enlarge about the Halyard Mission.
Wonderful tribute from the Tuskeegee Airmen
and the REDTAILS project:
Celebration of Life Ceremony
at the Legion Hall
3 American Legion Members
Brian McMahon & Pilot Mike Digby with the 180th Air National Guard in front of the traveling exhibit of Arthur’s memorabilia from the Northocoast Veterans Association.
Brian & Dan Weise and Bill Hirzel.
In 1946, the rescued U.S. Airmen banded together to try to attend the Kangaroo Trial General Draza Mihailovich was subjected to by Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia who already so unjustly pronounced him guilty of crimes against the people of Yugoslavia.
Luckily for us, the airmen from all over the United States kept a copy of every article that ever appeared in their local or national newspapers and magazines.
The capture of General Mihailovich was written about by Stanley Pieza, longtime newspaper reporter.
General Draza Miahilovich, Yugoslav hero, now being tried by a Marshall Tito court on charges of treason and Nazi collaboration was kidnapped by airplane by Tito’s Communists who posed as allied officers and friends, it was charged today in an official document.
Heretofore, no official explanation had been made of Mihailovich’s capture.
The sensational facts of the capture came to light in a document smuggled out of Yugoslavia into France, on to the United States and into the hands of U.S. government officials.
The document states that Tito’s followers masqueraded as allied airmen, speaking English and French, came down into Yugoslav mountains where Mihailovich was hidden, and took the sick and unconscious general in a plane under pretense of taking him to Italy for hospitalization.
OBTAINED BY H.A.
The document, obtained by the Herald-American, included states of Maj. Milos Markovich, commander of the Pozega Corps of the Royal Yugoslvan army which was stationed in the area of Trudovo village before May 13. According to the major’s report, Mihailovich became seriously ill with typhus in February. (Tito announced Mihailovich was captured March 13.)
Details of the capture, as reported, in the document follow:
“The supreme command arrived in the region situated south of Rudno on March 10, 1946. We have received medicants for our sick commander, Gen. Mihailovich, from this village.
“During one of the movements pamphlets were strewn over the area near Samengjevo, these evidently edited by Anglo-Americans, who informed us they have arrived to aid us with arms and ammunition. “On the following night, some planes reappeared over the area, flying very low. They dropped several packs of arms, ammunition and sanitary supplies so sadly needed, and which were of allied origin. One of the packs were (was) with instructions to designate the sport for landing the planes and how they should be marked and the time.
“In the afternoon of March 13, 1946, two planes appeared with allied insignia. Flying very low, they threw out some flares requesting that we indicate the landing spots.”
WEAR ALLIED UNIFORMS
After designating the field, the report continued, two planes landed and several officers, dressed in allied uniforms, stepped out of these planes. They spoke English and French to the Chetniks. The report continues:
“The three officers of the group were led to our staff headquarters and presented to our staff officers. Upon learning of the condition our chief commander, who had a very high fever and was unconscious, they said that they wanted to take our sick commander, Gen. Mihailovich, to Italy for a cure.
“We had him placed immediately in a plane in company of our two officers, while unconscious. At the same time, two other planes landed and nine officers, among them two non-commissioned officers, the personal attendants of the general, boarded the planes. Immediately following the take-off of the plane in which our commander was placed, the other planes followed.”
The ruse whereby their leader was captured was discovered soon after two squadrons of planes flew over the area, serving as signaling planes to ground forces of our enemy. The report went on:
“These planes dropped small gas bombs, overcoming our troops stationed to guard our supreme headquarters. Then we noticed motorized troops were coming in our direction from the area of Prihoj, which a new group of enemy planes began dropping parachutist troops upon the supreme headquarters. It was then that our troops realized finally that the enemy had employed a cowardly ruse to kidnap our commander.
“It was through such cowardly use of allied uniforms, planes, arms and ammunition the enemy accomplished this, which they could not do through combat. We lost between 3,000 and 4,000 warriors. Many of Tito’s men were also killed.”
The report further states that Mihailovich was brought to Sarajevo by the kidnapers, then to Belgrade, without regaining consciousness. He was kept alive by artificial nourishment, the statement said, adding that the general was unconscious for at least seven days.
By Stanley Pieza, 1946, p. 55 Natl. Com. Of Amer.Airmen Rescued by Gen. Draza Mihailovich
(Transcribed by Milana (Mim) Karlo Bizic, Sept. 2, 2014
(Stanley Pieza died age 88, retired Chicago reporter and editor, started as a police reporter in the 1920’s and then covered religion in the city for more than four decades for the Chicago Examiner and Chicago’s American and Chicago Today. He began with the Chicago Examiner at age 26. Read more: )
Young Draza in WWI, Hero!
The Draza the 512 Rescued U.S. Airmen knew, besides the 100+ other Allied airmen!
The Cica Draza, forever in our hearts and souls…
An $100,000 reward is being offered by the Serb National Defense to anyone who finds the grave of General Draza Mihailovich and proves the identity through DNA testing!
Gregory Freeman, author of the book THE FORGOTTEN 500, which detailed George’s pivotal role in Operation Halyard, is hown here at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.
His famous book:
Here’s the author’s website:
The names of the winners of the contest seen here were printed in the American SRBOBRAN in their entirety on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
Michele Popadich, age 15, Chicago Illinois.
Jovanka Potkonjak, age 11, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Marica Potkonjak, age 15, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Andjelka Potkanjak, age 12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Djuka Potkanjak, age 14, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Vasilije (Vaso) Katanic, age 10, Hermitage, PA (Farrell)
Dusica Solic, Age 15, Hermitage, Pennsylvania
Natasha Ignatowski, Age 11, Franklin, Wisconsin
Peter George Majetich, Age 12, Poland, Ohio.
Congratulations to ALL of the young people who entered this contest, including those listed above and also to those who entered the contest and submitted their fine book reports for consideration. Just by entering, you proved yourselves true sons and daughters of Liberty!
Thank you all very, very much!
It was a busy time for men in THE FORGOTTEN 500 this summer/fall 2010.
While George Vujnovich was being awarded THE BRONZE STAR, Captain George (GOV) Musulin was being inducted into the
Military Hall of Fame.
Thanks to Frank Lashinsky for sending this post:
“The above link takes you to a newspaper story, that tells the story of recent honors awarded to George Musulin.”
And meanwhile, back in Serbia, this video was being made of the Heavenly Cottages (Rajski-Konaci) near Pranjani. The man featured here, Slobodan Jevtovic, is one of the fellows, who along with his family helped CHARLIE DAVIS, one of the rescued airmen, for 3 months (hiding, feeding, guarding him with their lives!) This is now a 4 star village household and a place of exceptional village tourism. These cottages are in the village of Leusici, 30 km from Gornji Milanovac and Cacak, nestled among flowery meadows and orchards, hidden within the shades of an old plum orchard. Its been called an authentic paradise surrounded by the creeks and springs of crystal clear drinking water. Besides the great water, Lt. Col. John Cappello attests to the great KAYMAK they make here!
Tony Orsini, Tomislav Djurdjevich, and George Vujnovich, 10/17/10
St. Sava Cathedral, NYC
St. Sava’s website:
Inside of St. Sava’s Cathedral in NYC
Mim, thanks for sharing this with us. This is a moving story (George Vujnovich & Operation Halyard). Of course, I knew about this rescue, but what I didn’t know was that this has been the largest air rescue of American soldiers behind enemy lines in any war!
We owe these heroes to remember them, military and civilian alike, those who are still living and those who have passed away. They are the beacons of courage and humanity, they are human bridges of goodwill, they give meaning to the word ‘mankind’. We need to cherish the memory of their noble action for generations to come.
Post this into your Browser to see George Vujnovich accept his Bronze Star Award
Early St. Sava’s Day Celebrations
Already the Serbs in the Bay area were promoting this Panama-Pacific Exposition event in 1911 at their St. Sava’s Day festivities!
Below is a postcard of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
The “Servians” celebrated with the rest of the world too!
They Observed St. Sava’s Day Continued from lower left hand column…
How LUCKY we are to have this recorded history!
St. Sava’s greatest work was the opening of schools, which multiplied throughout the country. He educated a new choir of faithful clergy in place of the few (Jre.k missionaries left in the country.
It was in 1222 when the apostle of the Servians crowned his brother Dushan Emperor of the Serbs and Slaveni, his dominion having spread from the Adriatic to the Black Sea and “from the Danube to the Southern Archipelago.
The great and good Archbishop fixed a firm foundation for the Orthodox Christian church in the Balkan country by creating twelve dioceses and consecrating for them twelve Servian Bishops.
In praise of their first teacher the Slavonians in San Francisco sung their odes in their music and language, or which the great Sehaffarik in his Slavische Spracheund Literature says the following*
“Servian songs resemble the tune of the violin; old Slavonian that of the organ^ Polish that of a guitar. The old Slavonian in its psalms is like the loud rush of the mountain stream: the Polish like the bubbling and sparkling of a fountain, and the Servian like the quiet murmuring of a streamlet in the valley.”
The Servian holiday began Tuesday evening by a nocturnal service in their church on Powell Street. Yesterday morning the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was offered by Father Sebastian.
The officers of the society under whose auspices the banquet were given are as follows: President, J. Glavinovich; vice-president. IC Tasovac; treasurer. S. Jovovlch; recording secretary, S. Vucosavlievich; financial secretary, G. A. Dabovich.
The society has 140 members and is in a flourishing condition. Servians Give a Banquet. There was a largely attended banquet and tuitfitnlnmit. given by the Srpsko Jedinstvo Society at Pythian Castle last night.
The entertainment was in honor of the second anniversary of the society, and the following program was presented: Piano solo, fantasia, “Trovatore” (Verdi), Mrs. R. Trkovioh; recitation. “SlovInkinjasam Mala,” by Miss Minnie Kleciak; bass solo from opera “La Sonnambn!a” (Bellini),S. Crnogorac; piano solo, “Servian Potpourri,” Miss Mabel Mltrovich; s.’liratin solo, cavatina, “Barber of Seville” (Rossini), Mrs. <;. Crnogorac; tenor solo, from opera “(“rcsplno c la Comare” (Rlrcl). A. V. Sptletak; Spanish cachuca. Miss Olga de Curtoni; piano solo. “IIBoj,” from opera “Zrini” (Zaic). Miss Minnie Kleciak; duet, “La Danza.” (Panizza), Mr. and Mrs. Crnogorac.
To learn more about St. Sava, look here:
You win the Miss Oregon beauty contest as a “Bosnian” refugee, as did 24 yr. old SERBIAN beauty Danijela Krstic and one of the first things you do is take 45 Kosovo Serb children from the ghettos in Orahovac, Gorzacevac, Hoca and Pec to the Montenegrin coast for a summer vacation and a tour of the Orthodox holy sites! “The words of praise are too small for Danijela’s humanity and everything she has done for our children — we shall never forget this.”
(Milica Peric, teacher pedagogue)
The SERBIAN beauty and her family were forced to flee Alija Izetbegovic’s jihad forces from her hometown in Zvornik. We love you, Danijela! You’re proud of who you are, and boy, are we proud of YOU!”
You know you’re Serbian, when you know from a very young age, who and what you are, and love it!
Georgiana and Milica, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada! How I love this photo! Great memories!
For almost 20 years I’ve been reading “You Know You’re Serbian when….sayings on the Internet.
Most of the Serbianisms below have been gathered from the “You Know You’re Serbian” Facebook group and also from the Los Angeles, California website, www.LASERBS.com
I’ve selected a few here to share with you.
Your Mama makes a Kolach like this one made in Akron, OH on St. Sava’s Day!
From Protonica in California. Will post as soon as I find name on Facebook again!
Your day suddenly lights up when you meet another Serb.
You have 17 consonants and 2 vowels in your name.
Your mother and father expect you to “hit da books” and expect nothing less than A’s on your report cards.
A cold shiver runs down your spine when your mom threatens you by using the word “Tata” (Father) in a sentence.
Your Baba (Grandmother) calls all cereal “Corn Flakes” or calls the well-known salty snacks “Chip Potatoes.”
You celebrate Christmas and Easter and New Year’s 2 weeks after everyone else.
There’s at least one relative your family refuses to talk to.
At least one of your friends is named Dragan and your Asian friends love you because they think its Dragon.
You have a Serbian cross, flag, or icon hanging from your car mirror.
Your Mom uses butter instead of Crisco to fry everything.
You are somehow related to every 1 in 3 Serbian girls or boys.
Your grandparents pronounce three, thirteen and thirty three as tri, tirteen, and tirty tree.
When your parents constantly say you’ll end up a nobody if you don’t graduate from college. (They start saying this at age 1.)
You’re at a Zabava, and guys try to pick you up with the line, “Hey Baby, what’s your SLAVA?”
You live for the annual SerbFests/FolkFests/ FoodFests and/or SNF Golf, Basketball, Bowling Tournaments, or Serbian Singing Federation /SOCA Festivals.
You can’t wait to go back to Shadeland Camp for Tambura Week.
Whenever you kiss somebody, you kiss them 3 times!
You hear the word “Batina” and cringe or run for your life.
When the Baba Grapevine travels faster than the National Emergency Alert!
When you write on your history exam that Nikola Tesla is the Father of Electricity, not Thomas Edison, and your teacher fails you.
When your friends’ parents talk to you like they’re YOUR PARENTS too.
The word “SRAMOTA!” will deter you from anything.
Cevapcici on the grill are better than steak any day.
All Middle Easterners are called “Turci.”
A week after Slava, Bozic and Easter you are still eating Sarmas.
You can dance a kolo to anything, even trumpets playing “Moravac” in Guca!
When you sing “Djurdjevdan” at all Serbian parties.
Your Dad (Granddad) tells you “Dis is the TURD time I am telling you dis” and you are afraid to laugh!
When you look for last names that end in an “ic” or “ich”
Your favorite phrase is “Nema Problema.”
When people still think you’re from Siberia even though you’ve told them countless times its Serbia.
When you actually know what it means when Peja Stojakovic holds up three fingers.
Upon meeting another Serb, one of your first questions is, “What church do you go to?”
As a child, the Babas at your church caused you permanent brain damage from asphyxiation by pressing your face into their ample bosoms while shouting, “O joj, Zlato!” over and over again.
You have a doily covering your DVD, VRC, printer and scanner.
Your church has a fully loaded bar.
Rakija is used to cure all illnesses, celebrate ll occasions and is used as a massage lotion.
Almost all of your relatives who emigrate from the Old Country are engineers.
You know the ‘Electrical’ answer already to “What kind of engineer are you?” when you meet an American Serb engineer for the first time? (Thanks to Nikola Tesla!)
When your brother makes the groom’s side of the family bid for you, before he lets you (the Bride) come out of the house.
“Svatovac” is strummed by the tambura/accordion orchestra when the bridal negotiations are successfully settled and cheers arouse from the whole neighborhood watching the proceedings.
You’re crowned King and Queen of your household in Church during your wedding and told to multiply like Rebekah.
Your Baba and/or Djedo live in your basement.
You think everything is a conspiracy.
You base your future life on the fortune in your coffee cup.
You have a picture of Kosovka Devojka in your house.
All other action stops when you hear the music “Boze Pravde.”
Your parents know everything you did at the basketball tournament before you get home.
A Serbian baby shower is as big as most American weddings!
Your friends can’t understand why your summer vacation consisted of playing golf in a town called Farrell or Aliquippa.
You’re watching your favorite basketball team and someone scores a three pointer you interpret the referee’s 3 fingers in the air as support for Serbia.
There’s a bust of Cica Draza on your living room wall and a hand-made afghan over the chair.
After a few years of working, you get sick every January 7, 14 and 20th.
You’re the only one on your block who still has Christmas lights up till well past Dec. 25.
You delight every time you hear +Karl Malden say the name “Mladen Sekulovich” somewhere in a TV Show or movie!
You think there’s nothing better in the world than dipping bread into the roasted lamb or pig drippings.
If you were taught to love not just your immediate family but up to your 10th cousin or more and NOT to marry them.
You tell Americans where you’re from and you end up explaining the entire history of Yugoslavia.
When you think there are only 2 types of people in this word….. the Serbians and everyone who wishes they were. (Button on Serbian doll: “Kiss me, I’m Serbian!”)
Vaso, Vasilije, Vukosav, Dusanka, Dusica, Vukosava and Bogdan and Bozidar and so many more! See below for a good list!
you find out more about your proud Serbian roots here, like Tony Zoroya did, and proudly display your new shirt!
You know you’re Serbian when you really love and honor your Tata, Bob Sparcie, on his 80th Birthday at the Men’s Club Picnic at the St. Elijah Serbian picnic grounds!
Happy Birthday, Bob! Shown here, 4 beautiful daughters, one handsome grandson! JT Sergeant!
(Click bottom right hand side of photo to enlarge.)
You know you’re Serbian when you know who Slobodan Zelich was, and you hope his memory lives on forever!
“Za Cast i Slavu Srbije”
He was an outstanding educator! Thanks, Slobodan!
You know you’re Serbian when the name “Libertyville” means something to you.
You know you’re Serbian when you think nothing of even traveling to another STATE, just to participate in Pittsburgh 3-Day!
(Click photo to enlarge!)
These Lackawanna, NY kids are Super Serbs!
You know you’re Serbian when you think there are only 2 types of people in this word….. the Serbians and everyone who wishes they were Serbian.
You know you’re Serbian when you want to share a really good website with other Serbs!
The L.A. Serbs have a tremendous section on their website of words to Serbian Songs. View it here:
615 Iron City Drive, Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15205:
Contact Miloš Rastović
The SNF Preserves:
Serbian national heritage, cutlure, traditions, history and music.
You know you’re Serbian when your Baba and Djedo sign you up as a SNF member as soon as they learn your official name after you’re born!
You know you’re Serbian when you find yourself humming along to SVILEN KONAC or SILVER THREAD.
Svilen konac, srbijanski kroj.
Sitna zica, vezak tanak.
Ja malena, a ti sladak, joj.
hej, milovanje moje sa Morave.
ja malena isprosena
Svilen konac pletem od sna.
Tanka predja srcem se tka,
pa se pokida.
Hej, tugo moja,
YouTube Video by Beogradjanka 21
When you support organizations like the IOCC,
Serbian Unity Congress,
Serb National Defense, etc.
and send a small donation to any Serbian Orthodox church in the USA that needs help!
Samo Sloga Srbina Spasova!
You know YOU’RE Serbian, when your last name is PUHAR!
Thanks to Pete for sending!
I just LOVE this photo!
You know you’re Serbian and see a beautiful display of Serbian artifacts like Obrad Kesic did while speaking in the Midwest, and sent this photos along.
Click on lower right hand corner of photos to enlarge.
Please understand I use American Serb and Serbian American interchangeably. We were always taught to think of ourselves as Americans first, last and always, but to always be proud of, and never forget our Serbian heritage. Hence in the Pittsburgh area, “American Serb” is the most frequent term used, putting the emphasis on America first.
Probably the most notable of ALL American Serbs is Nikola Tesla, the famous inventor from the village of Smiljan, then in part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His father was a Serbian Orthodox priest, and his mother could trace 8 generations of Serbian Orthodox priests on her side of the family.
One of the VERY best sites on Nikola Tesla is right here!:
You can learn so much about Tesla from the Tesla Memorial Society, so always start there first!
Unveiling ceremonies on the Canadian side……
Canadian Tesla Dedication
Here are some Serbs visiting the Tesla Memorial on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls which was first unveiled on July 9, 2006.
And here’s the Tesla Monument on the American side:
From Filip Tomasevic in Belgrade comes this info:
A state funeral was held at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City. Telegrams of condolence were received from many notables, including the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice President Wallace. Over 2000 people attended, including several Nobel Laureates. He was cremated in Ardsley on the Hudson, New York. His ashes were interned in a golden sphere, Tesla’s favorite shape, on permanent display at the Tesla Museum in Belgrade along with his death mask.
In his speech presenting Tesla with the Edison medal, Vice President Behrend of the Institute of Electrical Engineers eloquently expressed the following: “Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world the result of Mr. Tesla’s work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark and our mills would be idle and dead. His name marks an epoch in the advance of electrical science.” Mr. Behrend ended his speech with a paraphrase of Pope’s lines on Newton: “Nature and nature’s laws lay hid by night. God said ‘Let Tesla be’ and all was light.”
“The world will wait a long time for Nikola Tesla’s equal in achievement and imagination.” E. ARMSTRONG
In 1917, Tesla was awarded the Edison Medal, the most coveted electrical prize in the United States.
Nikola Tesla’s name has been honored with an International Unit of Magnetic Flux Density called “Tesla.”
The United States Postal Service honored Tesla with a commemorative stamp in 1983.
Tesla was inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 1975.
The Nikola Tesla Award is one of the most distinguished honors presented by the Institute of Electrical Engineers. The award has been given annually since 1976.
The Nikola Tesla Statue is located on Goat Island to honor the man whose inventions were incorporated into the Niagara Falls Power Station in 1895. Tesla is known as the inventor of polyphase alternating current.
The Nikola Tesla Corner Sign, located at the intersection of 40th St. and 6th Ave. in Manhattan, is a constant reminder to all New Yorkers of the greatness of this genius.
And who can forget the many contributions of Michael Pupin? He helped sponsor so many of the early American Serb churches along with Nikola Tesla. It was Pupin who raised contingents of Serbian American volunteers to help Serbia in WWI. (They were called the “Dobrovoljci”.) Pupin is famous for so many things: the long distance telephone, being on President Woodrow Wilson’s First Air Council, and for earning a Pulitzer Prize for his book called FROM IMMIGRANT TO INVENTOR are just a few! There’s a building named after the famous professor in Columbia University.
Here’s another good one!
Mimo from Galveston says to not forget the artist Tanasko Milovich from St. Louis.
Look here!: www.askart.com
Another famous artist and iconographer was Alex Dzigurski. Read more about him at this —->Serbian Unity Congress site called “Blago.”
Mr. Dzigurski made the icons for St. Elijah (Aliquippa) and St. Sava’s (McKeesport), but he sold paintings to large corporations for over $30,000 decades ago! His daughter, Jelena Kolarovich, made the mosaic above St. Elijah’s doors while her father was painting inside! Jelena was also a very successful California businesswoman along with her husband George, with their winery!
We’re proud of the work Dr. Mateja Matejic started at the Hilandar Research Library for Medieval Slavic Studies at Ohio State University and carried on by his learned son, Dr. Predrag Matejic! Check out the website here to learn more:
The Dapcevich family from Alaska is absolutely amazing in what they’ve been able to achieve! John Dapcevich was Mayor of Sitka, Alaska for five terms, a total of twelve years. Velimir (“Bill”) Dapcevich was the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the whole state of Alaska. Don Dapcevich was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and was the state’s Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program. Sister Vi (Ljubica Dapcevich Cope) is one of Juneau, Alaska’s most respected and well-loved business-women. Indeed, her nickname is “Mrs. Juneau!” Niece Djordjina is the head of the Veterans Retirement Center and Veterans Affairs! One of Bill’s grandsons is a Navy Seal.
At the Mendenhall Glacier!
Like father, like son! Just got an email (6/27/08!) from MARKO Dapcevich, telling me he’s finishing up his 2nd term as Mayor in Sitka, and is currently a candidate for State House. Marko says in 1971 Sitka unified the borough becoming the largest city (land wise) in America. That’s when his dad first became Mayor. Marko says to not forget about his Grandfather either, who helped organize the workers for safe and fair conditions!
Speaking more about Alaska, we have (Serb) Bill Ray, an influential State Senator from Juneau in the 70’s & ’80’s.
Frank Peratrovich, a Tlingit-Serb, helped shape Native politics for a generation.
Elizabeth Peratovic (Native Alaskan) 1911-1958, was an Alaska Civil Rights Leader….married to Frank Peratrovich’s brother, Roy.
Mike Stepovich was appointed by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the last territorial Governor of Alaska in 1959.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, Mike Yankovich was a very successful potato farmer, leaving all of his acreage to the Univ. of Alaska in Fairbanks that allowed them to greatly expand their campus!
At the Capital’s government building, there is a special hall of the Legislative wing dedicated to the late Alex Miller (Milaich), a prominent Democrat and lobbyist who had a major influence on legislation in the ’70’s, ’80’s.
(Read more in the American SRBOBRAN, 17 Sept. 2003, pp. 7-9, “Eureka! Pittsburghers Find Gold In Alaska!”)
There are the famous American Serb brother architects, Lou and Dennis Astorino from Pittsburgh, well-known for their generosity as well as their spectacular achievements of being architects of record for the well-loved PNC Baseball Park in Pittsburgh, and countless other projects in Healthcare, research facilities, residential, cultural and commercial buildings. Lou was the designer of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in the Vatican for which he achieved much acclaim. The brothers were considered the finest & most trusted “caretakers” of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” home he built for the Kaufmann family, preserving the architectural masterpiece for two decades already! The two serve on various Boards of Directors helping the city and nation to be the best!
Wayne S. Vucinich was the Father of East European Studies who passed away at age 91. He was the beloved mentor to thousands of students during his 5 decades at Stanford University. He wrote and edited many books. A member of the OSS, (forerunner of the FBI and CIA) he was skillful, legendary.
Alex Dragnich was Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University and the author of many books, especially on Kosovo and the illegal break-up of Yugoslavia.
Dr. George Vid Tomasevich was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at NY State College in Buffalo and the author of many books, including THE HISTORY OF THE SERBS. +++++++++++++++++++
Dr. Ron (Karlo) Kneib is a well-known research Marine Biologist in Sapello Island, GA.
Ray Zakovich is a Retired Supervisory Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service.
Ray, far right, receives congratulatons from his relatives after his speech addressing the ASERBS high school scholarship awardees in Aliquippa! Ray Zakovich guarded many U.S. Presidents from Kennedy on up! We are all proud of his accomplishments and honored that he’s still doing great things in Kansas City, Kansas!
The Zernich Family from Aliquippa is synonymous with the University of Pittsburgh. Three brothers (Steve, Wally and Mickey) are became doctors after distinguished athletic careers also at Pitt, and their sister, Nadine, graduated in Education. Mickey donated $250,000 for the Locker Room for the men’s basketball team in the new Petersen Events Center. Mickey is responsible for initiating and funding the Varsity Walk outside the Cathedral of Learning.
Aliquippa was lucky as it also had the Kavic Brothers– all doctors! Dr. Michael, Dr. Alex, Dr. Tommy, Dr. Timmy!
Did you ever see a BIGGER award? This one was given to Pittsburgh educator Ned Mrvos, in 2005!
John and Desanka Mamula were both well-known lawyers, and even more generous givers to all causes Serbian. They were Kumovi of their St. Mary’s Church in Clariton, PA numerous times. Desanka was recognized by the Serbian Bar Association as being the FIRST American- born woman of Serbian descent to obtain her law degree in 1941, presenting her with the Czar Dushan Award in 1995.
The Stojkovich Family of Chicago were very successful in their Nursing Homes businesses and shared their wealth generously with the New Gracanica Monastery. For instance, they donated the hand carved Monastery doors at New Gracanica’s Most Holy Mother of God Monastery which depict twenty-three (23) monasteries and churches from various regions of Serbia. The Stojkovichs gave thousands and thousands of dollars to the Monastery as we would give hundreds or tens. But their ultimate gift was when their one year old grandson, Nicholas, gave $100,000.00 to help the cause! What blessed, beloved Serbs they were! And how they led by example! They will NEVER be forgotten! Dragica also served as KSS Chairperson for the Diocese for years and years!
We’re very proud of the roots from our U.S. Senator, George Voinovich from Ohio, and U.S. Congress- woman, Melissa Bean, of Illinois.
Speaking of Illinois, we can’t forget that Adam Popovich was honored in the 1970’s, the first year of the National Ethnic Treasures Heritage award. He was also recognized the same year in the state of ILLINOIS for his contributions to preserving the state’s ethnic heritage. ALL–every member– of the Popovich family is considered ETHNIC TREASURES in my book!
We have outstanding Dentists who have contributed so much to America. Dr. Dan Pyevich (Silvis, IL and Phoenix, Arizona)is a writer and also was President of the SNF for many years. Dr. Rick Zivic also directs the Kosovo Men’s Choir in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Debbie Studen-Pavlovich has taught at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dentistry for many years and has been an international circuit speaker all over the world on modern dentistry.
More coming! AND, I welcome your suggestions for more, more, more!
Kum Bob Susnjer, computer expert, tambura expert, etc.
This must have been @1980!
I have always loved my Kum, Bob Susnjer, but today, even more so, if possible! He sent me this list to share with all of you that he has worked on for a long time (You can tell just by looking at it!). God bless him and grant him “Many, many years!” So far, there are 271 (now almost 500!) people listed and I’m sure he’ll be adding to that all the time too! Bob knows what SRPSTVO is. It’s all of us working together for the common good! Please take time to see this excellent piece of work from a computer expert who also plays a mean bass for many tamburitza orchestras! Thanks Kum!
(Click on link above)
Update: Kum Bob continues to add new names to the list.
On 3/8/09, The Dunav Tamburitzan Orchestra was inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame! This HALL OF FAME includes Henry Mancini, Nick Hayden and Don Knezevich. Dunav is the first tamburitza group to be so recognized. Congratulations to the group that was honored on Sunday, May 3, 2009. (See more information on the INTERESTING TIDBITS page of this website!