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George Vujnovich dies at 96; leader of daring World War II rescue

In 1944, as head of the Office of Strategic Services in Bari, Italy, George Vujnovich guided a team of agents who worked with Yugoslav guerrilla leader Draza Mihailovich to airlift more than 500 airmen from a makeshift runway carved on a mountaintop in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. The World War II air rescue mission, "Operation Halyard," was relatively obscure until the 2007 release of "The Forgotten 500," a book by Gregory Freeman. "We didn't lose a single man. It's an interesting history. Even in Serbia, they don't know much about it," Vujnovich told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2008, when he accepted an award from the OSS Society. Vujnovich...

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