Near Libertyville in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
General Dragoljub Mihailovich
Legion of Merit Chief Commander
General Dragoljub Mihailovich distinguished himself in an outstanding manner as Commander-in-Chief of the Yugoslavian Army Forces and later as Minister of War by organizing and leading important resistance forces against the enemy which occupied Yugoslavia, from December 1941 to December 1944. Through the undaunted efforts of his troops, many United States airmen were rescued and returned safely to friendly control. General Mihailovich and his forces, although lacking adequate supplies, and fighting under extreme hardships, contributed materially to the Allied cause, and were instrumental in obtaining a final Allied victory.
- Harry S. Truman, March 29, 1948.
The unparalleled rescue of over 500 American Airmen from capture by the Enemy Occupation Forces in Yugoslavia during World War II by General Dragoljub Mihailovich and his Chetnik Freedom Fighters for which this "Legion of Merit" medal was awarded by President Harry Truman, also represents a token of deep personal appreciation and respect by all those rescued American Airmen and their descendants, who will be forever grateful.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 42° 20.015′ N, 87° 57.087′ W. Marker is near Libertyville, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from Illinois Route 21. Marker is on the grounds of St. Sava Monastery. Just southwest of the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32377 North Illinois Route 21, Libertyville IL 60048, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Serbian Orthodox Monastery of St. Sava (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mother Rudd Barn (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cook Memorial Library (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Story of This Land (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Rondout Train Robbery (approx. 4.6 miles away); 164 Hawley (approx. 4.6 miles away); St. Andrew Church Bell (approx. 4.6 miles away); Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Libertyville.
Also see . . . General Draza Mihailovic- Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 24, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.