George Vujnovich, an O.S.S. agent in World War II who oversaw the rescue of more than 500 downed Allied airmen from German-occupied Yugoslavia, his parents’ homeland, died Tuesday in Queens. He was 96.
His death was announced by his family.
To his friends and neighbors in his Jackson Heights neighborhood, Mr. Vujnovich was a businessman who supplied parts to aircraft companies. But in October 2010, he was formally recognized for organizing one of the greatest rescue efforts of World War II when the Army awarded him a bronze star in a ceremony at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan.