WTOL Editorial: Jibilian's acclaim long overdue

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

Art Jibilian, a native of northwest Ohio, was a hero in World War II. He was a key participant in the rescue of more than 500 downed US Airmen in the mountains of Serbia.

Because of the political nightmare that Eastern Europe became for the United States following the war, the remarkable story of this rescue was suppressed by the U.S. Government.

Recently a book, "The Forgotten 500" was published. This book documents Mr. Jibilian's selfless and heroic actions to save his fellow airmen.

Congressman Bob Latta has introduced a Bill to award Mr. Jibilian a Congressional Medal of Honor. Last week, Jibilian was also a featured star of the largest air show in America at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

There is even talk that some huge stars in Hollywood are considering this true adventure for a movie.

It is heartwarming to see 'Jibby' finally get the acclaim and honor he so richly deserves.