Sunday, April 22, 2012

Greek Veteran tells of his service in the Greek-American Operational Group of the 122nd Infantry Battalion - World War II



Greek Veteran tells of his service in the Greek-American Operational Group of the 122nd Infantry Battalion - World War II - in an article titled "At Alameda's Hornet, man to tell of WWII service in Greek Unit" by Peter Hegarty - published in The Oakland Tribune, April 19, 2012.


"OAKLAND - They were American soldiers who volunteered for some of the most hazardous duty in World War II, serving behind enemy lines where falling into Nazi hands could mean torture and execution.


But they also were sons of immigrants whose knowledge of European culture and languages made them ideal for the Office of Strategic Services, the U.S. intelligence agency that coordinated espionage and other activities behind the lines.


"We heard that there was a unit being formed of Greek-American volunteers," said Andrew Mousalimas, 87.  "My parents were from Greece, and my friends and I had grown up in the Greek community in Oakland.  We wanted to be part of it.  We also wanted to stay together.""
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