Harold Hayes, then and now

Harold Hayes, then and now

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – The last remaining survivor of a 1943 military crash landing and rescue from Nazi-controlled Albania was a featured guest at a Veterans Day weekend reunion in Arlington National Cemetery.

Harold Hayes, now 91 years old, was one of about 30 Army medics and nurses forced to crash land in Albania in November 1943. He and the others survived and were eventually rescued from behind enemy lines with help from families connected to the Albanian resistance.

At the cemetery’s Women in Military Service for America Memorial Saturday, Hayes and families of the crash survivors and the Albanians who came to their aid gathered for a reunion.

The previously classified story is told in a recent book “The Secret Rescue” by Cate Lineberry.