| George remained in the Air Force and retired as a Colonel at Whiteman AFB in Knob |
Noster, MO and lived in Warrensburg, Missouri. During his service he received
recognition as an Air Force Command Pilot and was awarded membership in the
B-47 1000 hour club. He also received the highest grade average in the Air Training
Command Missile Supervisors and Planning course. George was awarded the Air Medal ,
Purple Heart, Congressional Prisoner of War, WWII Victory Medal, three Theatre of
Operations, Germany Occupation, and Good Conduct Medals. In 1992 he moved
to Lee's Summit, MO where his son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren live. Currently
his business card reads that he is a board member of "Livewell, Dolittle and Sitmore".
On March 11, 1999 the House of Representatives of the State of Missouri issued House
Resolution No. 378 honoring George Lesko for his lifetime achievements.
George was with the group of former POWs to return to Barth, Germany in April 2000
and at that time he fulfilled a wish he had made to himself on that day in May 1945, when
he was flown out of Barth. That wish was to pilot a plane back into Barth one day. See
George landing plane in Barth
April 18, 2000!