The United States is recognizing Polish diplomats who assisted American citizens in conflict-torn Syria earlier this year.

Among other tasks, the five diplomats helped identify and recover from Syria the body of U.S. citizen Marie Colvin, a veteran correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, who was killed in shelling in the city of Homs in February.

The Polish team, led by Ambassador Adam Kulach, watched over American interests from the Polish Embassy in Damascus after the U.S. Embassy there closed in February as security deteriorated. Poland has since also closed its mission.

During a ceremony at his residence in Warsaw on Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein told the Polish diplomats: "Americans deeply appreciate the service which you provided."