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Vukašin Šoškoćanin

Vukašin Šoškoćanin
Nickname(s) Vule, Šoša
Born (1958-06-24)24 June 1958
Borovo Selo, Yugoslavia
Died 15 May 1991(1991-05-15) (aged 32)
The Danube, Yugoslavia
Buried at Bođani Monastery, Vojvodina, Serbia
Allegiance SFR Yugoslavia
SAO Krajina SAO Krajina
Years of service 1990–1991
Rank Commander
Battles/wars Battle of Borovo Selo

Vukašin Šoškoćanin (Serbian: Вукашин Шошкоћанин; 1958–1991) was a Serbian war commander. He was president of the Borovo commune and commander of the Borovo Selo Territorial Defense Force during the war in Croatia.

Contents

  • Life 1
  • Death 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life

Born to parents Milan and Ljubica on 24 June 1958, he was a member of the Serb Democratic Party.[1] Before the war, he was a veterinary technician in Vukovar. He had two brothers named Radovan and Dušan.

Death

Circumstances surrounding his death are still relatively unknown. On May 15, 1991 at around 10:30 AM, while returning from a visit to a refugee camp in Vojvodina, he drowned in the Danube river in a "boating accident."[2] Then-politician Milan Paroški publicly questioned the official cause of death and claimed that frogmen (probably either members of the Yugoslav People's Army River Flotilla or the Serbian State Security Service) were responsible for Šoškoćanin's death.[3] Paroški also claimed that Šoškoćanin was "an excellent swimmer."[4] His death is still labelled under "mysterious circumstances."[5]

After his death, an elementary school in Borovo was named after him.[6] He was posthumously awarded the title of "hero of the people" in a Serbian meeting in Beli Manastir on September 25, 1991.[7] On February 21, 1992, a street in Ilok was renamed from Strossmayer Street to Vukašin Šoškoćanin Street.[8]

Memorials to Šoškoćanin in Borovo were discovered in 2011, causing outrage to some Croats.[9]

References

  1. ^ http://www.mup.hr/main.aspx?id=10351
  2. ^ Dan Stets,  
  3. ^ Pogledi, issue number 138, pages 16-17, 03-09-1993. YU ISSN 0353-3832
  4. ^ Pogledi, issue number 138, pages 16-17, 03-09-1993. YU ISSN 0353-3832
  5. ^ http://www.b92.net/specijal/vukovar-eng/press13.php
  6. ^ http://www.udbina.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1199:godinjica-otpora-u-borovom-selu-borovo-selo-2-maja&catid=108:domovinski-rat&Itemid=135
  7. ^ http://blog.vecernji.hr/sandra-sabljak/2011/04/23/sramota-spomenici-koji-velicaju-krvnika-a-omalovazavaju-zrtvu/
  8. ^
  9. ^ http://www.tjednik.hr/tema-tjedna/citaj/1989/-etni-ki-spomenici-u-Hrvatskoj

External links

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