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Davor Jović
Birth name Davor Jović
Born 1956
Died November 27, 2017
Place of birth Duge Njive, Yugoslavia
Place of death Vrgorac,Croatia
Allegiance  Croatia
Service/branch Croatian National Guard
Croatian Army
Years of service 1991–2003
Rank Major
Unit 4th Guards Brigade
Battles/wars Croatian War of Independence
 • Operation Tiger
 • Operation Maslenica
 • Operation Storm
War in Bosnia
 • Battle of Mostar
 • Operation Mistral
 • Operation Southern Move

Davor Jović (1956 – November 27, 2017) was a prominent Croatian soldier, kickboxer and kickboxing trainer.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Before Croatian War of Independence Jović worked in company Metal-Plastika from Makarska. He was also a champion of Yugoslavia in full-contact in 1984 and 1989.[1] and worked as a bouncer in night clubs.[2]

Croatian War of Independence[edit | edit source]

In 1991. he joined Croatian National Guard where, at first, he was assigned to do the physical preparation of Croatian soldiers. He took part in Battle of Barracks, after which his company was transfered to 4th Guards Brigade of Croatian Army. He soon again saw action at battlefields near Zadar and Mostar in 1992. He survived a chemical attack near Mostar when Yugoslav People Army's aviation dropped poison gas on he and his men,[3] which took toll on his liver.[4] Nevertheless, that same year he took part in Operation Tiger. whose goal was to push Serb forces away from Dubrovnik towards inner Herzegovina. During the course of action, he was severely wounded while he was attempting to fire M80 Zolja at enemy machine gun nest. His fellow soldiers carried him for 3 hours across the rough stone terrain towards the nearest hospital.

By 1993, he recovered and was again leading Croatian attack in Operation Maslenica, during which he stepped on a mine while he was carrying his wounded comrade.[5] As he was second time wounded, hospital doctors wanted to give him eighty percent disability status which would prevent him to go back in action. He rejected that saying he wants to go back to the battlefield, so doctors gave him "only" fifty percent disability.[6] Afterwards, that same year he spent six months in officers school in Zagreb after which he returned back to 4th Guards Brigade, where he remained until the end of war.

Post war[edit | edit source]

In 1997., he took part in 76 kilometers long soldier marathon that he won after running for eight hours and seventeen minutes. He ended the run being "eight kilos lighter" and losing all ten nails on his feet. This victory earned him the title of "The Best Soldier of Croatian Armed Forces".[7] He retired from Croatian Army in 2003. and founded a Kickboxing club "Sveti Jure" in Vrgorac.[8] He was a close friend of Croatian general and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević.[9]

Death[edit | edit source]

In November 2017., Jović felt ill as he was driving his car and soon lost consciousness. He passed away before the paramedics could help him, in the age of 61.[10] His funeral was attended by 2,500 people including Damir Krstičević who also came in a role of special envoy of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, mountaineer Stipe Božić, Dragan Primorac and many other prominent Croats.[11]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Umro Davor Jović, heroj Domovinskog rata i prvi najbolji vojnik RH | Jabuka.tv" (in hr). https://www.jabuka.tv/umro-davor-jovic-heroj-domovinskog-rata-i-prvi-najbolji-vojnik-rh/. 
  2. "FACA IZ VRGORCA Jović: Sebi sam ‘sredio’ niži invaliditet" (in hr-HR). Slobodna Dalmacija. http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/novosti/hrvatska/clanak/id/95108/faca-iz-vrgorca-davor-jovic-sebi-sam-sredio-nizi-invaliditet. 
  3. "FACA IZ VRGORCA Jović: Sebi sam ‘sredio’ niži invaliditet" (in hr-HR). Slobodna Dalmacija. http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/novosti/hrvatska/clanak/id/95108/faca-iz-vrgorca-davor-jovic-sebi-sam-sredio-nizi-invaliditet. 
  4. "Davor Jović - junak Domovinskog rata" (in hr). https://vojnapovijest.vecernji.hr/vojna-povijest/davor-jovic-junak-domovinskog-rata-1210545. 
  5. "FACA IZ VRGORCA Jović: Sebi sam ‘sredio’ niži invaliditet" (in hr-HR). Slobodna Dalmacija. http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/novosti/hrvatska/clanak/id/95108/faca-iz-vrgorca-davor-jovic-sebi-sam-sredio-nizi-invaliditet. 
  6. "Preminuo Davor Jović, istinski heroj Domovinskog rata" (in hr). https://www.dalmacijadanas.hr/preminuo-davor-jovic-istinski-heroj-domovinskog-rata. 
  7. "Preminuo junak Domovinskog rata Davor Jović" (in hr-HR). https://kamenjar.com/preminuo-junak-domovinskog-rata-davor-jovic/. 
  8. "Umro Davor Jović, heroj Domovinskog rata i prvi najbolji vojnik RH | Jabuka.tv" (in hr). https://www.jabuka.tv/umro-davor-jovic-heroj-domovinskog-rata-i-prvi-najbolji-vojnik-rh/. 
  9. "Pokopan Davor Jović; ministar Krstičević: Umrla je legenda". tportal.hr. https://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/clanak/pokopan-davor-jovic-ministar-krsticevic-umrla-je-legenda-foto-20171129. 
  10. "Preminuo poznati kickboxing trener Davor Jović" (in hr). http://fightsite.hr/rubrike/vijesti-iz-regije/preminuo-poznati-kickboxing-trener-davor-jovic/. 
  11. "Vrgoračka krajina ovakav sprovod ne pamti: više od dvije i pol tisuće ljudi na ispraćaju Davora Jovića, viđena brojna poznata lica, general Krstičević u suzama se oprostio od svog brata" (in hr-HR). Slobodna Dalmacija. http://slobodnadalmacija.hr/dalmacija/split-zupanija/clanak/id/519417/vrgoracka-krajina-ovakav-sprovod-ne-pamti-vise-od-dvije-i-pol-tisuce-ljudi-na-ispracaju-davora-jovica-viena-brojna-poznata-lica-general-krsticevic-u-suzama-se-oprostio-od-svog-brata. 

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