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Josip Jović
Jović during his military service in the Yugoslav People's Army around 1989.
Jović during his military service in the Yugoslav People's Army around 1989.
Born (1969-11-21)21 November 1969
Aržano, Imotski, SFR Yugoslavia, (now Croatia)
Died 31 March 1991(1991-03-31) (aged 21)
Plitvice, Croatia
Nationality Croat

Josip Jović (21 November 1969 - 31 March 1991) was Croatian police officer who was killed by Serb forces during Plitvice Lakes incident. He is widely known as the first Croatian victim of the Croatian War of Independence.[1]

Jović was born on 29 November 1969 in a small village Aržano, near Imotski, to Filip and Marija Jović. He was raised with four siblings, brother Tomislav and sisters Franka, Mirna and Anita. In Zagreb, on 5 August 1990, Jović joined the Croatian Ministry of the Interior Unit for Special Purposes Rakitje. On 29 March 1991, the Plitvice Lakes management was expelled by rebel Krajina Serb police[2] under the control of Milan Martić,[3] supported by paramilitary volunteers from Serbia proper under the command of Vojislav Šešelj.[4] On Easter Sunday, 31 March 1991, Croatian police from the Croatian Ministry of the Interior (MUP) entered the national park to expel the rebel Serb forces. Serb paramilitaries ambushed a bus carrying Croatian police into the national park on the road north of Korenica, sparking a day-long gun battle between the two sides. Jovic was struck by burst fire at the post office building, penetrating his bulletproof vest. His colleague Mladen Pavković later described Jović's last moments before he was transferred to the ambulance. When the helicopter of the Yugoslav People's Army landed to transfer him to hospital, he was already dead. Jović was buried with military honors at the cemetery in his birthplace Aržano.[5][6]

Honors[edit | edit source]

Jović was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major General. He was awarded with Order of Petar Zrinski and Fran Krsto Frankopan, Homeland War Memorial Medal, 1st Guards Brigade Memorial badge and Memorial Medal of the 1st killed Ministry of the Interior police officer during Croatian War of Independence.[5]

On 29 September 2011 Prime Minister of Croatia Jadranka Kosor opened the "Police Academy Josip Jović" in Jović's honour.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "UBIUDR: Josip Jović Junak Domovinskog rata" (in Croatian). Nacional. 2011-12-17. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. http://archive.is/40lP. 
  2. Ian Jeffries, Socialist Economies and the Transition to the Market: A Guide, p. 465. Routledge, 1993. ISBN 0-415-07580-7
  3. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Prosecutor against Milan Martić: Amended Indictment, 14 July 2003
  4. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Prosecutor against Vojislav Šešelj: Indictment, 15 January 2003
  5. 5.0 5.1 "In memoriam: Josip Jović" (in Croatian). Ministry of the Interior (Croatia). 29 March 2011. http://www.mup.hr/88982.aspx. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  6. "Da nije bilo Josipa Jovića i ostalih junaka, ne bi bilo Hrvatske" (in Croatian). Dalmacija News. 26 September 2012. http://www.dalmacijanews.com/Vijesti/View/tabid/74/ID/100226/Da-nije-bilo-Josipa-Jovica-i-ostalih-junaka-ne-bi-bilo-Hrvatske.aspx. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  7. "Obilježen početak rada Srednje policijske škole "Josip Jović"" (in Croatian). 2011-09-29. http://www.vecernji.hr/vijesti/obiljezen-pocetak-rada-srednje-policijske-skole-josip-jovic-clanak-331551. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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