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Aleksandar Berić

Aleksandar Berić

He was born on June 13, 1906, in Novi Bečej. He graduated from the Military Academy in Dubrovnik in 1929. Shortly thereafter, he became a lieutenant of the first-class warship and the commander of one of the four river monitors that the Kingdom of Yugoslavia had at the time, specifically the monitor "Drava," which patrolled the Sava River the most.

The military ship weighed 526 tons, had a speed of 13 knots per hour. It had two cannons and three 120mm caliber howitzers in turrets, along with two anti-aircraft guns of 66mm and seven machine guns.

In the April War of 1941, he supported the withdrawal of the Yugoslav army towards the south. With the proclamation of the Independent State of Croatia on April 10 and the Hungarian attack on Yugoslavia the next day, fierce battles began on the Sava River.

Aleksandar BerićOn April 12, 1941, "Drava" was attacked in the morning by nine German Stukas. One enemy plane was shot down, but soon the left side of the ship, where the engine room was located, was hit, and the ship began to sink.

Berić ordered eighty sailors to abandon the ship. He chose to stay on board. Although he was only wounded in the arm, he refused to leave his ship and the deceased sailors. According to survivors, he stood calmly saluting the battered Yugoslav flag.

The ship sank near Čelarevo. Berić's body was washed ashore near Stari Banovci. After exhumation, he was buried in the village cemetery. He left behind a son, Ivan.

Today, in Novi Bečej, a street between the main thoroughfares of Marshal Tito and Petar Drašk is named after him. In this way, the people of Novi Bečej have paid tribute to this brave soldier and fellow countryman.

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