Major Milan Cvjetičanin
By Miloslav Samardzic
Major Milan Cvjetičanin (Bosnian Krupa 1915 – Chicago 1963) completed six grades of high school, Engineering school for non-commissioned officers and a course in electromechanical NavySchool. In the April 1941 war he was lieutenant of the 2nd Pioneer’s Regiment in Karlovac. Cvjetičanin escaped capture and hid in the mountains around Kotor Varoš. He organized a Chetnik quintet which he quickly turned into the “Flying” squad (highly mobile unit) of the “Gavrilo Princip” Regiment. Later he formed a brigade, than a battalion and during 1942 became commander of the “Gavrilo Princip” regiment as part of Dinara Chetnik Division. This regiment was reorganized in 1943 into the Bosnian Corps “Gavrilo Princip” of the Dinara Chetnik Division, whom Cvetičanin commanded until the end of the war. Regarding Cvjetićanin’s early death, Dr. Božidar Purić, former president of the Yugoslav government wrote:
“A hero, and yet always humble and elegant and gentle, without personal self-interest, always and only for the common good. For his war achievements and two severe wounds he was honored with the Gold Medal for courage, the “Karageorge Star with Swords” and the title of active major. Those were bloody well deserved awards and honors. But what was the main and most characteristic in Milan’s life was his constant effort to always be worthy of Gavrilo Princip, worthy of his commander General Dragoljub Mihailović, worthy of numerous known and unknown heroes of the Balkan wars and World War I … No wonder his heart gave up on him in his 47th year of life. Besides his family in America, in his homeland he leaves his elderly mother and two sisters who mourn for him. Today his Bosnian Krajina will cry for him as will the entire unliberated Serbian nation”. (Serbian News-paper, Chicago, July 1963).
Since the death of Duke Jevdjević in 1962 Major Milan Cvjetičanin had been the president of the Organi-zation of Serbian Chetniks “Ravna Gora”.
He was laid to rest in the Serbian cemetery at Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville, IL near Chicago.
He was married to Branislava and they had two children, a son Velimir and daughter Mirjana.