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Spomenko (15) died in 1993 war: They called him Little Obilic, he pulled out dead and wounded friends from the front under the rain of bullets and grenades (VIDEO)

When he remained all alone in war, Spomenko joined the army. First, he was a cook, and then he distributed the food to the soldiers

The Orthodox youth marked the 9th January - The day of the Republika Srpska - by lighting candles in front of the Memorial Gostic Monument, the youngest member of RS Army who died in 1993 on Ozren.

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The priesthood of the Third Doboj parish joined and the priest Dusko Nesic said that Gostic sacrifice should not be forgotten, and the sacrifice of all others who gave their lives for the foundation of RS.

Spomenko Gostic, born in 1978, died as a member of the RS army when he was struck by a grenade on March 20th, 1993, not far from his village Jovici on Ozren mountain. Five more Serbian soldiers lost their lives beside him. 

He was buried on the local cemetery Gornji Ulisnjak, where his mother and grandma are resting. That place, as well as Sponenko's village Jovici, are now in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

When he remained all alone in war, Spomenko joined the army. First, he was a cook, and then he distributed the food to the soldiers.

Few months before he died he found a mine while he was delivering food on the front line with horses. The horses died at that time while Spomenko was wounded. Later he went into artillery where he lost his life. 

The young hero from Ozren got his monument 20 years after his death - the bust in Doboj, which was placed on March 20th, 2014 in the yard of the church of The birth of Holy mother of God.

Spomenko got a nickname during the war, Little Obilic, but not because of his age, but because he pulled his dead and injured friends from the front under the rain of bullets and grenades. 

Photographer Tomislav Peternek remembers the moments when he immortalized the little hero.

- I remember the boy with a baby face, coming to me in the horse vehicle. I looked at him and he was smoking, and really inhaling the smoke, he was carrying a large bag full of food. When he saw the camera, he and his friends joked around that they will enter history now - Peternek said for Kurir.

Rarely anyone knows that Spomenko refused the offer to go far away from the war and to live in some other country with careless life, to wait until his country gets peace and freedom.

Spomenko had a father, but he didn't know that. He gave up on him when he was 4 years old, and he is now receiving a pension of his late son.

(Telegraf.co.uk / Srna)

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