Duke Momčilo Djujić
By Miloslav Samardzic
Momčilo Djujić (Toplje, Knin, 1907 – San Marcos, California, United States 1999), was the best student of his generation in his grade school. He finished the lower grades of high school in Knin and the latter grades in Sibenik after which he enrolled in the seminary in Sremski Karlovci in Serbia. In this town in 1931 he published a collection of poems, ”Emilijade”.
After completing his seminary education, he served in the army and then returned to his hometown and became the pastor in thevillage of Strmice, near Knin. He married Zorka Dobrijević, with whom he had three children: Siniša, Radivoje and Radojka (twins).
“Father of Fire”, as he was called, initiated the construction of the National Hall ”Petar Mrkonjić ”, and then, in 1936, the water-works (aqueduct) to Strmica. In this village he established an agricultural cooperative and was the person most responsible for establishing the first health cooperative in Knin, with ten branches in nearby villages.
He founded the first Chetnik’s Association in the Tromedja in 1935 and became its president. He also founded a branch of the Falcon (Sokol) Athletic Alliance. At the rally of village Falcon troops in Banja Luka, his Strmica troop won the first prize and a trophy.
During 1935 Momčilo Djujić was the people’s tribune in the fight against the Kingdom of Yugoslavia’s Concordat with the Vatican. In 1937 he organized a strike with 2.000 workers who were building the Knin-Bihać railway. The first meeting of strikers was held in the village Tiškovac, in Crni Potoci. In the year 1941, on that same spot and by those same people, since the workers were the predominant residents of the nearby villages and towns, Father Momčilo was proclaimed the leader of the uprising. The last time he had led the protestors was on the 27th of March 1941 in protests against signing the Tripartite Pact with the Axis powers.
He was the commander of the Chetnik regiment “Petar Mrkonjić” and later also the Dinara Chetnik Division. In exile after the war, he was a trustee of the Serbian National Defense organization, president of the Organization of Serbian Chetniks in the free world, president for life of the “Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore” and editor of the newspaper Serbia.
For his war merit he received the title of Chetnik Duke and highest Serbian military decoration of that time – “Karageorge’s Star with Swords”.