Muchov Stojan (Dimitrov)
Stojan Muchov was born in the village of Buf, Lerin region, in 1920.
His father, Ilija Muchov, because of the consequences of the Second
World War and the Asia Minor conflict, died very young and so Stojan
was without a father.
In July 1943 the German occupiers mobilized some villagers along with
some of the livestock to transport some of their weapons and food for
their units, which were heading to Gramos and the Albanian mountains
for clean up operations against the ELAS units and the Albanian partisans.
Among them was Stojan. When the column reached the village Zhelevo he
escaped and joined the ranks of ELAS in Vich under the pseudonym Dimitrov.
He took part in many battles in Western Macedonia and developed a significant
battle record. The most courageous action in which Dimitrov took part
was the battle against the Italian occupiers in Rupisha on 18 July 1943.
In that battle the partisans forced an entire company to turn itself
in to ELAS. During the battle Dimitrov was wounded.
In 1944 after the liberation of some territory in Prespa, Dimitrov
was nominated as assistant chief of the People's Police in Prespa at
the rank of sub lieutenant.
In this post he served as a real defender of people's rights and became
a beloved policeman for the Prespa villagers.
After the Varkiza agreement the forces tried to get him to withdraw
from the people's struggle. They suggested he resign from the CPG but
he refused all of their proposals categorically.
In June 1946 three gendarmes secretly surrounded his house so that
they could arrest him but they did not manage to do so.
Dimitrov was not captured by them but was forced to leave his village
and take the road again to the partisans. There, in the ranks of DAG
he met old comrades from the time of ELAS. He took part in many battles
as a company commissar in Western Macedonia, Epir, and became popular
with his own company. At the start of 1947 he fought for two days straight
against an enemy column on the road to Samarina-Donciko.
In November 1947, during a bloody battle near Geroplatanos near Kalpaki
(in Epir), he was hit by an enemy grenade. So died a brave and courageous
fighter, faithful to the last moment of his own short life to the party
and the people.
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
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