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Jaroslav Drozen (1934 - 2015) - Biography

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Jaroslav Drozen, (aka Šotek by his Boy Scout nickname), was born May 11, 1934 in the village of Hasina, near Jičín, in a farmer's family. After the war he joined the Boy Scout patrol Racci (‘Seagulls') from Rožďalovice. He learnt the toolmaker's trade and then studied at the School for Young Officers in Český Těšín and later in Ružomberok. He graduated from the military academy in Hranice na Moravě, specializing in artillery training, and then he served as a professional soldier in Jičín. Due to his activity during the second restoration of the Junák (Czech Boy Scout) organization and verbal disagreement with the Soviet occupation in 1968, he was dismissed from the army. Once released, he began working as a plumber. He also participated in the third restoration of Junák in Jičín and served in several official positions. He received many Scout decorations for his dedication and became a member of the honorary Svojsík's Troop. In 1990 he was fully rehabilitated and promoted to lieutenant colonel and later to colonel. He died on March 1, 2015.

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