|Died||October 31, 1963 (aged 71)|
World War IEdit
Lithuanian Wars of IndependenceEdit
In December 1918 he returned to Lithuania and joined the newly organized Lithuanian army, which was preparing to defend Lithuania against the Red Army during the Lithuanian–Soviet War. Variakojis was ordered to organize the Panevėžys Region Defence Unit (Lithuanian: Panevėžio srities apsaugos būrys), which later became the 4th Infantry Regiment. On February 7, 1919, he led the first Lithuanian battles against the Soviets near Kėdainiai. The Soviet advance was stopped, preventing them from capturing Lithuania's temporary capital, Kaunas. Variakojis with his unit continued to combat the Soviets. They were also deployed against Poland during the Polish–Lithuanian War.
In 1926, he retired from active military duty. He briefly served as the Minister of Communications and Minister of Defense between 1928 and 1930.
After the Second World WarEdit
At the end of World War II, he retreated to Germany and then immigrated to the United States, where he died in 1963.