Order of the Red Star, #152997, Artillery Commander
Order booklet nr. V-059441
1. Last name: Khudobin
2. First name and patronymic: Vasily Andreyevich
3. Military rank: Colonel
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1906
6. Place of birth: Prashsky Raion, Nikolayev Oblast
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since 1932
8. Education: Elementary
9. Nationality: Ukrainian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: Since 1928
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position at the time of the award: Commander of the 40th Artillery Regiment, 4th Rifle Division, 69th Army
12. Current place of service and position: Commander of the 960th Artillery Regiment, 6th Independent Rifle Brigade
13. Home address of the awardee: City of Gorky-1, field post nr. 64157
14. Record of all awards received:
Names of the orders and medals Their numbers Numbers of the documents Ground of award
Order of the Red Star 152997 533461 Order of the 31st Army nr. 050 of May 4, 1943
Order of the Red Banner 125487 V-437301 Order of the 69th Army nr. 085/N of August 12, 1944
Order of the Red Star 1098916 105554 Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of November 3, 1944
Order of Aleksandr Nevsky 31361 Ye-868086 Order of the 69th Army nr. 042/N of February 24, 1945
Order of the Red Banner 260083 Zh-704661 Order of the 69th Army nr. 0192/N of May 21, 1945
Medal for the Defense of Moscow Shch-000155 Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of May 1, 1944
Medal for the Victory over Germany V-0014027 Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of May 9, 1945
Medal for the Capture of Berlin A-134749 Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of June 9, 1945
Order of the Red Banner 234978 Decree of June 20, 1949
Order of Lenin 199923 Decree of June 13, 1952
Medal for 30 Years of Soviet Army and Navy
Signature of the awardee: [signed]
I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):
Commander of the 6th Independent Rifle Brigade
Colonel [signed] /_________/
January 23rd, 1947
Copy nr. 2
Of the 31st Army
Western Front – Nr. 050 – May 4, 1943 – Active Red Army
On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, for the exemplary accomplishment of combat missions in the struggle with the German invaders and the valour and bravery displayed in the process, I award:
In the 49th Red Banner Cannon Artillery Regiment of the Reserve of the High Command:
The Order of the Red Star to:
6. Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Andreyevich Khudobin, regimental chief of staff
Commander of the 31st Army
Major General [signed] /Gluzdovsky/
Member of the Military Council
Colonel [signed] /Lakhtarin/
Army chief of staff
Colonel [signed] /Shchedrin/
All fields to be filled out fully
1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Khudobin, Vasily Andreyevich
2. Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
3. Position and unit: Chief of staff of the 49th Red Banner Cannon Artillery Regiment of the Reserve of the High Command
Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
4. Year of birth: 1906
5. Nationality: Ukrainian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1932
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR and the Patriotic War (where and when): Has been participating in the Patriotic War from July 5, 1941 up to the present time on the Western Front with the 410th Artillery Regiment, 82nd Motorized Rifle Division, 329th Rifle Division, and 49th Red Banner Cannon Artillery Regiment of the Reserve of the High Command
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: One light wound and contusion
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1928
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Novo-Prazhsky Raion, Nikolayev Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
11. Awards received previously (for which merits): None
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: ______________ (occupied)
Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:
He is dedicated to the Party of Lenin and Stalin and the socialist motherland. He is politically developed, morally stable, and ideologically mature. He is disciplined and demanding of himself and his subordinates. He is decisive and bold in combat. He correctly directs his men to carry out the combat missions assigned to them.
During his time with the regiment, which extends from August 28, 1942 up to the present time, comrade Lieutenant Colonel Khudobin, in his capacity as chief of staff, organized the efficient and systematic duties of the regimental staff and the long-range artillery group in controlling artillery fire in combat.
He devotes exceptional, particular attention to the execution of the combat missions assigned to the battalions and to organizing the reconnaissance.
During the offensive and during the time the regiment occupied defensive positions between August 29, 1942 and March 1, 1943 near Kormanovo, Gusaki, Stary Podosinovets, Karasi, Lapotok, Sofyino, Sychevka, Arestovo, Bobrovka, Yarygino, Nikishkino, and Maloye Kropotovo, the regiment achieved the following under comrade Khudobin’s skillful and experienced leadership:
23 enemy artillery batteries were destroyed, 14 mortar batteries were suppressed, 47 artillery batteries were suppressed, 40 cargo trucks were destroyed, 22 trucks were put out of action, 27 railroad cars were destroyed on the Sychevka-Osuga railway, 18 railroad cars were damaged, 9 tanks were put out of action, 29 dugouts and bunkers were destroyed, 1 aircraft was shot down, 19 machine-gun positions were destroyed, 2 ammunition depots were burned down, and up to 2700 enemy troops were killed.
During the March offensive, between March 6 and March 29, 1943, the regiment provided artillery support for the attacking units of the 331st and 82nd Rifle Division. During the regiment’s march, comrade Khudobin managed to correctly organize the transport of the materiel and equipment over roads hardly passable for transport vehicles and tractors. He personally attended to the matter of the state of the materiel, equipment and the men during the march. He correctly and quickly decided to have the battalions open fire to support our attacking units.
On March 18, near Usadishche, the regiment repelled an enemy counterattack and suppressed 3 105-mm guns from an enemy artillery battery, which had been preventing the advance of our units.
For his selfless efforts, for carrying out the assigned combat missions in a timely manner, and for the excellent and systematic duties of the regimental staff in controlling artillery fire in combat, comrade Khudobin deserves the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.
Commander of the 49th Red Banner Cannon Artillery Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Varshavsky/
April 6, 1943
He deserves the Order of the Red Star.
Commander of the Artillery of the 31st Army
Colonel [signed] /Novikov/
April 11th, 1943
Note the replaced "hot" enamel and the heat related discoloration on the reverse.
01-03-2013 04:24 PM
Re: Order of the Red Star, #152997, Artillery Commander
another nice star Bill, where do you keep digging these up from !!!!!!