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Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

Article about: A. Personnel Card 1. Last name: Kafanov 2. Name and Patrionymic: Aleksandr Ivanovich 3. Rank: Guards Lieutenant 4. Sex: Male 5. Year of Birth: 1924 6. Place of birth: Chkalov Oblast, Sharlys

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    Default Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    A. Personnel Card

    1. Last name: Kafanov
    2. Name and Patrionymic: Aleksandr Ivanovich
    3. Rank: Guards Lieutenant
    4. Sex: Male
    5. Year of Birth: 1924
    6. Place of birth: Chkalov Oblast, Sharlyskskii Region, Zerklo Village
    7. Party Membership: since 1.1945
    8. Education: elementary
    9. Nationality: Russian
    10. Time in the Soviet Army: since 9.1942
    11. Place of service and duty position at time of awarding: 89th Guards Rifle Division, 5th Shock Army; Rifle Platoon Leader
    12. Place of service and duty at present: 75th Guards Mechanized Regiment, 23rd Guards Mechanized Division; Machinegun Platoon Leader
    13. Awardee's address: Tashkent Oblast, Chirchik, St. Azad-Bash
    14. Awards Number Awarder

    Bravery Medal 962.720 223rd Rifle Division dated 18.3.44
    Patriotic War II 170.364 68th Rifle Corps dated 25.5.44
    Red Star 1.746.520 89th Guards Rifle Division dated 7.3.45
    Patriotic War I 222.142 26th Guards Rifle Corps dated 28.5.45
    Victory over Germany Medal Edict dated 9.5.45
    Capture of Berlin Medal Edict dated 9.6.45

    Verified on 20th August, 1946

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, 1746520, Platoon Leader

    AWARD SHEET

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Kafanov, Aleksandr Ivanovich
    2. Rank: Guards Lieutenant
    3. Duty position and unit: Platoon Leader, 7th Rifle Company, 270th Guards Red Banner Rifle Regiment, 89th Guards Belgorod Kharkov Red Banner Rifle Division

    Application for the Order of the Red Star

    4. Birthyear: 19.5.1924
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: candidate member in 1944
    7. Participation in combat: Western, Bryansk, Voronezh, Steppe, 2nd Ukrainian, 3rd Ukrainian, and 1st Belorussian Front since 12.12.42
    8. Wounds or contusions: 27.3.44 wounded. Returned to duty.
    9. In Red Army: since 9.10.1942
    10. Inducted by: Chirchik Regional Military Commissariat, Tashkent Oblast; career military
    11. Earlier awards: OPW II on 25.5.44, Bravery Medal on 18.3.44
    12. Permanent address and NOK: Chirchik, Tashkent Oblast, Elektric Combine; Father: Kafanov, Ivan Prokofevich

    Short description of personal, combat feat or service

    While expanding the bridgehead on the western shore of the Oder on the approaches to the city of Zechen on 20th February, 1945, Comrade Kofanov and his platoon were among the first to advance and boldly and valorously repelled three enemy counterattacks under heavy enemy machinegun and mortar fire. Comrade Kofanov’s platoon destroyed as many as 25 German officers and soldiers, two machinegun positions, and suppressed a mortar position in this fighting. During this battle Comrade Kofanov personally killed seven German soldiers and captured two.

    For valor and courage in battle with the German occupiers, he is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.

    Signed Guards Lieutenant Colonel Petrov, Commander, 270th Guards Rifle Regiment on 24th February, 1945
    Endorsed Guards Colonel Esipenko, Commander, 89th Guards Rifle Division on 5th March, 1945

    Awarded the Order of the Red Star by Order 012/N of the 89th Guards Rifle Division dated 7th March, 1945.
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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    Love the citation!
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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    Thank you, Adrian!

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    Awesome award and awesome citation!

    Does the top arm of the star have a hint of purple to it... or are my eyes deceiving me?

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    Quote by GIZMO8Z View Post
    Awesome award and awesome citation!

    Does the top arm of the star have a hint of purple to it... or are my eyes deceiving me?
    Thanks Giz, and yes, I think your eyes are playing tricks on you. It's a quality of Soviet enamel work that highlights this characteristic translucence in different light settings, for example, a scanner light versus a photograph in natural light will each bring out a different luminesence.

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    Quote by Bill Garvy View Post
    Thanks Giz, and yes, I think your eyes are playing tricks on you. It's a quality of Soviet enamel work that highlights this characteristic translucence in different light settings, for example, a scanner light versus a photograph in natural light will each bring out a different luminesence.


    All the same, GREAT award, and GREAT citation!

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Love the citation!
    Me too

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #1746520, Platoon Leader

    This is the best citation I have ever seen, well done Bill!

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