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Order of the Red Star, 259490, T34 Driver

Article about: Order Secret Copy nr. 2 Order Of the 6th Guards Red Banner Tank Brigade April 13, 1944 – Nr. 2/N – Active Army On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, for exemplary acc

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    Default Order of the Red Star, 259490, T34 Driver

    Award Card
    Order Booklet 658490
    1. Last name: Ivchenko
    2. Name and patrionymic: Vasilii Savilevich
    3. Rank: Guards Senior Sergeant
    4. Gender: Male
    5. Birthyear: 1922
    6. Birthplace: village of Dankovo, Pochinkovskii Region, Smolensk Oblast
    7. Party membership: yes
    8. Education: incomplete middle
    9. Nationality: Russian
    10. Time in Red Army: 1941
    11. Place of service at awarding: 6th Guards Red Banner Brigade – T34 Mechanic-Driver, 1st Tank Battalion
    12. Place of work at present: Guards Sivash Red Banner Tank Academy, T(?) Military District – Mechanic/Regulator
    13. Home address: Smolensk Oblast, Pochinkovskii Region, village of Dankovo

    14. Awards:
    Designation Serial Number Awarding Organization
    Red Star 259.490 6th Guards Tank Brigade dated 1.9.44

    Patriotic War I 33.993 51st Army dated 3.11.43

    Red Star 482.257 6th Guards Tank Brigade dated 13.04.44

    Victory over Germany Medal

    30th Anniversary of Soviet Army and Navy Medal

    Combat Service Medal n/a Edict dated 18.11.51
    Verified by Chief of Operations, Guards Sivash Red Banner Tank Academy, Guards Major of Administrative Services Shapkin on 16th April, 1946
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    Award Sheet

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Ivchenko, Vasilii Savelevich
    2. Rank: Guards Senior Sergeant
    3. Duty position: T-34 Mechanic/Driver – 1st Tank Battalion, 6th Guards Tank Brigade

    Recommendation for the Order of the Red Star
    4. Born: 1922
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: candidate member #5862113
    7. Previous combat: since June, 1942
    8. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a
    9. In Red Army: since 11th July, 1941
    10. Inducted by: Roslavl Regional Military Commissariat, Smolensk Oblast
    11. Previous awards: n/a
    12. Home of record: Smolensk Oblast, Roslavl Station #II, Railroad Water Pumping Station

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    Near Ekaterinovka-Krasnodarskii Rostav Oblast on 27th-28th August, 1943 he and his crew destroyed three cannons, 20 vehicles with troop loads, and a platoon of enemy infantry.
    He is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.
    Signed 1st Tank Battalion Commander, Guards Major Sereda on 31st August, 1943
    Endorsed Commander, 6 Tank Brigade, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Tidkov on 31 August 1943
    Awarded the Order of the Red Star by 6 Guards Tank Brigade Order 25/N dated 1st September, 1943, signed Deputy Chief of Staff Guards Captain Shapkin on 1st September, 1943.
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    Unit Award Order

    SECRET

    6th Guards Tank Brigade Order 25/N dated 1st September, 1943
    On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR, I award the following decorations for exemplary accomplishment of the Command’s missions in the struggle against the German invaders and for having displayed valor and bravery:

    Order of the Red Star to:

    4. Guards Senior Sergeant Vasilii Savelevich Ivchenko – T-34 Mechanic/Driver, 1st Tank Battalion, 6th Guards Tank Brigade

    Signed Commander, 6th Guards Tank Brigade, Guards Colonel Zhidkov
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    Guards Senior Sergeant Vasilii Savilevich Ivchenko's Order of the Red Star.
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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, 259490, T34 Driver

    Nice one Bill

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, 259490, T34 Driver

    It's amazing what some of these people accomplish.

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, 259490, T34 Driver

    Awesome! But shoot, save some of the cool citations for the rest of us!

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    Look what I found! His other Red Star in my collection! Both stars purchased six months apart and from different sellers on e-pay. What are the odds? Research for the citation for this Red Star has been requested.
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    Wow! That is a massive stroke of luck!

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Here is the citation for #482257.

    Award sheet

    1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Ivchenko, Vasily Savelyevich
    2. Rank: Guards Senior Sergeant
    3. Duty position, unit: Mechanic-driver of a T34 tank in the 1st Tank Battalion, 6th Guards Red Banner Tank Brigade
    Recommended for: Order of the Red Star
    4. Year of birth: 1922
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: Member of the Communist Party since 1943
    7. Participation in the Civil War, the following combat actions for the defense of the USSR and the Patriotic War (where, when): Has been participating in the Patriotic War since July 15, 1942
    8. Suffered wounds and contusions: No
    9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1941
    10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military commissariat of the Roslavl Raion, Smolensk Oblast
    11. Which earlier awards (for which merits): Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class, Order of the Red Star
    12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: ______________


    Short, concrete description of personal combat feat or merits:

    On April 11, 1944, during the breakthrough of the heavily fortified enemy defense line near the village of Tomashevka in the Krim ASSR, while pursuing the enemy, he and his crew destroyed an anti-tank gun and crushed two machine gun nests, up to 20 hitlerites and three carts with military equipment under their tracks. With their gun and machine guns they destroyed a motorcycle and two vehicles.

    He skilfully manoeuvred on the battlefield and uninterruptedly conducted observations. He reported spotted targets to his commander and corrected the fire of the tank commander. His vehicle is permanently ready for combat.

    Conclusion: he deserves to be awarded the Order of the Red Star.

    Commander of the 1st Tank Battalion
    Guards Major [signed] /********/
    April 11, 1944

    I award the Order of the Red Star.

    Commander of the 6th Guards Red Banner Tank Brigade
    Guards Colonel [signed] /Zhidkov/
    April 13, 1944

    Awarded the Order of the Red Star by Order of the 6th Guards Red Banner Tank Brigade nr. 4/N of April 22, 1944.

    Assistant chief of staff for personnel of the 6th Guards Red Banner Tank Brigade
    Guards Major of Administrative Service [signed] /Shapkin/
    April 22, 1944
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