Order of the Red Star, #292944, Radio Communications Squad Leader – 1232nd Cannon Artillery Regiment
Order Booklet 892580
1. Last name: Kukava
2. Name and patrionymic: Shalva Kadyrbovich
3. Rank: Sergeant
4. Gender: Male
5. Birthyear: 1910
6. Birthplace: GSSR, village of Didinedzi
7. Party membership: since 1944
8. Education: mid-level
9. Nationality: Georgian
10. Time in Red Army: 24.6.41 – 4.12.45
11. Place of service at awarding: Radio Communications Squad Leader – 1232 Cannon Artillery Regiment
12. Place of work at present: temporarily unemployed
13. Home address: Georgian SSR, Zugdidi, Ordzhonikidze St. #6
Designation/Serial Number/Awarding Organization
Red Star 292.944 115th Cannon Artillery Brigade dated 14.10.43
Bravery Medal 2.408.174 1232nd Artillery Rifle Regiment dated 23.4.45
Verified by Zugdidi Regional Military Commissariat Major Chuleiskirl(?) on 22nd May, 1946
Temporary Award Certificate
Card E 232223 indicates Bravery Medal 2.408.174 was awarded to Radio Squad Leader Shalva Kadyrbovich Kukava (3rd Battery, 1232nd Cannon Artillery Regiment, 3rd Ukrainian Front) by the regiment’s Order 07/N dated 23rd April, 1945. The medal was bestowed 2nd June, 1945 and signed by the regimental commander Colonel (?). Kukava was born 1910 and from GSSR, Zugdidi Region, village of Dedilidze.
1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Kukava, Shalva Kaderbovich
2. Rank: Sergeant
3. Duty position: Radio Squad Leader – 1232nd Cannon Artillery Regiment
Recommendation for the Order of the Red Star
4. Born: 1910
5. Nationality: Georgian
6. Party membership: n/a
7. Previous combat: Patriotic War. November 1942 to March 1943 (?) and since June 1943 to present on the South Western Front
8. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a
9. In Red Army: since 1941
10. Inducted by: Zugdidi Military Commissariat, GSSR
11. Previous awards: n/a
12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]
Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment
On 8.9.43 Comrade Kukava moved with his radio station to the infantry front lines and provided uninterrupted communications from the lead observation post (OP) to the battalion’s positions.
On 8.9.43 near Suligovka Comrade Kukava advanced with his radio station 100m from the enemy’s front lines and mainted uninterrupted radio communications with the battalion’s OP. In this engagement the battalion’s fire destroyed an enemy self-propelled artillery gun and suppressed two enemy artillery batteries and a mortar battery.
On 9.9.43 near Novo-Dmitrievka Comrade Kukava moved with his radio station to a lead OP and established continuous communications with the battalion’s OP and supplied the communications throughout the course of the day.
On 11.9.43 near Barvenkovo Comrade Kukava moved with his radio station to the lead OP and provided communications with the battalion’s OP and supporting communications all day, thus enabling accomplishment of the regiment’s mission.
For exemplary accomplishment of the Command’s mission on the front in the struggle against the German invaders, he is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.
Signed Commander, 1232nd Cannon Artillery Regiment, Major Komardin
Awarded the Order of the Red Star signed Commander, 115th Cannon Artillery Brigade, Colonel Polyakov on 14.10.43
Unit Award Order
South Western Front, 115th Cannon Artillery Brigade, Supreme Command Reserve Order 08/N dated 14th October, 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. Sergeant Shalva Kederbovich Kukava – Radio Squad Leader, 1232nd Cannon Artillery Regiment
Signed Commander, 115th Cannon Artillery Brigade, Colonel Polyakov and Chief of Staff Major Shkuratov
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Sergeant Shalva Kederbovich Kukava's Order of the Red Star, #292944.
My thanks to Auke and Paul Schmitt for their invaluable assistance.
09-30-2013 03:05 AM
Why does it seem like radiomen got these just for doing their job? lol
Looking for WWII U.S. dog tags