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    Default Documents group of Sergeant Vasiliy Nikiforovich Shpagin, Hero of the Soviet Union (#4596)

    Record card

    Order booklet / certificate nr. 175136

    1. Last name: Shpagin
    2. First name and patronymic: Vasily Nikiforovich
    3. Military rank: Sergeant
    4. Sex: Male
    5. Year of birth: 1913
    6. Place of birth: Village of Yevpayevo, Rybkino Raion, Mordovian Autonomous SSR
    7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since 1944
    8. Education: 5 classes
    9. Nationality: Russian
    10. Since which year in the Red Army: From January 1, 1942 through December 5, 1945
    11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Gun commander in the 917th Rifle Regiment, 150th Rifle Division, 13th Army
    12. Current place of service and position: Duty officer with a team at the oblast headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
    13. Home address of the awardee: 25 Vorovsky Street, city of Chernigov

    14. List of all awards received:

    Name of the order or medal/Serial number/Number of the document Ground of award

    Order of Glory, 3rd Class 136425 Temporary certificate nr. V-640198 Order of the 350th Rifle Division nr. 037/N of August 7, 1944

    Order of Lenin 20619 Order booklet nr. 175136 Decree of September 23, 1944

    Gold Star Medal 4596 Order booklet nr. 175136 Decree of September 23, 1944

    Medal for the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 Permanent certificate nr. 0446164 Decree of May 9, 1945

    Signature of the awardee: [signed]

    I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):

    Military commissar of the city of Chernigov
    Major [signed] /Simakov/
    May 21, 1946


    Award Sheet

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Shpagin, Vasiliii Nikiforovich
    2. Rank: Sergeant
    3. Duty position: Gun Commander – 917th Artillery Regiment, 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsy Rifle Division, 24th Rifle Corps, 13th Army
    Recommendation for the Order of Glory III Class
    4. Born: 1913, Novo-Sibirsk Oblast, Kemerovo, New Colony
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: since 5.1944 #6380471
    7. Previous combat: 1.42 Western Front, 12.42 SW Front, and since 11.43 1 Ukrainian Front
    8. Wounds or shell-shock: lightly wounded 2.02.42 on Western Front
    9. In Red Army: since 1.1942
    10. Inducted by: Kemerov Regional Military Commissariat, Novosibirsk Oblast
    11. Previous awards: n/a
    12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    On 17.07.44 in combat for M. Druzhkopol (Lvov Oblast) while among infantry formations, with his cannon he destroyed two machinegun positions, two carts with ammunition and as many as 12 enemy soldiers and officers while repelling two enemy counterattacks.

    On 18.07.44 his cannon was among the first to cross the Western Bug River with only available, on-hand means.

    On 19.07.44 in combat for Bele (Lvov Oblast) his cannon fire destroyed a vehicle and as many as six enemy soldiers and officers.

    For displayed personal valor and bravery he is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.

    Signed Commander, 917th Artillery Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Yashchuk on 31st July, 1944

    Endorsed Artillery Commander, 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Pavlovets on 3rd August, 1944

    Awarded the Order of Glory III Class by 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Division Order 037/N dated 7th August, 1944. Signed Division Chief of Personnel Major of Administrative Services Salandin


    Unit Award Order

    SECRET

    [trans: stamped “1st Ukrainian Front” along with administrative data]

    350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division, 24th Rifle Corps, 13th Army, 1st Ukrainian Front Order 037/N dated 7th August, 1944

    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 Glory III:

    28. Vasilii Nikiforovich Shpagin – Gun Commander, 917th Artillery Regiment

    Signed Commander, 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division, Guards General-Major Vekhin


    Award Sheet

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Shpagin, Vasiliii Nikiforovich
    2. Rank: Sergeant
    3. Duty position: Gun Commander – 917th Artillery Regiment, 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsy Rifle Division, 24th Rifle Corps, 13th Army, 1st Ukrainian Front
    Recommendation for the title Hero of the Soviet Union
    4. Born: 1913, Novo-Sibirsk Oblast, Kemirov
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: n/a
    7. Previous combat: 2.2.42 on the SW Front and since 10.11.1943 on the 1st Ukrainian Front
    8. Wounds or shell-shock: lightly wounded 2.02.42 on South-Western Front
    9. In Red Army: since 2.2.42
    10. Inducted by: Kemirov Regional Military Commissariat, Novosibirsk Oblast
    11. Previous awards: n/a
    12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    In fighting against the German invaders during the forced river crossing of the Vistula River on 30.07.1944 he displayed valor and heroism. Under heavy, enemy artillery, mortar fire and aviation, his cannon and a small number of infantry were the first to cross to the far bank of the Vistula and entered uneven combat against a numerically superior enemy during which they destroyed as many as 70 soldiers and set two enemy tanks on fire. In this manner the enemy was repelled in a northwestern direction and the bridgehead was held for the crossing of the main body.

    For displayed bravery and heroism he is deserving of the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

    Signed Commander, 917th Artillery Regiment, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Dmitriev on 2nd August, 1944

    Endorsed Artillery Commander, 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Pavlovets on 3rd August, 1944

    Endorsed Commander, 350th Zhitomir Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division, Guards General-Major Vekhin on 5th August, 1944

    Endorsed Commander, 24th Rifle Corps, Guards General-Lieutenant (?) and Corps Artillery Commander (?) on 12.8.44

    Endorsed Artillery Commander, 3rd Artillery, General-Major of Artillery Kubeev on 28th August, 1944

    Endorsed 18th Army Commander General-Colonel (?) and Member of the Military Committee General-Major (?) on 31st August, 1944

    Stamped “Bestowed the title Hero of the Soviet Union and awarded the Order of Lenin and Gold Star Medal according to an edict of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR dated 23.09.1944.



    Hero of the Soviet Union Edict

    EDICT OF THE PRESIDIUM OF THE SUPREME SOVIET USSR Concerning the Bestowal of the Title Hero of the Soviet Union to General, Officer, Sergeant, and Enlisted Personnel of the Red Army

    For exemplary accomplishment of the Command’s combat missions in the struggle against the German invaders and for displaying bravery and heroism, the title HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION is bestowed with the awarding of the Order of Lenin and Gold Star Medal:

    133. Sergeant Vasilii Nikiforovich Shpagin

    Signed Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR M. Kalinin and Secretary A. Gorkin
    Moscow, the Kremlin.
    23rd September, 1944
    D. #90/606.



    Document for the Medal Victory over Germany dated March 4th, 1946, Serial #K0446164

    Document for the Medal 20th Anniversary of Victory dated December 10th, 1965 by the President of the Executive Committee of the Chernigov Regional Council, Serial #A1739561

    Document for the Badge 25th Anniversary of Victory

    Document for the Medal 30th Anniversary of Victory, combatant, dated May 8th 1975 by the Chernigov Regional Military Commissariat, V. Maskin

    Document for the Medal 40th Anniversary of Victory, combatant, dated April 30th, 1985 by the Chernigov Regional Military Commissariat, Colonel Galits

    Document for the 50th Anniversary of Victory (Ukrainian) dated March 29th, 1995

    Document for the Medal 30th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces dated August 4th, 1948 by the Headquarters of the Ukrainian MVD Chernigov Region

    Document for the Medal 50th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces dated February 14th, 1968 by the Chernigov Regional Military Commissariat, Colonel Krasnik

    Document for the Medal 60th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces dated Feberuary 21st, 1978 by the Chernigov Regional Military Commissariat, Colonel Starinskiy

    Document for the Medal 70th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces dated February 23rd, 1988 by the Chernigov Region, Colonel Galits

    Document for the Medal Lenin Centennial, Labor, dated March 27th, 1970 by the City of Chernigov, N. Bodrov

    Order Book (#484029) for the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class, 1985 Jubilee (#470549)

    Order Book for the Medals for Meritorious Service, 2nd Class (#707, October 27th, 1958) & 1st Class (#405, October 31st, 1962) by the Ukrainian MVD Chernigov Region

    Certificate, Veteran of the 13th Army dated October 27th, 1982

    Certificate, Veteran of the 350th Zhytomyr Red Banner Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division dated November 19th, 1986


    My thanks to all who contributed to this topic for all their invaluable assistance; you know who you are. . .
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    Thats a great set Bill...a real Hero.....thanks for showing us....

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