(30. 9. 1925 - 30. 9. 1995)
P orfiry I. Kilin second lieutenant platoon leader, 920 th Infantry Regiment (247 th Infantry Division, 69 Army, 1 st Belorussian frornt). Russian. Born September 30, 1925 in Izhevsk in the Udmurt Republic. Before the war he lived in the city of Novokuznetsk, was in high school, worked vagranschikom in the train station depot Novokuznetsk. He graduated from the Infantry School. He was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, World War II and the Red Banner. He participated in the Vistula-Oder operation, the release of Warsaw and Berlin.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Porfiry Ivanovich Kilin awarded March 24, 1945 for the successful crossing of the Vistula, . for his leadership unit, . for showing the courage, . courage and heroism.,
. T his is going on in the summer, to be exact - at the end of July 1944
. Part, which served as a second lieutenant platoon leader, PI Kilin, after the liberation of Lublin Hill and went to the Vistula. The platoon located in a small nameless hill. Near forlornly sticking out the charred remains of a small village.
From the crest height has been viewed oppositions side of the river: the greenish chestnut sedge, marsh, followed by black hump dam. Further, invisible because of the hump height were directly in front of the hamlet and village. The village has been transformed by the Nazis in a strong foothold.
. Day 26 July regimental commander assembled all the officers in his battalion.
. You, - said onsobravshimsya - to begin the crossing of the Vistula, a foothold and to ensure the crossing of the main forces regiment
. Remember that the enemy will do anything to throw you back into the river. The battles will zharkie.I still I can not give reinforcements - the main force of our body only suitable. Support artognem.Signal know - a red flare in the direction of goal.
Later, the commander of the battalion have been developed details of the crossing. First to the other side had to move a platoon Kilina. The Germans were methodical artillery and mortar fire on the river and the eastern shore. But firing blindly, without causing any appreciable harm zaryvshimsya the cracks units Regiment. By evening the soldiers tracked down in the burnt village, three fishing boats and patched them as they could.
The July night is short: do not have time to grow dark, as in the east lights up the young dawn. In the second hour of the night three boats Kilina quietly took away from their native shores and moved across the river. Oarlocks oars were wrapped in cloth so as not to creak. Some soldiers bail out of the boats quickly collect water. Enemy mines several times flop side, raising a cloud of water that fell on the paratroopers.
. Finally, the bottom scraped bottom on the sand - beach! Fishermen bucket vessels did not disappoint.
. -Run to the dam! -the voice lieutenant.
. And if he heard it, the Germans opened heavy fire on the edge of the shore
. But the platoon had escaped to the dam, crossed over it, broke into the farmhouse. The Germans fell back to the village. At this time crossed botalon, and then moved across the main forces of the regiment.
. July 19, two days attacking the opponent, beating its counterattack, the platoon Kilina broke on the north-western outskirts, and house after house cleared the village.
. Fter War I. Porphyry stayed in the army and continued to perform military service in the internal troops in the division Dzerzhinsky
. Since 1981, Colonel Kilin PI in otsavke.
Lived in Moscow. Died Sept. 30, 1995.
Sources: 1) http://heroes.al.ru
2) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.