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Dotsenko Vasily Danilovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(15. 8. 1905 - 14. 7. 1979)

In asil Danilovich Dotsenko, a senior political officer, the Commissioner of the 3rd Battalion, 330 Infantry Regiment (86 th Motorized Infantry Division, 7 th Army, Severoo-Western Front). Born August 15, 1905 in a. Kamyshova Dergachivske district of Saratov region. Russian. After primary school. Worked on the First of State Farm. In 1927 he was drafted into the Red Army. In school in 1935 graduated from the political personnel in g. Moscow, there is an external student passed the exam in the last 7 years of schooling. In 1939 - 1940 years in the 7 th Army took part in the Russo-Finnish War. From December 1941 to victory over Germany in World War II fought on the Volkhov, Leningrad and the 3 rd Baltic fronts as commander of Infantry Regiment. In 1942 he graduated from the accelerated courses commanders of the Military Academy named M.V. Frunze. Double seriously wounded: 16 September 1943 under Sinyavino and 26 February 1944 on the western shore of Lake Peipsi. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1944), Red Star (1946), the medal "For Defense of Leningrad" and four other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Danilovich Dotsenko awarded March 21, 1940 for bravery and heroism in battle near Vyborg during the Russo-Finnish War.

. In 1946 VD
. Dotsenko sickness resigned from the Soviet Army at the rank of lieutenant. Lived in Mr.. Pskov. Died July 14, 1979.


In early March 1940, Soviet troops, having overcome a severe winter conditions strongly fortified Mannerheim Line, came to the immediate approaches to Vyborg - a powerful outpost defenses.

. The battalion, which served Dotsenko, received the task of the regiment to force Vyborg Bay, seize a bridgehead on the western bank of the Cape Pitkaniemi and cut the highway Vyborg - Helsinki
. We had to overcome a severe frost on the ice two-kilometer strip, shoot length and breadth of the enemy shore batteries, pillboxes and blockhouses storm, built by the Finns on the Gulf Coast.

. The third battalion occupied the original position in the vicinity of the lighthouse
. On the morning of March 4, when it was still dark, divisions took to the ice and in the company column moved to the shore. At first everything went according to plan, but soon to find our soldiers, enemy artillery opened heavy fire. Dispersed offices, the battalion continued movement. In the forefront was the senior political commissar Battalion Dotsenko. His coolness and courage, a kind word and a joke, he filed a subordinate example of courage.

Day was breaking. Every minute the enemy was approaching the shore. When it was up to no more than 600 meters from Cape Pitkaniemi jotted an enemy machine gun. Dotsenko at that moment was close to the gunners. He ordered the platoon commander Lieutenant Mazurov destroy the enemy machine gun. Harmonious calculation "EP," withdrew the firing point with the first shot.

This shot was the signal for attack. The men ran rushed to the shore occupied by the enemy. Their attack kept the fire of machine guns and 45-millimeter cannon. Ahead of the attackers with a rifle running Dotsenko. From time to time he stopped and fired from his knee on the Finns.

Unable to withstand the friendly attack by Soviet soldiers, the enemy had left the Cape Pitkaniemi.

During the next three days the battalion with the stubborn battles moved to 60 kilometers. Especially hot battle with the enemy occurred on March 7 in the village Kyahyarya. Under the fire of powerful bunker companies lay. There were wounded. At the end of ammunition were. He was killed by Battalion Commander Captain Spirko.

In this difficult environment command of the battalion took over Dotsenko. Fire 122-millimeter howitzers was partially destroyed the dot and raised in the attack people. Commander himself walked in front of attackers and the first burst of enemy fortifications. Highway Vyborg - Helsinki was intercepted.

1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968

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