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Zelepukin Ivan G.

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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Biography Zelepukin Ivan G.
(9. 9. 1924 - 26. 8. 1993)

And Van G. Zelepukin, Guard sergeant, commander of the Office of the mortar company 202 th Guards Rifle Regiment, 68 Guards Rifle Division. Born September 9, 1924 in g. Atkarsk Saratov region in the family working. Russian. Graduated from high school. In the first months of the war worked as a trainee electrician and an electrician in Atkarsk depot. In 1942 he was drafted into the Red Army.

From August 1943 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought at Voronezh, 1-m Ukrainian and 1 st Baltic fronts. Took part in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine and the Baltic republics. Easily wounded and bruised. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Star (1944) and two medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Ivan Grigorievich Zelepukin awarded on Jan. 10, 1944 for bravery and courage in crossing the Dnieper.

. In 1947, IG
. Zelepukin demobilized from the Soviet Army. In 1951 he graduated from law school in 1957 - Law Institute. Lived in Mr.. Voronezh, worked in the Prosecutor's Office. Died Aug. 26, 1993.

In the second half of September 1943 202-th regiment went to the Dnieper with. Balik Rtischevskogo district, Kyiv region. To cross this wide water hazard on the right bank of which the German fascist troops have prepared well in advance of strong fortifications.

. Mortar company, which included fighting sergeant Zelepukin was given the task of the first units to speed up the Dnieper, to seize a bridgehead on the west bank of the river and hold it until the crossing of the main forces regiment
. Time & attendance ferrying funds was. From the bottom of the river was able to raise one of the boats, which, after minor repair could be used for the crossing.

The crossing of the Dnieper advanced units of the regiment began the night of September 25. The Germans shelled the area from the crossing of all weapons. Almost continuously in the air hung the enemy night bombers. Around boiling battle of explosions of shells and bombs, flares, outbreaks of gunfire and burning buildings in the village was bright as day. In those tense moments of the Soviet soldiers showed great resilience and will to win. Despite the loss, infantry and mortars landed on the western bank of the Dnieper and strongly attacked the enemy entrenched in the coastal steeps in the trenches and dugouts. Sergeant Zelepukin, having landed from the boat the first two calculations, in the continuous fire, exposed every moment of mortal danger, made two more flights and carried on a base the whole company with materiel and ammunition.

. Hitler's commanders were aware that the presence of our foothold in the vicinity of Kiev could have far-reaching consequences, and take all measures to recover lost items
. At dawn on Sept. 25 over an infantry regiment of 15 tanks launched a counterattack against the bridgehead located thinning Battalion. Fascists wedge on the right flank, broke through to the mortar firing positions. Sergeant Zelepukin with his comrades fought back the Nazis with a machine gun fire and hand grenades. After sustaining heavy losses, the enemy infantry lay. On the battlefield, smoked several enemy tanks. The remaining tanks, left without infantry, did not dare to continue the attack and retreated to the shelter. The first attack was repulsed by the Nazis.

During a brief respite Zelepukin on his boat made a flight ammunition. It was just the way. Above the battalion came a squadron of enemy bombers S-88. The Nazi pilots dropped bombs on the trenches fourth company, and mortar firing positions. Following this rose to attack the enemy infantry. But come to life seemingly forever umolkshie mortars, on the heads of the Nazis once again rained down mines. Counterattacks, and this time was not successful. Bridgehead has been withheld, crossing the main forces regiment has been provided.

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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