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PROKHOROV Vasily Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(22. 3. 1919 - 11. 3. 1955)

In asil Ivanovich Prokhorov, sergeant, section commander 652 th signal company separate 106 th Infantry Division Transbaikalian. Born March 22, 1919 in a. Novo Shinshinovke Pugachev district of Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from junior high school, worked as a tractor on the farm. In 1939 he was drafted into the Red Army.

. From February 1943 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought on the Central, . Belorussian, . 1 and 2 of the First Byelorussian Front, . Took part in the Battle of Kursk, . liberation of Ukraine, . Belarus, . Poland, . defeating the enemy in Germany,
. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Red Star (1943), a medal for the liberation of Warsaw and two other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Ivanovich Prokhorov was awarded on Jan. 15, 1944 for bravery and courage in crossing the Dnieper.

. In oynu Prokhorov graduated from Sergeant
. In 1945 he returned to his native village. Many forces have given a hero-soldier, to rouse the collective farming. March 11, 1955 VI. Prokhorov died.

October 15, 1943 106 th Infantry Division began crossing of the Dnieper, near the village Loew Gomel region. Office telephone operators, under the command of Sergeant Prokhorov has been tasked to lay across a telephone cable to connect the division commander with crossing at the bridgehead units.

. The enemy had a plot crossing under continuous artillery fire
. Enemy bombers struck powerful blows to the concentration areas of our troops, artillery firing positions and forcing the river unit. In order to this complex situation have done the combat mission, communications were deed. And they send it.

Like a good host, Prokhorov was prepared everything: fishing boat, well tarred cables, a bag of sinkers, thoroughly tested handsets. Home Office gasket four-line immediately, as soon as the rafts pushed off from shore and boats to the first landing party. Work goes. One of the telephone operators unwound the spool with a cable, the other tie, metal nuts to the wire lay on the bottom of the river, two others worked with oars. Under intense enemy fire, boat, rocking on the waves, walked slowly forward. At the right bank of the Nazis machine-gun fire signalers. Both oarsmen were killed. To the shore was near. Prokhorov grabbed coil cable, jumped into the icy water reached the land. Tying a wire to a tree, he pulled him to find the bridgehead to the battalion commander. Relationship between right and left banks was established.

However, one wire under a heavy enemy shelling and air raids were frequent enough. Soon after the bombardment of the cable in the middle of the river was torn apart. Chief of Staff ordered the division to build the second "thread" ". Again, this is a difficult task was entrusted to Prokhorov, who had just returned to the left bank. Together with Lieutenant Chizhov Prokhorov has successfully completed a combat mission. Then the sergeant pulled ashore damaged during the bombing first "thread", repaired it, and again handed over the Dnieper.

. Within six hours without rest under constant enemy fire, with a constant risk of his life, worked as a brave signaller
. His boat was in many places was prodyryavlena bullets and shell fragments. Prokhorov stop up the holes tarred oakum and swam farther. During the sixth time the boat was smashed to pieces near a shell burst and sank near the coast. Prokhorov and his companions miraculously survived. They got to swim across the sand spit and, . order of the commander remained on duty at the bridgehead for the telephone, . By the time we threw the enemy units from the coast and won a bridgehead, . ensures a calm crossing of military equipment,
. Arrived at the beachhead, the Corps Commander, General Cherokmanov thanked the communications staff for the excellent execution of combat missions.

1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary. V.2. M.: Voeniz.1988.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968

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