Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Drive Me Closer

"Award Order
  1. Name: Shunkov, Sergei Petrovich
  2. Rank: Guards Sergeant
  3. Position, unit: assistant driver, 45th Guards Tank Regiment
    is nominated for the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class
  4. Year of birth: 1920
  5. Nationality: Russian
  6. Party affiliation: none
  7. Participation in the Civil War, subsequent actions in defense of the USSR, Patriotic War: 1st Ukrainian Front
  8. Wounds and contusions in the Patriotic War: one wound
  9. In the Red Army since: 1942
  10. Recruited by: Podolsk recruitment office, Moscow oblast
  11. Prior awards: none
Brief and specific description of personal heroism or achievements: Guards Sergeant S.P. Shunkov was fighting in the vanguard. He showed bravery and initiative in battle for the Anyushki, Godzivlya, and Sloboda settlements on  June 28th, 1944. He killed 20 Germans with machine gun fire. After leaving the tank with a sapper's shovel, he killed several more Germans with the shovel and grenades. 

He replaced the driver, who was knocked out, and continued the battle.

He is worthy of the state award "Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class".
Company commander, Guards Captain Malinin
July 11th, 1944"

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