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Gents,

  On June 15th, 1945, in the vicinity of the Oder River, U.S. Army Brigadier General J. H. Collier, Commanding General, Combat Command A, 2nd Armored Division decorated several Red Army personnel.  Among them were Senior Lieutenant I. A. Savelyev a tank company commander in the 4th Tank Regiment, 35th Mechanized Brigade, 2nd Guards Tank Army and Guards Senior Lieutenant R. Kurbangaliyev a T-34 tank platoon leader in the 64th Guards Independent Tank Brigade, 1st Guards Tank Army who each received the Bronze Star Medal.

  As noted earlier in this thread, an exact count of Bronze Star Medals awarded to Red Army personnel is difficult to ascertain as many were issued at the field level in the immediate post-war weeks and months.  This award ceremony is one such example. 

  Sr. Lt. Savelyev's award orders follow immediately below his photograph.  His orders are a good example of how the paperwork for these field-issued U.S. Army awards was executed.  Note the short citation which justifies his award.  It is highly unlikely that BSM award certificates were issued either during the field presentations or after the fact.  The authorizing award orders would have been the sole official paperwork accompanying the award in the case of BSMs. 

Regards,

slava1stclass

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On ‎5‎/‎17‎/‎2006 at 08:11, slava1stclass said:

HSU A.P. Voloshin was one of the 119 Red Army personnel awarded the U.S. Army Silver Star during World War II/the Great Patriotic War.  It is clearly visible in the below photo.  For the majority of the war, Voloshin served as a Battery Commander in the 271st Rifle Regiment, 10th NKVD Rifle Division (later redesignated the 18th Stalingrad NKVD Rifle Division). He was wounded five times during the course of the war.

Approved for award of the Silver Star on 12 July 1944, he was personally decorated by President Roosevelt's Special Advisor, Harry Hopkins, in the Sverdlovsk Room of the Kremlin in October 1944.  Averill Harriman as the U.S. Ambassador to the USSR; the U.S. Defense Attache, Moscow as well as Secretary of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, Gorkin, were among those who attended the ceremony.

Voloshin would later march in the 24 June 1945 Victory Parade in Moscow where he carried the unit colors of the Moscow Artillery Academy.

Regards,

slava1stclass

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Gents,

  Almost 69 years after receiving his Silver Star, HSU A. P. Voloshin still proudly wears it next to his HSU gold star medal.  The fact that he wears just these two decorations is a statement in itself. 

Regards,

slava1stclass

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Gents,

  HSU Guards Colonel Vasiliy F. Orlov seen wearing the Legion of Merit in the degree of Officer which he was awarded in 1944.  He commanded 6th Guards Mechanized Corps, 4th Guards Tank Army, 1st Ukrainian Front.  Severely wounded in action on March, 17, 1945, he died the next day.  He was posthumously awarded the HSU title on April 6, 1945.

Regards,

slava1stclass

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Gents,

  This Legion of Merit paperwork as well as the officer's three Orders of the Red Banner and Legion of Merit decoration are currently available on the well-known auction site.  BIN price:  $14,999.99.

  Guards Colonel Sergey N. Demennikov was the Deputy Commander, 120th Guards Rifle Division.  Note the two incorrect spellings of his surname on the award paperwork. 

  He was awarded eight Soviet military orders for his wartime service:  three Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Suvorov Third Class, the Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy, the Order of the Patriotic War First Class and two Orders of the Red Star.   

Regards,

slava1stclass

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On ‎9‎/‎6‎/‎2012 at 13:06, slava1stclass said:

Gents,

While not a decoration per se, this is the first time I've ever encountered an immediate post-war image of a Red Army soldier wearing U.S. Army airborne wings.

We know U.S. Army personnel were awarded Red Army Guards badges at war's end. We now have evidence of a Red Army officer wearing U.S. Army jump wings.

Regards,

slava1stclass

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On ‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2012 at 16:23, slava1stclass said:

Gents,

A second image (albeit blurrier) of the same officer/jump wings (post # 117 above) from a different angle.

Regards,

slava1stclass

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Gents,

  This excellent photograph is currently available on the well-known auction site.  It is the best resolution copy I've seen thus far.  As a result, we now know our unidentified Soviet officer wearing U.S. Army jump wings (first mentioned above), was also awarded a United States Army Bronze Star Medal (the ribbon immediately above the jump wings). 

  The presentation ceremony occurred on May 12th, 1945, at the airport/airfield in Linz, Austria. Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 65th Infantry Division provided the honor guard.  General Patton presented Lt Gen N. D. Zakhvatayev, Commander, 4th Guards Army, with the Legion of Merit (LM) in the degree of Commander.  He also presented lower degree LMs to 12 other Red Army personnel. There is also a report Patton awarded some Bronze Star Medals to Red Army personnel that day.  It is unclear whether the Soviet officer wearing the ribbon for the Bronze Star Medal above the U.S. Army jump wings was one of them. 

Regards,

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Another cavalier of US Legion of Merits order, degree Commander, was Soviet Army Lt. General Vladimir Stepanovich KUZNETSOV (1898-1979). He was a commander of the 40 Rifle Corps.

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Unfortunately I couldn't locate his portrait with his US decoration on... But I have something interesting too.

The memorandum sent from HQ of US XIII Corps to their Soviet counterparts explaining the award procedure and information request to prepare citations for the Soviet Army personnel from soviet 40 Rifle Corps (17 may 1945).

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Prior to this on 16 May, Lt.Gen. KUZNETSOV was to diner with the commander of 102d Rifle Division Mj.Gen Frank. A. Keating.

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On ‎7‎/‎7‎/‎2017 at 22:09, Liopa said:

 

Gents,

  Thanks to Liopa for posting. 

  More accurately, the award ceremony involved a U.S. Army brigadier general from the 11th Armored Division presenting the awards to the Soviets.  After a bit of research, this is what is depicted: 

"American Generals Discuss Boundaries, Austria, May 12, 1945.  U.S. Brigadier General Holmes Dager of the 11th Armored Division meets Lieutenant General Rubanyuk (Иван Андреевич Рубанюк), Commanding General, 10th Guards Rifle Corps, 46th Army, 4th Ukrainian Front and discusses boundaries and future plans.  General Dager presents the Legion of Merit and Silver Star to the Russian general and his staff." 

  At war's end, the 11th Armored Division was in the vicinity of Linz, Austria.  

  Judging from the video, the lieutenant from the 101st Airborne Division was detailed to serve as the official interpreter that day.  The sharp eyed among you will have also noted he wears the Soviet Guards badge on his right breast pocket which was likely awarded at an earlier time.  Based on their shoulder patches, the other U.S. Army officers in the video were assigned to the armored division .  

  It was also interesting to note the Soviets received the decorations' award cases at the end of the ceremony.

  Dager retired from active service in 1947 as a Major General.  His final assignment was as Commanding General, U.S. Forces, Austria.  Highly decorated for valor, numbering among Dager's awards were the: 

Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
World War I Victory Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Service Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Presidential Unit Citation

Regards,

slava1stclass

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Gents,

  An extremely crisp image of the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal awarded to Guards Captain V. P. Kuzyukov.  During the war, Kuzyukov commanded the 101st Guards Independent Reconnaissance Company assigned to the 98th Guards Rifle Division.  The division participated in the Vienna and Prague operations and was subordinate to the 3rd Ukrainian Front.  Kuzyukov's Bronze Star Medal likely resulted from a reciprocal field award presentation as U.S. and Soviet forces linked up in Czechoslovakia at war's end.

Kozyukhov's sole Soviet decoration was the OPWII.  At the time this photograph was taken (August 1946), the 98th Guards Rifle Division had converted to/been redesignated the 98th Guards Airborne Division.

Regards,

slava1stclass

 

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