Mikhail Moiseyevich Plaksin
Medal for Courage nr. 1290486 was awarded by Order of May 20, 1944 to the 23- or 24-year-old Master Sergeant Mikhail Moiseyevich Plaksin (Михаил Моисеевич Плаксин), a mortar commander in the 3rd Rifle Battalion, 1382nd Rifle Regiment, 87th Rifle Division, 55th Rifle Corps, 2nd Guards Army, 4th Ukrainian Front.
In May 1944 Plaksin's 87th Rifle Division fought near Sevastopol, in the Crimea. At the end of May Plaksin's division was transferred to the 51st Army and in June this army left the Crimea for the Baltic States. In August 1944 the 87th Rifle Division was fighting near the border between Latvia and Lithuania. The fighting here was fierce: the 1382nd Rifle Regiment alone lost 238 soldiers and NCOs in three days' time (August 18-20). One of the men who were killed in action on August 18, 1944 in southern Latvia was Master Sergeant Plaksin. He was 23 or 24 years old; this Medal for Courage was his only decoration.
Record card of an awardee
Last name: Plaksin
Home address: Ubinskoye Raion, Novosibirsk Oblast. 1382nd Rifle Regiment, 4th Ukrainian Front
1. Year of birth: 1920
Of the 1382nd Rifle Regiment, 87th Perekop Rifle Division, 55th Rifle Corps, 2nd Guards Army
May 20, 1944 - Nr. 20/N - Active Army
On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, I award:
The Medal for Courage to:
13. Master Sergeant Mikhail Moiseyevich Plaksin, mortar commander in the 3rd Rifle Battalion, for the fact that he, on May 8, 1944, destroyed an enemy firing position on the approaches to the city of Sevastopol.
Born in 1920, Russian, member of the Komsomol, had 8 classes of education, in the Red Army since 1940, drafted by the Military Commissariat of the Ubinskoye Raion, Novosibirsk Oblast. Home address: Novosibirsk Oblast, Ubinskoye Raion, village of Ubinskoye. Mother: Fyokla Petrovna Plaksina.
Commander of the 1382nd Rifle Regiment
Medal for Courage nr. 1290486, obverse and reverse
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