Grigory Petrovich Starov

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class nr. 49137 was posthumously awarded by Order of the 54th Army of April 30, 1944 to Lieutenant Colonel Grigory Petrovich Starov (Григорий Петрович Старов), the commanding officer of the 1467th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment, 54th Army, Leningrad Front.

Promotions

Date

Lieutenant

1938

Senior Lieutenant

June 2, 1941

Captain

December 27, 1941

Major

October 3, 1942

Lieutenant Colonel

October 14, 1943

Grigory Starov was born on May 21, 1917 in a small village near Chkalov (Orenburg) in southern Russia, not far from the Kazakh border. In November 1935, shortly after finishing high school, he joined the army. Starov enrolled at Sevastopol Antiaircraft Artillery School and after graduating in the spring of 1938 he was promoted to Lieutenant.

Starov was given command of an antiaircraft artillery platoon stationed in the Byelorussian Military District. On June 21, 1941, just one day before the German invasion, he was promoted to Senior Lieutenant. Starov rapidly climbed up the ranks: within a few months he was promoted to chief adjutant, then chief of staff, and later deputy commmander of the 216th Independent Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion in the Volkhov Front's 59th Army. By early 1942 he had attained the rank of Captain and in July he was nominated for a Combat Merit Medal, which was to be his first decoration. Later that same year he was appointed commander of the 216th Battalion and promoted to Major.

Throughout 1943 Starov's battalion was deployed along the Volkhov River. Before long, Starov reached the zenith of his career when he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on October 14, 1943 and given command of the 1467th Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment in the sector of the Volkhov Front's 54th Army. Starov was only 26 and it had been just five years since he had graduated and been given a commission. At this time an antiaircraft artillery regiment consisted of 100 76-mm or 85-mm artillery pieces, 3 37-mm guns, and 25 quadruple machine guns mounted on trucks. In December 1943 Starov was awarded his second decoration, an Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class.

One of Starov's gunners was Private Nina Volkova, a young girl from the Vologda area. For shooting down several planes Starov awarded her the Medal for Courage, bestowing it right on the front line. Shortly before she died, Nina gave an impression of life in the 1467th Regiment in one of her letters home:

I'm writing you this letter having only one dream, which is to look at you all one more time. You have probably all grown up and I simply won't be able to recognize you, just like you won't recognize me. I'm writing this letter while shells are exploding all around me and "music" is playing. You wrote that there was a holiday back home. Here we tend to forget all holidays, we just don't know which one's when. We have only one goal - both at home and at the front - and that is to expel the enemy from our territory as fast as possible. I want to let you know that life is well. We don't have a permanent deployment location; we are advancing.

Lieutenant Colonel Starov also died within a short time. He was killed in action on April 5, 1944, at the age of 26. He had been inspecting his regiment's firing positions on the front line. One day later, the deputy army commander recommended Starov for a posthumous Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

The order was officially awarded on April 30, 1944 and sent to Starovís wife, Valentina Alekseyevna. Starov himself was given a field grave, most likely near the city of Porkhov, which is located some 250 kilometers south of Saint Petersburg and which had been liberated by the 54th Army just over a month earlier. It seems that the gravesite was turned into an official war cemetery in 1951. It is now the final resting place of 5,257 World War Two casualties. A monument of a mourning soldier was erected, in front of which 18 granite plates list the names of all casualties buried here.


Record card of an awardee [first]

Last name: Starov
First name: Grigory
Patronymic: Petrovich
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Position and unit: Commander of the 1467th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment, 54th Army

Awarded:

Awarded which order or medal

Date of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR

Awarded for what

Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 35746, temporary certificate nr. A-091874 [citation]

Order nr. 0123/N of December 20, 1943

For the fighting with the German invaders

 

[Blue stamp: Award issued]

 

Home address: Kazakh SSR. 54th Army, Volkhov Front

Biographical particulars

1. Year of birth: 1917
2. Place of birth:
3. Party membership and period: Member of the Communist Party
4. Nationality: Ukrainian
5. Period of service in the Red Army:
6. Award documents are located in file nr.:

Awards issued:

Order or medal

Date of issue

Place of issue

Number of the order or medal

Number of the award document

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Other remarks:


Record card of an awardee [second]

Last name: Starov
First name: Grigory
Patronymic: Petrovich
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Position and unit: Commander of the 1467th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment

Awarded:

Awarded which order or medal

Date of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR

Awarded for what

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class nr. 49137, temporary certificate nr. B-367734 [citation]

Order nr. 036/N of April 30, 1944

For the fighting with the German invaders

 

[Blue stamp: Award issued]

 

Home address: Adamovka Raion, Torghai Oblast. 54th Army, Leningrad Front

Biographical particulars

1. Year of birth: 1917
2. Place of birth:
3. Party membership and period: Member of the Communist Party
4. Nationality: Ukrainian
5. Period of service in the Red Army:
6. Award documents are located in file nr.:

Awards issued:

Order or medal

Date of issue

Place of issue

Number of the order or medal

Number of the award document

Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other remarks:


Award sheet [for his MCM, not listed on his record cards]

All fields to be filled out fully

Last name, first name and patronymic: Starov, Grigory Petrovich
Military rank: Captain
Position and unit: Deputy commander of the 216th Independent Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion of the Air Defense Forces
Nominated for: Medal for Combat Merit
1. Year of birth: 1917
2. Nationality: Ukrainian
3. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1935
4. Party affiliation: Candidate member of the Communist Party since 1942
5. Participation in combat (where and when): On the Western Front from June 1941 through December 1941 and on the Volkhov Front since January 1942
6. Wounds and contusions received: No
7. Awards received previously (for which merits): None
8. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military commissariat of the Novonikolayevka Raion, Zaporozhe Oblast
9. Permanent home address (of the prospective awardee or his family): ______________

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

G.P. Starov, deputy commander of the 216th Independent Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, has been serving at the front since day one of the Patriotic War. He takes initiative and is a rising commander. He often helps the battery commanders in their activities. He passes on his knowledge to the men of the battalion on an everyday basis.

In a period of 5 months on the Volkhov Front, the battalion shot down 27 enemy aircraft.

Comrade Starov deserves the Medal for Combat Merit.

Commander of the 216th Independent Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion of the Air Defense Forces
Major [signed] /Khramov/

Military commissar of the 216th Independent Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion of the Air Defense Forces
Battalion Commissar [signed] /Stasenko/


Award sheet [for his OPW2]

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1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Starov, Grigory Petrovich
2. Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
3. Position and unit: Commander of the 1467th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment
Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
4. Year of birth: 1917
5. Nationality: Ukrainian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1942
7. Participation in the Civil War and the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR (where and when): From June 22, 1941 through January 7, 1942 on the Western Front and since January 17 on the Volkhov Front
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1935
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military commissariat of the Pokrovskoye Raion, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast
11. Awards received previously (for which merits): Medal for Combat Merit for shooting down 7 aircraft
12. Permanent home address (of the prospective awardee and the address of his family): 19 Kalinin Street, city of Kustanai

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

As the commander of the 216th Independent Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, comrade Starov organized the combat training of the men of the battalion in an excellent manner and achieved a high level of combat readiness. In combat with fascist aircraft, comrade Starov's battalion carried out its combat mission in an excellent manner. During the period between November 1941 and December 1942 the battalion shot down 65 enemy aircraft. For their successes in combat the battalion received the "guards" status (being renamed to 11th Guards Independent Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion) and comrade Starov was promoted to regimental commander.

Since December 15, 1942 comrade Starov has been serving as the commander of the 1467th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, making sure that the men of his regiment work together perfectly and achieving a high level of combat readiness of the regiment. The batteries of the regiment shot down 43 and damaged 4 enemy aircraft. 4 of them were shot down and 1 was damaged under comrade Starov's direct supervision. The last enemy aircraft (a Me-110) was shot down in November 1943 in the sector of the 54th Army.

In difficult fighting conditions comrade Starov showed himself a strong-willed, decisive, and brave officer with great organizational skills. His personal qualities in large part enabled the successes of the combat actions of the units under his command.

Among the men of the regiment he in considered a major authority. He is dedicated to the Party of Lenin and Stalin.

For the excellent results of the combat actions of his battalion and regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Starov, a brave, sophisticated officer, deserves the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Deputy artillery commander for air defense of the 54th Army
Colonel [signed] /Yermakov/
December 9, 1943


Award sheet [for his OPW1]

All fields to be filled out fully

1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Starov, Grigory Petrovich
2. Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
3. Position and unit: Commander of the 1467th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment
Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class posthumously
4. Year of birth: 1917
5. Nationality: Ukrainian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1942
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR, and the Patriotic War (where and when): From June 22, 1941 through January 17, 1942 on the Western Front and since January 17 on the Volkhov Front
8. Wiunds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No, he was killed in action at the front
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1939
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military commissariat of the Pokrovskoye Raion, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast
11. Awards received previously (for which merits): Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class and Medal for Combat Merit
12. Permanent home address of the recommendee and the address of his family: 19 Kalinin Street, city of Kustanai

Short, concrete description of personal combat feat or merits:

As a regimental commander he achieved cohesion and a high level of combat proficiency among the men of the regiment. During our troops' offensive he made sure that the forward advancing units were supported with artillery fire.

Personally displaying bravery, courage, and cold-bloodedness in combat, he achieved a high level of fortitude among the men of the regiment during artillery shellings or bombardments of our firing positions.

During combat missions he personally led the march of the units to the foremost line of defense.

Covering the combat formations of the advancing troops, Lieutenant Colonel Starov's regiment in the course of just one month, between March 6, 1944 and April 6, 1944, shot down thirty-one (31) enemy aircraft.

Lieutenant Colonel Starov was killed in action while reconnoitering firing positions near the front line.

Up until the very end of his life he remained dedicated to the cause of the Party of Lenin and Stalin and the socialist motherland.

Lieutenant Colonel Starov deserves to be awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class posthumously.

Deputy artillery commander for air defense of the 54th Army
Colonel [signed] /Yermakov/
April 6, 1944



Lieutenant Colonel Grigory Petrovich Starov


Lieutenant Colonel Starov's signature


Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class nr. 49137, obverse and reverse


The mass grave and memorial outside the city of Porkhov, where Starov was laid to rest in the 1950s



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