Nikolai Andrianovich Sokirko

Order of the Red Star nr. 406985 was awarded by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of January 29, 1944 to 43- or 44-year-old civilian Nikolai Andrianovich Sokirko, chief of Floating Dock nr. 1064, Technical Department of the Black Sea Fleet.



Military Engineer 3rd Grade



April 29, 1947

Record card

Order booklet nr. 277299

1. Last name: Sokirko
2. First name and patronymic: Nikolai Andrianovich
3. Military rank: Military Engineer 3rd Grade
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1901
6. Place of birth: City of Odessa
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since 1944
8. Education: Higher
9. Nationality: Ukrainian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: From September 1942 through May 1945
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Chief of Floating Dock nr. 1064, Technical Department of the Black Sea Fleet
12. Current place of service and position: Chief of the floating dock of the A. Marti Yard, city of Odessa
13. Home address of the awardee: 17 Pasteur Street, apartment 11, city of Odessa

14. Record of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal

Serial number

Number of the document

Ground of award

Order of the Red Star [citation]


Temporary certificate nr. 49354

Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of January 29, 1944

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):

Military commissar of the ____Transport Raion
Captain [signed]
October 30, 1946

Award sheet

For (military rank; first name, patronymic, and last name; position; and name of the ship, unit, formation, or institution): Comrade Nikolai Andrianovich Sokirko, chief of Floating Dock nr. 1064, Technical Department of the Black Sea Fleet
Name of the award: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
1. Year of birth: 1901
2. Nationality: Ukrainian
3. Social situation and origins: Worker from a family of workers
4. Party membership and period: Not a member
5. Since when in the Red Army or Red Navy: Not serving
6. Participation in the Civil War: No
7. Wounds and contusions: No
8. Earlier recommendations for awards and for what: No
9. Which commendations and awards and for what: Received an honorary certificate from the People's Commissariat of the Navy for his great efforts repairing ships during the Patriotic War
10. Service in the White Army or other bourgeois armies and time spent in captivity: No
11. Permanent address: _______________

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits (to be compiled by the staff of the military unit, formation, or institution):

The floating dock under the command of comrade Sokirko has been working without interruptions or breakdowns throughout the Patriotic War. Among his most important accomplishments are the following:

  1. The dock's transfer from Odessa to Mariupol without dismantling the portal cranes, which had been secured using comrade Sokirko's calculations.
  2. The dock's transfer from Mariupol to Kerch, during which 4500 tons of lumber were delivered to the Crimean Front.
  3. The transfer from Kerch to Poti carrying a bulky load of rolling mills from the Voikov Factory in Kerch.
  4. The docking of the cruiser Krasny Kavkaz after it was damaged in combat. The operation was audaciously planned and accomplished brilliantly by comrade Sokirko.
  5. The transfer of submarines, placed on transport vehicles, to the coast. This original and difficult operation was developed and carried out using a method suggested by comrade Sokirko.
  6. The docking of the cruiser Frunze by separating its stern and aligning it to the cruiser Molotov within the dock. The operation was cumbersome, required exceptionally precise calculations, and was difficult to carry out. The operation was accomplished in an excellent manner.

Continuously occupying the positions of both chief of the floating dock and engineer-dockmaster, he trained a highly qualified, tight, and close-knit crew through his capable leadership, personal initiative, and daring efforts. His crew shows unlimited dedication to the cause of the Part of Lenin and Stalin and is always ready to carry out any assignment to the glory of our motherland. I nominate him for the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Captain of the cruiser Molotov, Black Sea Fleet
Captain 1st Grade [signed] /Romanov/
April 12, 1943

Captain-Engineer Nikolai Andrianovich Sokirko

Order of the Red Star nr. 406985, obverse and reverse

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Light cruiser Molotov

Map of the Black Sea area, showing the four port cities mentioned in the citation

Order of the Red Star nr. 406985, obverse

Order of the Red Star nr. 406985, reverse

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