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"Award Order
  1. Name: Popov, Semyon Yakovlevich
  2. Rank: Guards Sergeant
  3. Position, unit: assistant driver, 83rd Guards Tank Regiment, 18th Dniester Guards Mechanized Brigate, 9th Dniester-Rymninskiy Guards Order of the Red Banner Mechanized Corps
    is nominated for the Order of Glory 3rd Class.
  4. Year of birth: 1901
  5. Nationality: Russian
  6. Party affiliation: none
  7. Participation in the Civil War, subsequent actions in defense of the USSR, Patriotic War: since February 1945 to present, 2nd Ukrainian Front.
  8. Wounds and contusions in the Patriotic War: none
  9. In the Red Army since: November 1941
  10. Recruited by: Chimkent recruitment office, south Kazakhstan
  11. Prior awards: none
Brief and specific description of personal heroism or achievements:

On the approach to the city of Banská Štiavnica, our tanks could not climb up an iced over slope. Tankers had to exit their tanks and lay branches or loge underneath the tracks. Ignoring the constant threat of enemy fire, he walked in front of the tank for 600 meters laying everything he could find underneath the tracks, thanks to which the tank was the first to enter the city and the first to reach the opposite outskirts. The combined actions of the crew led to the destruction of 2 SPGs, 5 machine gun nests, and up to 20 fascists.

For courage, bravery, and tenacity displayed in battle with German invaders, comrade Popov is worthy of the government award of the Order of Glory 3rd Class.

Commander of the 83rd Guards Tank Regiment, Guards Major Nemchenko"


It doesn't say what kind of tank Popov served in, but the mention of an assistant driver gives a hint. At the time the 9th Guards Mechanized Corps primarily used M4A2(76)W tanks.

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