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Twice Hero of the Soviet Union

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"Award Order
  1. Name: Hohryakov, Semyon Vasilyevich
  2. Title: Guards Major
  3. Position: Commander of the 209th Tank Battalion, 54th Guards Tank Briade, 7th Guards Tank Corps, 3rd Guards Tank Army
    is nominated for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
  4. Year of birth: 1915
  5. Nationality: Russian
  6. Party affiliation: VPK(b) member since 1939
  7. Participation in the Civil War, subsequent actions in defense of the USSR, Patriotic War: Kalinin Front from October 1941 to July 1942, 1st Ukrainian Front from December 1943 to present
  8. Wounds or concussions in the Patriotic War: heavily wounded on May 1st, 1942, wounded a second time on March 20th, 1944
  9. In the Red Army since: October 1937
  10. Recruited by: Chelyabinsk recruitment office
  11. Previous awards: Order of the Polar Star (MPR) in November of 1939, "For Courage" medal in November of 1939
Brief and specific description of heroism: In combat between March 4th and March 18th, 1944, comrade Hohryakov displayed heroic courage, tenacity, bravery, and skill in commanding in battle. His battalion dealt the following damage to the enemy:
Destroyed:
  • Anti-tank guns: 9
  • SPGs: 22
  • Machineguns (various): 30
  • PzIV tanks: 10
  • Cars (various): 14
  • Mortars: 19
  • Soldiers and officers: 342
Captured:
  • Cars: 9
  • Train cars with cargo: 18
  • Diesel fuel: 20 tons
  • Carts with cargo: 750
  • Soldiers and officers: 130
Comrade Hohryakov personally destroyed:
  • Anti-tank guns: 4
  • SPGs: 6
  • Machineguns (various): 10
  • PzIV tanks: 4
  • Cars: 5
  • Mortars: 6
  • Soldiers and officers: 118
and captured:
  • Soldiers and officers: 36
  • Carts with cargo: 270
For heroism displayed in battle with German invaders, Guards Major Hohryakov is worthy of the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
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Award Order
  1. Name: Hero of the Soviet Union, Hohryakov, Semyon Vasilyevich
  2. Title: Guards Major
  3. Position: Commander of the 2nd Tank Battalion, 54th Guards Tank Briade
    is nominated for the title of Twice Hero of the Soviet Union.
  4. Year of birth: 1915
  5. Nationality: Russian
  6. Party affiliation: VPK(b) member
  7. Participation in the Civil War, subsequent actions in defense of the USSR, Patriotic War: in the Patriotic War since June 1941 to present
  8. Wounds or concussions in the Patriotic War: 2 heavy wounds, 3 light
  9. In the Red Army since: October 1937
  10. Recruited by: Chelyabinsk recruitment office
  11. Previous awards: Hero of the Soviet Union on May 24th, 1944, Order of the Polar Star in 1939, "For Courage" medal in 1939
Brief and specific description of heroism: in combat between January 12th and January 18th, 1945, the 2nd Tank Battalion commanded by comrade Major Hohryakov traveled over 200 km from Szydłów to the German-Polish border at the city of [illegible]epice.

On their way, they forded in battle the rivers Nida, Pilica, and Warta, which were heavily fortified by the enemy.

On January 15th, the 2nd Tank Battalion was appointed as the advance guard of the brigade, where it fought from Naglivice to Ishvnice. In battle, comrade Hohryakov acted bravely and decisively, dealing great damage to the enemy in both personnel and materiel during his steadfast advance. At 18:00 on January 16th, he burst into Menstohova and engaged the enemy alongside a motorized submachinegunner battalion and the city was cleared of the enemy by 15:00 on January 17th. Comrade Hohryakov's battalion destroyed or captured:
  • Soldiers and officers: 1200
  • Horses with carriages: over 200
  • Tiger and Panther tanks: 8
  • Field guns: 25
  • Mortars: [illegible]
  • Machineguns, light and heavy: 52
  • Rifles and submachineguns: over 700
  • Armoured cars: 10
  • Trucks: over 150
  • Passenger cars: 20
The battalion's losses during this period of time consist of 5 tanks, 10 men killed, and 21 wounded.

For courage, bravery, skillful command of the brigade's advance guard, comrade Hohryakov is worthy of the title of Twice Hero of the Soviet Union."

CAMD RF 33-793756-60

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