LYUBIMOV ALEXANDR VLADIMIROVISH
sergeant a participant in World War II, Full cavalier of the Order of Glory (April 24, 1945)
Born May 14, 1919 in the city of Kiev. In a working class family. Russian. At the age of 4, he remained an orphan. He lived and was brought up in an orphanage. He graduated from 8 classes of high school. He worked as a turner apprentice, then as a turner at the “Leninsky Forge” shipyard in Kiev.
In the summer of 1941, he was evacuated to Tashkent, where he worked at a defense enterprise. He was drafted into the Red Army by the Stalin regional military commissariat of the city of Tashkent in March 1943.
Since October 1943, in the ranks of the 246th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 82nd Rifle Division in Regimental Intelligence. He fought on the 3rd Ukrainian, from June 1944 – on the 1st Belorussian fronts. He participated in the Melitopol, Nizhnedneprovsk, Nikopol-Krivorozh, Bereznegovato-Snigirevskaya, Odessa, Belorussian, Vistula-Oder, Berlin offensive operations.
He distinguished himself in the Nikopol-Kryvyi Rih offensive operation. In the battle for the Otradny farm of the Apostolovsky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region of the Ukrainian SSR on January 29, 1944, when the enemy machine gunner stopped moving, he got close to the machine gun point and with automatic fire destroyed the entire crew and ran into the German trench, deployed a machine gun and opened fire from him at the enemy.
“For the exemplary performance of the combat missions of the Command at the front of the fight against the German invaders and the valor and courage shown” by order of the units of the 82nd Guards Rifle Division of April 3, 1944, he was awarded the Order of Glory of the 3rd degree.
He proved himself a brave and excellent intelligence officer in battles at the Magnuszewski bridgehead in Poland. On the night of October 6, 1944, as part of a reconnaissance group, he secretly came close to the front line of the enemy’s defense and destroyed the machine gunner with an accurate throw of a grenade.
He was awarded the Order of Glory of the 2nd degree “for the exemplary fulfillment of the combat missions of the Command at the front of the fight against the German invaders and the valor and courage shown” by order of the troops of the 8th Guards Army dated November 12, 1944.
Again distinguished himself in the course of hostilities at the Magnushevsky bridgehead. After organizing the defense, the Germans decided to repulse the point with a counter attack. But his group repelled a counter attack and was able to destroy nearby enemy troops.
“For the exemplary performance of the combat missions of the Command at the front of the struggle against the German invaders and the valor and courage shown at the same time”, he was awarded the Order of Glory of the 1st degree by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945.
In 1947 he was demobilized. He lived in the city of Kaliningrad (regional center).
Died July 17, 1999. He was buried in the city cemetery of Kaliningrad on the Baltic highway.