PEN IGOR PETROVICH
guard staff sergeant, a participant in World War II, Full cavalier of the Order of Glory (June 29.1945)
Born on January 18, 1924 in the city of Omsk in a working class family. Chinese. He was brought up in an orphanage. He graduated from school factory training.
He lived in the city of Bukhara, worked as a cooper at a winery, at a construction site, from where he was drafted into the Red Army in September 1942. At the front since November 1943.
He began the battle path in the infantry, participated in the battles for the liberation of Melitopol, Crimea. Was injured. After the hospital he was sent to a tank school. Returning to the front, he was enrolled in the 60th Guards Tank Brigade as a machine gunner in the tank crew, then he was reloading, the commander of the tank’s guns. He fought on the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian, 1st and 2nd Belorussian fronts.
On August 30, 1944, in a battle near the village of Aleksandrów Kujawski (Poland), as part of a crew, he destroyed an enemy anti-tank gun, two machine guns and more than 10 Nazis. When the tank approached the enemy’s trench, it destroyed the machine gunners, thereby clearing the way for the infantry. After taking the settlement, the tank company continued the raid and came under attack from bombers. Three tanks were set on fire, the crews went out to their own, carried all the wounded and brought 6 prisoners.
By order of the 8th Guards Tank Corps on September 21, 1944, Guards Staff Sergeant Peng Igor Petrovich was awarded the Order of Glory of the 3rd degree.
On January 16, 1945, while breaking through the enemy’s defense in the area of the village of Mlawa (Poland), while fulfilling the duties of gun commander and loader, he eliminated the Panther tank, destroyed an anti-tank gun and more than 10 enemy soldiers.
By order of the February 14, 1945 Guard, Staff Sergeant Peng Igor Petrovich was awarded the Order of Glory of the 2nd degree.
On March 5, 1945, while fighting in the area of the city of Preysysz-Stargard (now Starogard Gdanski, Poland), acting as part of the crew, eliminated 2 enemy tanks, crushed a gun, a battery of heavy mortars, burned 5 vehicles with ammunition and equipment, and exterminated over 40 Nazis. When the unit commander’s tank was hit and caught fire, he was able to put out the fire and saved the fighting vehicle. In one of the final battles he was seriously injured, doctors amputated his leg. He met Victory Day in the hospital, spent almost two years in hospitals.
By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 29, 1945, Staff Sergeant Peng Igor Petrovich was awarded the Order of Glory of the 1st degree “For exemplary performance of command assignments in battles with the Nazi invaders at the final stage of the Great Patriotic War of the Guard”.
In 1947, demobilized. Arrived in the city of Omsk.
During the liquidation of the earthquake in Tashkent, he was the chief engineer of the All-Union student construction team. Last years he lived in Rostov-on-Don, worked as a staff engineer in the “Rostovgrazhdanproekt” association.
He died on September 5, 1998. He was buried in the Northern cemetery in Rostov-on-Don.