UTKIN MIXAIL VASILEYEVICH
a private, a participant in World War II, Full holder of the Order of Glory (April 10, 1945)
He was born on March 14, 1923 in the village of Kostyuchi, Oktyabrsk district, Syzran, Samara region, in a working class family. Russian. Incomplete education. He worked as a mechanic in the Batraki station depot repair and mechanical workshop. In May 1942, he volunteered at the Syzran Military Commissariat and joined the Red Army. From November 1942 in World War II.
He enters the battle for the first time near Stalingrad and is wounded. He returns to the front after treatment. He was a dog trainer who destroyed a unique military specialty – tanks.
Until the end of the war, in March 1943, the 2nd Special Regiment, formed in the 3rd Guards Army of the South-Western Front, fought as part of a special service of dog trainers.
In addition to his special duties, Utkin, a private, destroyed the enemy’s living force. During the battles on July 3-6, 1943, he destroyed 7 enemy soldiers and 2 snipers in the village of Privolnoye (Krasnodar Krai).
Awarded the Medal for Courage, and later in the battles on the 4th and 1st fronts in southwestern Ukraine, Private Utkin repeatedly excelled in his duties. In the battles of August 27 to October 25, 1943, he fought with the dogs of tank destroyers as part of the 303rd Anti-Tank Division of the 243rd Rifle Division.
Destroys 15 enemy soldiers in personal battles. On January 1, 1944, in the village of Novo-Troitskoye (Dnepropetrovsk region), he repulsed an enemy counterattack, wounded his left arm, but did not leave the battlefield, destroying 11 Nazis with his machine gun. In all, he killed 29 German soldiers in the battles of August 27, 1943 and January 2, 1944.
He was awarded the Order of Glory III degree by the order of the troops of the 3rd Guards Division on January 22, 1944.
In the offensive battles near the city of Nikopol on January 30-31, 1944, in retaliation for the enemy’s counterattack, Utkin, a private, destroyed four Nazis.
While on the defensive from May 25 to June 15, he took part in a sniper hunt with a sniper rifle and destroyed 13 enemy soldiers and officers.
He was awarded the Order of Glory II degree by the order of the troops of the 3rd Guards Division on October 25, 1944.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of April 10, 1945, a private Mikhail Utkin was awarded the Order of Glory of the 1st degree “For exemplary performance of the command’s combat missions in the fight against the Nazi invaders on the front, and for the courage and heroism shown”.
Released in 1946. He lived in Tashkent. He worked as a plumber in Toshtekstilmash. He died on May 10, 1991. He was buried in Tashkent.