ABDULLAYEV SAMIG FAYZULOVICH
Sergeant, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (May 16, 1944)
Аbdullayev Samig Fayzulovich was born in 1917 in Tashkent in a family of peasants. He was Uzbek. He finished the 7th grade and graduated from Tashkent Art Institute.
He had served in Infantry since 1938.
From June 1941, he was a participant of World War II.
He served as a unit commander of the 97th Separate Motorized Engineering Sappers Battalion (North Caucasus Front) and fought valiantly in the autumn of 1943 for the liberation of the Kuban River and the Taman Peninsula.
On September 16, 1943, his battalion found and destroyed 97 enemy mines at night under the enemy fire in the village of Krasniy. Abdullayev neutralized 37 of them himself and opened the path for tanks. But soon a new obstacle appeared in front of the brigade. The Nazis blew up a bridge across the river. Abdullayev’s detachment restored the river crossing in three hours under the enemy fire, and provided tanks to moved forward. The next day, Abdullayev personally warned the explosion of another bridge, crawled to the base of the bridge, and cut a burning bickford wire. During this mission, Abdullayev was wounded, but did not leave the battlefield.
From September 16 to October 9, Sergeant Abdullayev, under enemy fire, found and neutralized about 3,000 mines of various types, including 39 non-digging mines and 34 unexpected mines (surprise mines).
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 16, 1944, “For exemplary performance of the command’s combat missions in the fight against the Nazi invaders, and for his courage and heroism”, Sergeant Abdullayev Samig Fayzulovich was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
After the war, Sergeant Abdullayev was demobilized. He had been a head of the Artists Union of Uzbekistan for 10 years. He had worked as the director of Uzbekistan State Art Museum since 1956. He lived in Tashkent end died in 1998.