GRIGOROV IVAN ALEKSEEVICH
Senior Sergeant of the Guard, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (April 10, 1945)
He was born in a Russian peasant family. He finished the 6 th grade. He moved to Uzbekistan in the early 1930s with the onset of collectivization. He worked as an inspector in Bekabad Inter-Farm Association (Tashkent region).
He served in the Red Army from 1936 to 1939. In 1941, with the outbreak of World War II, he was drafted into the army, and from July 1942 he commanded the gun-crew. He took part in the battle of Stalingrad, the liberation of Belarus and Ukraine.
In the battles for the expansion of the bridgehead on the west bank of the Oder River, the artillery, led by I. Grigorov, constantly fired directly at the fighting troops of the enemy infantry. Especially in the battles in the village of Brisen (northwest of Bzeg), the artillery was active. On January 25, 1945, Sergeant I.A.Grigorov’s gun-crew repulsed the enemy’s attack, destroying 2 artillery pieces, 2 armored vehicles, and 3 anti-aircraft guns. On February 6, the artillery halted the German column, prevented its combat expansion, and defeated it along with the entire division.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of April 10, 1945, “For exemplary performance of command duties and bravery and heroism in the fight against Nazi invaders on the front”, Senior Guards Sergeant Ivan Alekseyevich Grigorov was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.