ANATOLIY NAUMOVICH KUZMIN
junior sergeant, participant in World War II, Hero of the Soviet Union (03.24.1945).
He was born on October 19, 1924 in the village of Verkh-Anuyskoye (Bistroistoksky district of the Altai Krai). He moved to Biysk in 1930 and to Ashgabat in 1938. He finished from high school.
In the Red Army since 1942. In September of that year, during World War II. He fought in the battles of Stalingrad, Don, South-West, 2nd and 1st Ukrainian fronts. He took part in the Battle of Stalingrad, the liberation of the Ukrainian SSR and Poland.
By January 1945, he was the 1st Belorussian Front, 47th Army, 60th Rifle Division, 1281st Rifle Regiment, 45mm artillery guide. He was active in Operation Wisla-Oder. On January 15-16, 1945, while breaking through the German defenses and crossing the Vistula River near the town of Novi-Dvur-Mazowiecki, he destroyed several enemy firing points. He repulsed the German counterattack on a platsdarm on the west bank of the river and continued to fight despite being severely wounded.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945, Junior Sergeant Anatoly Naumovich Kuzmin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union “For exemplary performance of the command’s combat missions, courage and heroism in the fight against the Nazi invaders on the front”.
Released in September 1947 due to disability. In 1949 he graduated from the Ashgabat Law School, then worked in the Pyatigorsk and Barnaul city prosecutor’s office. From 1961 he worked in Samarkand.
He died on June 4, 1992 and was buried in the Military Cemetery in Samarkand.