SVIDERSKIY ALEXANDR GRIGOREVICH
Major, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (May 16, 1944).
He was born on June 10, 1908 in the village of Karabutovo, Konotop district, Sumy region (Ukraine) in a working-class family. He was Ukrainian. He finished a village school. He worked as the secretary of the Konotop district committee of the trade union. He had been in the Red Army since 1928. In 1931 he graduated from the Kirov Equestrian School, and in 1932 from the command training course.
From June 1941 he served in World War II. He fought on the Western and 4th Ukrainian fronts. He was the commander of the 867th Self-Defense Artillery Regiment (the 202nd Tank Brigade of the 19th Tank Corps of the 4th Ukrainian Front).
He was seriously wounded on June 27, 1941. Doctors considered him unfit for military service. Upon discharge from the military hospital, he was appointed military commissar of Samarkand region.
After completing his officer’s course, he returned to the army. In early April 1944, after intense artillery and aviation training, the troops of the 51st Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front attacked, and by April 10, the enemy’s defenses were breached in the Sivash region.
On April 11, 1944, he fought in the battle for the city of Dzhankoy in the Crimea. The artillery destroyed tanks and armored trains, destroyed four anti-aircraft guns, and allowed Soviet tank troops to enter the city.
He died on April 17, 1944, near the village of Uglovoye on the outskirts of Sevastopol, from severe injuries. He was buried in the Bakhchisaray (Crimea) fraternity cemetery.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 16, 1944 “For exemplary performance of combat duties, courage and heroism in the fight against Nazi invaders on the front”, Major Sviderskiy Alexandr was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union” (after his death).