TIKHONOV KONSTANTIN ANDREYEVICH
Junior Sergeant, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (October 30, 1943)
He was born on September 27, 1908, in the village of Vorobyevka (now Lisogorsk District), Saratov Region. He worked at a bakery in Bukhara. On January 3, 1942 he was drafted into the Red Army by the Bukhara district military commissariat. From April 1942 he took part in the Western and Central (February 1, 1943) fronts, the Battle of Kursk and the liberation of Ukraine. He was wounded on June 2, 1943.
On October 15, 1943, while crossing the Dnieper River in the Loyevsky district of Gomelsk Region, Senior Sergeant Tikhonov was one of the first to break into the German trenches. He also captured a machine gun in hand-to-hand combat and shot at enemy soldiers. With his platoon, he repulsed 3 times the enemy’s repeated attacks, maintained the hill and allowed the rest of the regiment to cross the river. In the battle on bridgehead, the warriors killed more than 120 Nazis, and Tikhonov himself killed 25 enemies.
He later served in the 1st and the 2nd Belorussian Fronts, in the liberation of Belarus and Poland, and welcomed victory in Germany.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of October 30, 1943, “For his courage in crossing the Dnieper and his contribution to the conquest of the bridgehead on the right bank”, Junior Sergeant Tikhonov Konstantin Andreyevich was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
He worked as a deputy director of the Bukhara bakery.
He died on January 2, 1953.