YEFIMENKO GRIGORY ROMANOVICH
Major, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (March 24, 1945)
Grigory Efimenko was born on November 20, 1919 in the village of Sazda (now Akbulak district of Orenburg region). In 1939 he graduated from the School of Agricultural Mechanization, and then worked as a combine harvester on a collective farm. In January 1942, Efimenko was drafted into the Red Army by the Pop District Commissariat of Namangan Province, and from March he served in World War II. In 1943, he completed his junior lieutenant courses. Until July 1944, Lieutenant Grigory Efimenko commanded the artillery platoon of the 244th Infantry Regiment of the 41st Infantry Division of the 69th Army of the 1st Belorussian Front. He was active during the battle of crossing the West Bug River.
On July 21, 1944, Efimenko, with 17 warriors, crossed the Western Bug and captured an enemy trench on the outskirts of the village of Dubenko in Polish territory. The Germans made several counter-attacks, but all of them were eliminated. Efimenko’s group killed more than 100 enemy soldiers and officers and held the occupied bridgehead until the main forces arrived.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945, “For exemplary performance of combat duties, courage and heroism in the fight against German invaders”, Junior Lieutenant Grigory Efimenko was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”
He died on December 29, 1984.