Lieutenant Dmitri Semyonovich Balashov (in the center) with the Red Army men of a platoon of submachine gunners (to the left – Anatoly Ivanovich Krivoi and to the right – Pyotr Fyodorovich Voskoboinikov).
Balashov Dmitry Semenovich (January 22, 1926 – October 3, 1995) was drafted into the Red Army on January 10, 1943.
In early 1944, after the end of the Tambov machine-gun school was sent to the front.
Fought as commander of a platoon of submachine-gunners of the 431st Khingansky, the Red Banner, the Suvorov Order of the 52nd Shumen-Vienna Infantry Regiment, twice the Red Banner Order, the Suvorov Order of the Rifle Division of the 57th Army of the 3rd Ukrainian Front. I was wounded twice. As part of the division, a combat route passed through Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia. He ended the war in September 1945 in China, participating in the defeat of the Kwantung Army of Japan.
He was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st and 2nd degree, three Orders of the Red Star, medals for the capture of Budapest, For the Taking of Vienna, For the Liberation of Belgrade, For the Liberation of Prague, For the Victory over Germany, “For the victory over Japan.”
Source: personal archive of Balashov V.D..
Date: November 20, 1944