Ivan Mikhailovich


Ivan Mikhailovich Zinchenko was the battery commander of the 127th Guards Artillery Regiment of the 59th Guards Rifle Division of the 46th Army of the 2nd Ukrainian Front, Guard senior Lieutenant, the Hero of the Soviet Union.  Since 1939, he lived with his family in the village of Rassvet in the Khabar district of the same region. He finished the 8th grade and pedagogical college in Slavgorod, the Altai Krai. He worked as a teacher in the villages of Novoilinka, Starobogatsk, Pioneer of Labor. In December 1941, he was drafted into the Red Army. In 1942, he completed the accelerated course of Kiev Artillery School, evacuated to the city of Krasnoyarsk. Since July 1942, he was in the active army as the platoon commander of an artillery battery of 122-mm howitzers. He participated in the battles of Stalingrad, liberated Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria. He especially distinguished himself in the battles on the territory of Hungary, during the Budapest offensive operation. On December 4, 1944, Senior Lieutenant Zinchenko of the Guards crossed to the right bank of the Danube River under enemy fire with a radio station. Being in the infantry position, he corrected the division’s fire. After crossing his battery in the hardest battle to hold the bridgehead, he participated in repelling six counterattacks and suppressing enemy firing points, was seriously wounded. By his actions, he contributed to the retention of a bridgehead in the area of the city of Adon (44 km southwest of the city of Budapest, Hungary). By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated March 24, 1945, Senior Lieutenant Ivan Mikhailovich Zinchenko was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal (No. 3776) for exemplary performance of command tasks and courage and heroism in battles with the Nazi invaders of the Guard. After the hospital, he returned to the front. He ended the war by entering the Austrian city of Freystadt, where the Soviet Army met with the Americans. After the Victory, he continued his service in the Soviet Army. Since June 1983, Colonel of Justice Zinchenko was in reserve. He worked at the Inter-Republican Bar Association.

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