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Full Cavalier of the Order of Glory

May 8, 2020

 For almost 35 years, from 1959 to 1993, Alexander Gagrilovich Kogutenko, the Full Cavalier of the Order of Glory, who left his victorious inscription on the walls of the defeated Reichstag, worked as a leading designer at RSC Energia.

This man went from Stalingrad to Berlin. A group of young soldiers including Kogutenko arrived in the city on the Volga when the battles were already over. They removed living people from under the rubble of the destroyed buildings, buried the dead, and picked up unexploded mines and shells.

After Stalingrad A.G. Kogutenko was enrolled at a squadron of submachine gunners of the 8th Guards Army which participated in liberation of the Ukraine. When crossing the Severskyi Donets River he first went into combat.

Alexander Gagrilovich participated in the liberation of Zaporozhie, Nikolaev, Odessa. In the summer of 1944 their army was sent to Byelorussia to take part in the Bagration Operation. There, sergeant Kogutenko was awarded the Order of Glory of III degree. He was among the first to cross the Vistula River. In the battle in the area north-east of the city of Radom he gunned enemy soldiers and helped advance the infantry subunit.

Alexander Gavrilovich received the Order of Glory of the II degree after the events that occurred in the area of the village of Dobeshin. During the enemys counterattack the squad section under the command of Kogutenko destroyed the fascist tankborne infantry.

During the Berlin operation, when a group of fighters captured a corner house with hand grenades and submachine gunner he killed five fascist soldiers and one officer, for that he was awarded the Order of Glory of the I degree.

As the veteran recalled, when the Berlin permanent post threw out a white flag, hungry German children ran up for a portion of soldier's kasha during a festive dinner. They were not refused. Together with kasha each of them was given a piece of chocolate which was found in one of the occupied buildings - a confectionery factory. In response, children who did not know the Russian word thank you said Hitler Kaput. This is how a genuine generosity of our soldiers was manifested, who throughout the war saw how the fascists slaughtered, tortured and starved the Soviet children.

Hero of the Great Patriotic War A.G. Kogutenko passed away on March 12, 2020.

 

 

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