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Ivan Andreyevich Kabalin
File:Ivan Kabalin.jpg
Native name Иван Андреевич Кабалин
Born 10 June 1923
Died 15 November 1982
Place of birth Aleksandrovka village, Chuvash Autonomous Oblast, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Place of death Kanash
Allegiance Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Army
Years of service 1942–55
Rank Junior lieutenant
Unit 25th Guards Rifle Division
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards

Hero of the Soviet Union medal
Order of Lenin ribbon bar
Order of the Red Banner

Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class
Ivan Andreyevich Kabalin (Russian: Иван Андреевич Кабалин; 10 June 1923 – 15 November 1982) was a Soviet Army junior lieutenant and Hero of the Soviet Union. Kabalin was a sergeant and a squad leader in a mortar company during the Battle of the Dnieper and was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for reportedly killing 250 German soldiers while repulsing counterattacks. Kabalin stayed in the army postwar and retired in 1955 as a junior lieutenant. He worked as a turner and then director of a carriage works after graduating from a railway college.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Kabalin was born on 10 June 1923 in Alexandrovka village in the Chuvash Autonomous Oblast to a working-class family. He graduated from seventh grade in 1940. After graduation, Kabalin and his family moved to Kanash, where he worked as a turner at the Kanash Car Repair Plant.[1][2]

World War IIEdit

In May 1942, Kabalin was drafted into the Red Army. He fought in combat from July 1942. He became a squad leader of a mortar company in the 25th Guards Rifle Division's 78th Guards Rifle Regiment. Kabalin fought in the Battle of Kursk and the Belgorod-Khar'kov Offensive Operation during the summer of 1943. On 1 October, Kabalin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.[3] In October, the regiment fought in the Battle of the Dnieper. On 23 October 1943, he reportedly killed 250 German soldiers and suppressed five machine gun positions while repulsing counterattacks during the defense of a bridgehead north of Zaporizhia. For his actions, Kabalin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin on 22 February 1944.[1][2][4]

Kabalin fought through the rest of the war with the division. On 25 February 1944, he was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class.[5]

PostwarEdit

After the end of the war, Kabalin continued to serve in the Soviet Army. In 1955, he retired with the rank of junior lieutenant. He graduated from the Alatyr Railway College the year before. He worked as a turner and later became director of the Kanash Carriage Works. Kabalin died on 15 November 1982.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hero of the Soviet Union medal  Ivan Kabalin at the "Герои страны" ("Heroes of the Country") website (Russian)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Кабалин Иван Андреевич" (in Russian). http://gov.cap.ru/SiteMap.aspx?gov_id=61&id=89708. 
  3. Order No. 86, 6th Army, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  4. Hero of the Soviet Union citation, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  5. Order No. 10, 26th Guards Rifle Corps, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru

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