Russia - Soviet: A Siege of Budapest Order of Glory 3rd Class awarded to Guards Private Grigory Semyonovich Danilchuk, Anti-tank Gunner in the 136th Guards Rifle Regiment, 42nd Guards Rifle Division who was involved in the defeating of several German and Hungarian counter-attacks in which he was to destroy a light machine-gun and numerous troops whilst not allowing his trench to be captured.
Order of Glory 3rd Class, type 2, variation 1 numbered 225428.
Grigory Semyonovich Danilchuk was a Ukrainian national born in the village of Pogorilo, Murovaniye Kurilovtsy Raion, Vinnitsa Oblast in 1911. He served in the Red Army from July 1941 until February 1946, and saw frontline action from 1st April 1944 as a Gunner in an-anti tank rifle company of the 136th Guards Red Banner Rifle Regiment. During the latter part of 1944 and early part of 1945, the 136th Guards Red Banner Rifle Regiment, 42nd Guards Priluki Order of Lenin Red Banner, Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division was attached to the 2nd Ukrainian Front which was involved in the ferocious fighting at the siege of Budapest. The first award that Danilchuk was to receive was the Medal for Valour awarded to him by Order of the 136th Guards Rifle Division on 5th October 1944, he was to go on to receive a second Medal for Valour by Order of the 136th Guards Rifle Division on 25th December 1944 (Christmas Day), the same date on 2hich he was wounded. Danilchuks third award was this Order of Glory 3rd Class awarded to him by Order of the 42nd Guards Rifle Division on 28th January 1945, with the following citation:
'During the fighting near the town of Alsho-Vadas (Transliteration of Cyrillic, actual Hungarian spelling could be different), where the enemy attempted to break through to the city of Szikszo and committed fresh troops to battle, Guards Private Danilchuk fearlessly repulsed the infuriated enemys counterattacks, killing and destroying troops and materiel. Using his considerable advantage in manpower, the enemy pushed forward to the combat positions occupied by our units. Firing accurately with his anti-tank rifle, Guards Private Danilchuk destroyed an enemy light machine gun and killed four German and Hungarian soldiers and officers, not allowing the Hitlerites to close in on his trench, which aided in beating off all counterattacks and holding the captured shore. For courage and bravery, displayed during the fighting with the German and Hungarian invaders, he deserves the Order of Glory, 3rd Class.' Signed by the Commander of the 136th Guards Red Banner Rifle Regiment.
This was to be Danilchuks final award of the war, after which he was working as a Kolkhoz farmer at the 20 Ria Zhovtnya (October 20) Kolkhoz, village of Pogorilo, Murovaniye Kurilovtsy Raion, Vinnitsa Raion, being a resident of the same village. Good Very Fine