Russia – Soviet: An Order of Glory 3rdClass awarded to Private Dmitry Romanovich Bondarenko, a Mortarman in the 72ndRifle Regiment, 24thGuards Rifle Division for snatching 4 soldiers for interrogation purposes, before being severely wounded on 14thJanuary 1944 whilst fighting with the 4thUkrainian Front.
Order of Glory 3rdClass numbered 557570
Condition: Good very fine
Private Dmitry Romanovich Bondarenko a Mortarman in the 72ndRifle Regiment, 24thGuards Rifle Division was born in the city of Armavir, Krasnodar Krai in 1923, and served in the Red Army between November 1941 and July 1944. Despite a career which saw him wounded 4 times, including once severely, Bondarenko was only to receive a single award, this Order of Glory 3rdClass issued to him in November 1947 with the following citation:
‘Comrade Bondarenko took part in the Patriotic War from October 1941 to January 1944 as a loader in the 72ndGuards Rifle Regiment, 24thGuards Rifle Division. While positioned at Molochny Val, his mortar crew fought off 4 counterattacks, during which up to a company of enemy troops were destroyed.
While serving in the 72ndGuards Rifle Regiment, comrade Bondarenko was given orders, along with a group of 6 fellow soldiers, to snatch a prisoner for interrogation purposes at the village of Savinskaya, which they accomplished: 3 German soldiers and 1 German officer were brought back.
On January 14, 1944, during the liberation of the village of Lepitoka, comrade Bondarenko was severely wounded, after which he was removed from the Operational Army. He suffers from chronic Myelitis in both bones of his right shin as a result of a perforating wound.
A steadfast defender of the socialist motherland, he is being nominated for the Medal for Combat Merit.’
Signed by the Military Commissar of the city of Armavir, Colonel Dobrovolsky
Bondarenko’s time in the Red Army had seen him serve on the North Caucasus Front from 1942 to September 1943 and then with the 4thUkrainian Front from September 1943 until 14thJanuary 1944 when he was severely wounded and was subsequently unfit for further military service.
After the war he was working as a Cabinet Maker at the furniture factory of the city of Armavir, and living at 44 Novaya (New) Street, within the city