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Alexander Pilnikov was born in Simbirsk (now - Ulyanovsk) on the 3rd March 1924. In February 1942 he was called in the Red Army. In 1943 he graduated Ulyanovsk Armor School and started his active service several months later. |
By August 1944 lieutenant Alexander Pilnikov was in command of the 202th Tank Brigade of the 18th Tank Corps, the 51st Army of the 1st Baltic Front. He took part in combats in the territory of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.
On the 22nd August 1944 Pilnikov’s troop fought off German counterattacks outside the town of Dobele: his crew destroyed 5 self-propelled artillery weapons and 2 artillery batteries. Despite serious damage, they continued to fight and left the tank only after it caught fire.
According to the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR under the date of the 24th March 1945, lieutenant Alexander Pilnikov was awarded with the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal.
After the war he continued his military service and lived in Moscow. He died on the 21st August 1989 and was buried there.
He was also awarded with the Order of the Red Banner, the Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd class), two Orders of the Red Star, the Order "For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" and a variety of other medals.