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Kashenkov Vasily Ivanovich - deputy battalion commander of the 117th Rifle Luninets Order of the Kutuzov Regiment (23rd Rifle Kiev-Zhitomir Red Banner Division, 61st Army, 1st Belorussian Front), captain.|
Born on July 25, 1918 in the village of Nechaevka, Mokshan District, Penza Region, into a peasant family. Drafted into the army in September 1939. He graduated from the courses for junior lieutenants of the Trans-Baikal Military District.
In the army since November 1942. He fought on the Central, 1st Belorussian, 3rd and 1st Baltic, again 1st Belorussian fronts as part of the 149th and 23rd rifle divisions. Wounded four times.
Particularly distinguished himself during the Warsaw-Poznan operation.
When the enemy's defenses were breached south of Warsaw on January 14-15, 1945, the deputy battalion commander, Captain V.I. Kashenkov, led the companies to the line of attack and was the first to rise to the attack, dragging the battalion fighters along with him by personal example. On January 16, replacing the wounded battalion commander, he assumed command of the battalion and skillfully managed the battle, repelling the enemy's counterattack.
By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945 for the skillful command of the unit, courage and heroism shown in the Warsaw-Poznan operation, Vasily Ivanovich Kashenkov was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal.
Died on December 29, 1993. Buried in the cemetery of the village of Nechaevka