Set of three Soviet army Medals of Honor awarded to Master Seargent Vassily Grigorievich Taranenko. Master Seargeant Taranenko fought in the Finnish War (1939-1940), served in the Soviet Army campaigns in Western Ukraine (1939) and Bessarabia (1940), fought in World War II since June 1941. Reconnaissance squad leader, 315th Guards Mountain Regiment, 128th Guards Division, 1st Guards Army (4th Ukrainian Army Group). 10/26/1944 - Master Sergeant V.G. Taranenko, in hot pursuit of the enemy near Veljka-Poljana (Poland), shot several enemy combatants with his assault rifle, sustained a wound but continued to lead a scouting party (awarded Medal of Honor 3rd class, #403406). 2/15/1945 - Master Sergeant V. G. Taranenko, leading a scouting party, crossed the frontlines near Czirk (Poland) and for three days running reconnoitered the rear of the enemy forces, transmitting valuable information to his commanders (awarded Medal of Honor second class, #22246). 5/2/1945 - Master Sergeant V.G. Taranenko, leading a group of soldiers near Nova-Bjala (Czechoslovakia), killed five German combatants and took one prisoner. 5/8/1945 - Master Sergeant V.G. Taranenko, operating with a group of soldiers in the outskirts of Olomouc (Czechoslovakia), led a charge against the enemy, captured seven automobiles and a field gun with its crew, took numerous German combatants as prisoners (awarded Medal of Honor 1st Class, #932). The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration for enlisted men. Each medal is set together on copper pin. Each medal with ribbon measures approx. 4" height x 1 7/8" width (10.1cm x 4.7cm). Total weight of 107.6 grams.
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