Valentin Kotyk

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Valentin Kotyk
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Born 11 February 1930
USSR
Died 17 February 1944(1944-02-17) (aged 14)
USSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Valentin Aleksandrovich Kotyk (1930-02-11 - 1944-02-17) - was a Soviet pioneer and a partisan scout. He was also the youngest ever Hero of Soviet Union.

During the German-Soviet War he participated in partisan movement in Ukraine. At first, he was an orderly, later he participated in fights, has been wounded twice, killed in action diring the battle for Iziaslav. He received the Order of the Patriotic War 1st class and the Medal "Partisan of the Patriotic War".

In 1957 a film devoted to him was shot. In 1958 he posthumuously received the rank of the Hero of Soviet Union . After that, a number of streets, pioneer teams, schools, steam-ships were named after him, and a number of monuments were erected.

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