Fyodor Okhlopkov

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Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov
Born (1908-03-02)March 2, 1908
Died May 28, 1968(1968-05-28) (aged 60)
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1941 — 1945
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars Great Patriotic War
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin
Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Patriotic War
Order of the Red Star (2)

Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov (Russian: Фёдор Матве́евич Охло́пков; (March 2, 1908 - May 28, 1968), was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with as many as 429 kills. He was born in the village of Krest-Khaldzhay, Tomponsky District of Yakutia, Imperial Russia.[1]

Okhlopkov was one of the most effective snipers in the Red Army during World War II. He was granted the status of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1965 (#10678) as well as an Order of Lenin, after complaints he had been overlooked for the citations due to his ethnicity (he was an ethnic Yakut). In 1974, a commercial cargo ship was named in his honour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haskew, Michael (1 November 2005). The Sniper at War: From the American Revolutionary War to the Present Day. St. Martin's Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-312-33651-6.