Group of 5 Decorations and 2 Documents to Ivan Indryakov.
Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Soviet Union, #4543;
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl., #62490; Medal
for Valor, #708651; Medal for Combat Service
(unnumbered); Medal for Victory over Germany (the
latter medal is undocumented but it originally came with
group and believed to have been awarded to the same
Details and Condition of the Decorations:
Gold Star Medal medallion is in 23 K gold; measures 32.5 mm
in height (incl. eyelet), 30.3 mm in width; weighs 20.0
grams not including the suspension and connecting link. The
suspension is in silver gilt, measuring 22.0 mm in height
(not including the projection for the connecting link),
mm in width. Total weight of the medal with suspension is
The Medal is in excellent condition, absolutely superb for
Gold Star. The star medallion in particular is
well preserved. Its apex and ridges are beautifully crisp
showing almost none of the usual wear. There are tiny
contact marks throughout and a few minor dings, but the
facets are very smooth, free of significant scratches,
or any other noticeable damage. The tips of the star are
nicely defined. The reverse shows some minor scrapes and
dings, but the stippling and lettering are overall well
preserved allowing full view of all the "idiosyncrasies" of
the die that are a requisite of the original piece. There
a very mild bump to the edge at the bottom that is only
noticeable from the reverse, but the raised border has
almost none of the usual dings or wear near the tips.
The medal comes on original suspension device, complete
its rectangular back plate, hexagon nut and mint marked
screw plate. The original fire gilt finish is clearly
visible on all parts of the suspension. The screw post is
full length, approx. 11 mm measured from the rectangular
back plate. The ribbon has been replaced at some point as
almost always the case, but it does show some age. The
connecting link appears to be original and its ends are
soldered. In terms of its overall condition, this piece is
among the best Hero Stars we have handled.
The Order of the Patriotic War is Type 2 Var. 1 in solid 14
K gold (starburst, hammer & sickle emblem), silver and
enamels. Measures 45.3 mm in height, 43.3 mm in width;
weighs 27.4 g without the screw plate. Relatively scarce
early issue with a single-line, slightly arched mint mark.
Note a relatively low serial number 62490.
The order is in very fine to excellent condition. The red
enamel is extremely well preserved having only a few
flakes of various size at the tip of all five arms, as well
as the upper edge and center of the 10 o'clock arm and
edge of the 3 o'clock arm. Additionally, there are a few
tiny contact marks. The damage however is limited to small
areas, does not penetrate to silver, and is not immediately
evident. Moreover, the enamel retains beautiful luster
throughout and leaves very pleasing overall impression. The
red enamel in the center is perfect. The white band has
a couple of microscopic flakes that are completely
unnoticeable to the naked eye. The details of the golden
starburst are perfect and crisp, free of noticeable wear.
There is very nice untouched dark patina to the gold on
sides as well as reverse of the silver star. The screw post
is full length, over 13 mm long measured from the reverse
the silver star. Comes with original silver screw plate
which shows matching dark patina. To reiterate, this piece
is free of any glaring flaws, a very attractive example of
the Patriotic War 1st cl.
Medal for Valor is Type 2 Var. 1 in silver, lacquer; 37.2
wide. With the low serial number 708651 this medal is among
the early Type 2 issues. The medal is in very fine
condition, much better than the average for WW2 issues.
of the original lacquer in the letters is still present,
although it has significant losses. There are some minor
dings but no significant wear, bumps or any glaring flaws.
The raised details are nicely preserved and crisp. The
connecting link is original and hasn't been cut.
The medal comes on an old four-place suspension in brass
with two other medals, as worn by the original recipient.
The ribbons for the medals are old but well-preserved. The
first place on the suspension is for the Order of Lenin
was issued with the Hero Star and is now missing (we would
suggest that the new owner may want to add a good quality
replica to fill this spot when putting the group on
Medal for Combat Service is Type 2 Var. 4, a relatively
early post-war issue featuring a flat circular eyelet. In
silver and enamel; 32.0 mm wide. In excellent condition.
connecting link is original and hasn't been cut.
Medal for Victory over Germany is Var. 2 in brass; 32.1 mm
wide. Excellent condition.
Order Booklet, filled-out on 3 November 1944.
the Hero Star and three decorations included with the
the document also shows an Order of Lenin #19466 (issued
with the Hero Star) and two Orders of the Red Star. The
document is in very good condition. There is wear and mild
soiling to the cover, but the cloth binding is overall
well preserved, still tight and sound. Other than the usual
rust stains from the staples, the internal pages are very
clean. All the pages are present and firmly attached.
Large Certificate for the Title of Hero of the
Union. The document is enclosed in 8 ½ " by 12" leatherette
folder with gold impression "To Hero of the Soviet Union"
the cover. The internal pages contain a standard citation
from the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet "For your act of
heroism performed while executing the tasks given by the
command on the front of struggle against German invaders".
The document shows the date of the award decree, 22 August
1944. The document was issued on 19 March 1946. It is hand-
signed by Mikhail Kalinin, Chairman of the Presidium of the
Supreme Soviet (nominally the head of state) and Aleksandr
Gorkin, Secretary of the Presidium. As a historical side
note, Kalinin died of old age in early June 1946, so this
certificate is among the last documents he signed.
The Hero Certificate is in excellent condition. The hard
cover shows almost no wear; its color and gold impression
are beautifully bright. The internal pages have a couple of
minor stains but are otherwise clean and fresh, completely
free of the usual tears, finger prints and soiling. The
printed and hand-written text as well as the gold
of the Soviet state emblem are bold and clear.
Also included is Original Photograph of the
recipient, approx.1" x 1 ½" format often used for official
photo ID cards. The photo, probably taken in the 60s, shows
him wearing the Hero Star on a civilian jacket.
Ivan Indryakov, an ethnic Chuvash, was born in 1915. Prior
to WW2, he worked as a teacher of a rural elementary school
in his native Chuvash Autonomous Region of Russian
Federation. In 1938-39 he served a stint in the Soviet
Army, and was recalled to active duty in August 1941, soon
after the German invasion. During the first year of the war
he finished the Ryazan Infantry Officer School, was
commissioned lieutenant, and in July 1942, appointed as a
76-mm field gun platoon commander to the 1086th Rifle
Regiment, 323rd Rifle Division. In September 1943,
distinguished himself in the battle for the city of
when he personally destroyed three enemy machine guns by
firing his 76-mm gun over open sights. In another skirmish
later on, he with his artillery platoon repelled 3 German
counterattacks and killed 50 enemy soldiers. He was
recommended for an Order of the Red Star, but the award was
downgraded for the Medal for Valor, bestowed upon Lt.
Indryakov on 6 December 1943.
By 1944, Indryakov had been promoted to a 76-mm battery
commander in the same unit. In February 1944, his division
was reassigned to the 3rd Army in the 1st Belorussian
and in June of that year took part in the Operation
Bagration - a massive offensive that would effectively
destroy the German Army Group Center. The offensive began
the morning of 22 June - the third anniversary of the
invasion of the Soviet Union - by the forces of the 1st
Baltic and 3rd Belorussian Fronts (army groups). They
immediately achieved deep penetrations of the German lines
near Vitebsk and Mogilev. Two days later, the 1st
Belorussian Front joined the fray hitting the Nazis south
the Berezina River and quickly advancing toward Bobruisk.
On that day, Indryakov acted with selfless heroism. Just
before the general assault, he placed his battery in no
man's land directly at the barbed wire in close proximity
the German trenches, well in front of the Soviet infantry.
By so doing and assigning precise targets to each gun ahead
of time, Indryakov achieved great success with the opening
barrage. His battery immediately destroyed six enemy weapon
nests and thus cleared the path for the attacking infantry
battalion in their sector.
Indryakov's battery then took off keeping pace with the
advancing Soviet line and continuing to provide direct fire
support. Near the village of Ozerane, they stayed on the
dirt road and by firing over open sights, silenced the
artillery. Indryakov personally commanded the gun that
disabled a massive German Ferdinand assault gun.
On 25 June, as Indryakov's battery got far ahead of the
infantry southwest of the village of Dyadovshchina, the
Germans counterattacked in force. The battery got
encircled, but without losing presence of mind Indryakov
promptly organized effective defense. In the ensuing battle
he and his men killed 120 Nazi soldiers. The shattered
retreated, and the Soviet infantry was able to advance once
again capturing the village of Velikie Lyady.
From the start of the offensive until 28 June, Indryakov's
battery had destroyed a total of 17 enemy machine guns, 2
pillboxes and eliminated up to 1500 Nazi troops. At that
point he was recommended for an Order of the Patriotic War,
1st cl. by his regiment commander; the award which would be
bestowed upon Indryakov on 4 July 1944. In the meantime,
Indryakov continued to show exceptional heroism in the
On 30 June his battery reached the Warsaw highway thus
cutting the main avenue of escape for the troops of the
German 9th Army caught between the Dnieper and Berezina
Rivers. As the Nazis tried to cross the Berezina, they were
subjected to murderous fire of Indryakov's guns. Within a
single day, his battery disabled 4 tanks and 44 other motor
vehicles. This was an almost eerie replay of the events of
the War of 1812, when Napoleonic troops retreating from
Russia suffered a similar calamity while crossing the
Berezina in a location not too far up the river.
A recommendation to award Indryakov with the Title of Hero
was submitted by his regiment commander on 5 July 1944,
the offensive in Belorussia was not yet over, but the
magnitude of its success was already evident to all. The
award recommendation was approved by Commander of the 35th
Rifle Corps on 12 July and by Commander of the 3rd Army
Guards Col. General Gorbatov on 18 July (a day earlier,
of thousands of German POWs captured in Belorussia were
driven in humiliation through the streets of Moscow.) On 8
August, the recommendation received a final nod by General
of the Army Zakharov, Commander of the 2nd Belorussian
to which the 3rd Army had been re-subordinated by then. The
title of Hero was bestowed upon Indryakov by the Supreme
Soviet of the USSR on 22 August 1944 - an extremely quick
decision for the award of this level.
Indryakov continued to serve with distinction through the
end of the war and beyond. In the post-war years, he
finished the Leningrad Higher Artillery Officer School,
worked as military commissar of a small town in Soviet
Georgia, and retired from the military in 1959 having the
rank of Major. Thereafter he resided in Tbilisi where he
passed away in 1993.
Research Materials: photocopy of the award
commendations for the Title of Hero, Order of the Patriotic
War 1st cl. and Medal for Valor; Xerox copy and translation
of the article about Indryakov in the official catalog
"Heroes of the Soviet Union" (contains his photo.)