MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
A solemn meeting dedicated to the 316th anniversary of the formation of the Russian marines was held in Sevastopol on the territory of the Black Sea Fleet Marine Corps compound.
The events began with the opening of a monument to the scout of the Black Sea Fleet marines during the Great Patriotic War, Hero of the Soviet Union Yekaterina Illarionovna Demina.
Representatives of the command of the Black Sea Fleet, formations, veteran and public organizations laid flowers and wreaths at the monument to the marines who died during combat missions.
The event ended with a solemn passage of the Marine Corps units, demonstration performances of military personnel and a concert of creative teams.
Legendary scout, Hero of the Soviet Union Yekaterina Demina (Mikhailova) was born on December 22, 1925 in Leningrad. Having lost both parents at an early age, the girl was brought up in an orphanage. In 1941, she graduated from nine classes and nursing courses.
Catherine came to the military registration and enlistment office and, adding two more years to her 15-year-old age, achieved enrollment in the Red Army and sent to the front. She served on the Krasnaya Moskva military-sanitary ship, which transported the wounded from Stalingrad. There she was awarded the title of Chief Petty Officer, for exemplary service she was awarded the badge “Excellence in the Navy.” After the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, Catherine, at her request, was enrolled as a medical instructor in the 369th separate battalion of the marines, which was formed in February 1943 from volunteers in Baku. The battalion was part of the Azov and then the Danube military flotillas. With this battalion, which later received the honorary name “Kerch Red Banner”, Katya Mikhailova fought along the waters and shores of the Caucasus and Crimea, the Azov and Black Seas, the Dniester and the Danube, with a liberation mission – across the land of Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Austria. Together with the soldiers of the battalion, she entered the battle, repulsed enemy counterattacks, carried the wounded from the battlefield, and provided them with first aid. She herself was wounded three times.
As part of the 369th Marine Battalion, she fought for the Imperial Bridge in the Austrian capital Vienna. Here she met Victory on May 9, 1945.
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