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Commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, took part in the unveiling of a monument to the commander of the 14th submarine division, Hero of the Soviet Union, Rear Admiral Vladimir Ivanovich Gerasimov.
“Today, on Heroes of the Fatherland Day, we pay tribute to a participant in the Great Patriotic War, a person who did a lot to develop and enhance the authority of the Black Sea Fleet’s submarine forces, who wrote his page in the history of the Navy. I am sure that the name of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Rear Admiral Vladimir Ivanovich Gerasimov, will forever remain in the grateful memory of the Sevastopol and Black Sea sailors, as an example of selfless service to the Fatherland, ”said Admiral Igor Osipov.
The solemn ceremony was held in Sevastopol at the location of the submarine division of the separate Order of Ushakov, 1st class of the Constantz submarine brigade of the Black Sea Fleet.
Veterans-submariners, representatives of the Nakhimov municipal district of Sevastopol, young soldiers and crews of submarines of the Black Sea Fleet took part in the opening of the monument erected on the Alley of Heroes-Submariners of the Great Patriotic War.
Gerasimov Vladimir Ivanovich, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, in the army since July 1943. He took part in battles on the Voronezh, 1st Ukrainian, Leningrad, 2nd Ukrainian, 3rd Belorussian, 1st Baltic fronts. Participated in the Belgorod-Kharkov operation, the battle for the Dnieper at the Lyutezhsky bridgehead, the Umansko-Botoshansk and Belorussian operations. In battles he was wounded five times. On October 11, 1944, in battles on the outskirts of the city of Memel (now Klaipeda, Lithuania), the guard senior sergeant V.I. Gerasimov, being seriously wounded, did not leave the battlefield, destroyed the enemy’s machine gun with a grenade, and saved the wounded officer. The title of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded on March 24, 1945.
In 1949 he graduated from the Higher Naval School named after M.V. Frunze. Served as navigator of the S-25 submarine in the Northern and Pacific fleets. In 1962 he graduated from the command faculty of the Naval Academy. In 1962-1967 he served as chief of staff, in 1967-1970 – the commander of the 27th separate submarine brigade, in 1970-1973 – the commander of the 14th submarine division of the Black Sea Fleet.
Since November 1973, V.I. Gerasimov served as the head of the Inspection of Navigation, Diving and Deep-Sea Operations of the Navy, and since October 1976, the Head of the Search and Rescue Service of the USSR Navy.
In 1990, V.I. Gerasimov retired with the rank of Rear Admiral. Lived in Moscow. Died on April 24, 2009, was buried at the Troekurovsky cemetery in Moscow.
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