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In St. Petersburg, on the territory of the Kronstadt Patriot Park, a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the 109th anniversary of the birth of Hero of the Soviet Union Alexander Marinesko was held.

During the ceremony, the personnel of the Joint Training Center of the Navy, honorary residents of Kronstadt and relatives of Alexander Marinesko laid flowers at the portrait of the hero in the exposition of the Patriot Park site.

Alexander Marinesko – captain of the 3rd rank, commander of the S-13 submarine of the Baltic Fleet. Born on January 15, 1913 in Odessa. In 1930 he entered the Odessa Nautical College, after graduating from it, he worked as an assistant captain on civilian steamships. In November 1933, he was drafted into the fleet and sent to command staff courses, after which he became a navigator on the Shch-306 submarine of the Baltic Fleet. In 1939 he was appointed commander of the M-96 submarine, which sank the Helene enemy transport on August 14, 1942. The successful actions of Marinesko were appreciated by the fleet command. At the end of the 42nd, he was awarded the rank of captain of the 3rd rank, and in 1943 he was appointed commander of the S-13 submarine, on which he served until September 1945, completing three combat campaigns.

Being on a military campaign, the boat under the command of Marinesko from January 9 to February 15 sank two large enemy transports – Wilhelm Gustlov and General von Steuben. This campaign is also known as one of the most productive among Soviet submariners. So, on January 30, 1945, Alexander Marinesko sank the Wilhelm Gustlov liner, on board of which there were more than 2 thousand Nazis, including many German submarine cadets and senior SS officials. Already on the way back, avoiding pursuit, S-13 sank another ship – the auxiliary cruiser General Steuben. Later, the events of January 30, 1945 were dubbed the “Attack of the Century”. At the same time, Alexander Marinesko received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union only in 1990 posthumously (he passed away on November 25, 1963). He was buried at the Theological Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

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