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The defender of Leningrad captain 1st rank retired Vasily Pavlovich Dzhurzhu celebrated his 101st birthday.

He was born in the village of Verkhnyachka, Kiev region. In 1939 he graduated from school with honors and without exams was admitted to the Nikolaev Shipbuilding Institute, but after studying for only two weeks, in accordance with the order of the People’s Commissar of Defense, he was called up for urgent military service in the Baltic Fleet.

The beginning of the war caught Vasily Dzhurzha in Estonia, where he served as the commander of the instrument department of the 62nd separate anti-aircraft artillery battalion. In August 1941, he took part in the Tallinn crossing – the largest maritime tragedy in history: the evacuation of the main forces of the Baltic Fleet from Tallinn to Kronstadt. He survived the death of the Balkhash transport, was rescued by a passing tug and evacuated to the island of Gogland, and then to the Kronstadt naval base.

Throughout his life, the veteran carried the memory of the August events in the Baltic and, if possible, takes part in commemorative events dedicated to the Tallinn breakthrough, telling DOSAAF cadets and youth about the courage of Soviet soldiers in the fight against the enemy.

From January to October 1942, he studied at the Leningrad Naval Political School, after which the lieutenant was sent to the Komsomol organizer of the 137th Guards OZAD, located on the Oranienbaum bridgehead near the village of Borki. Then he continued to serve as a senior instructor in the Komsomol of the political department of the Kronstadt sector of coastal defense and the political department of the Kronstadt training detachment. After the war, he served in Sakhalin, Kamchatka, and the Baltic.

In 1962 he graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Military-Political Academy in Moscow, taught at the Naval Engineering School. In 1974, with the rank of captain of the first rank, he retired and continued teaching until 1994.

Vasily Pavlovich – Candidate of Historical Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Petrovsky Academy of Sciences and Arts, author of books on the history of Russia. The motherland appreciated his merits with the Order of the Patriotic War II degree, two orders of the Red Star, medals “For the Defense of Leningrad”, “For Military Merit”, “For the Victory over Germany” and others.

On his birthday, relatives, students, neighbors came to congratulate him with flowers, and a military band played near the house in honor of the veteran of the Great Patriotic War.

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