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Soviet Medal of Ushakov #5798 with document


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Medal of Ushakov #5798 with document 


Awarded to Starshina 2nd class Aleksander Fedorovich Varlamov (Александр Федорович Варламов


Александр Федорович Варламов


For excellent service at the Kara naval base under harsh Trans-Polar winter conditions



Made of solid silver. Measurements; 35.93 mm in width, 48.09 mm in height and it weighs 31.3 grams without its suspension. Featuring admiral Ushakov surrounded by 84 ‘pearls’. The serial number, “5798”, is located on the reverse of the medal. The minimum known serial number is 9 and the maximum 15704.  

This Medal of Ushakov is in excellent condition with its details well preserved and there are no substantial scratches or dings. All parts of the medal are original including the silver chain, the double layer steel suspension and the medal itself. Its connection ring has not been cut and the edges and the reverse of the medal show a nice medium dark toning to the silver.

Its original medal booklet is in great condition with all pages present and firmly attached. The booklet is numbered 800536. At first we thought that the awards added under the Ushakov medal were fraudulent entries as there is no mention of him receiving a medal of Nakhimov and the Defense of Sevastopol on Pamyat Noroda. However, recently we found pictures of Varlamov wearing both awards (see the image with the encircled medals in the gallery). He apparently received those added medals much later in time and was possibly one of the 68 persons who were bestowed the Medal of Nakhimov in the 1990s.


Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merits:

“Starshina II class VARLAMOV Aleksander Fedorovich is the head of the signaller-observation post, which was reopened during the navigation season of 1944. He made exceptionally extensive work in establishing and equipping the post. This work was conducted in the difficult circumstances of the Far North weather conditions and with a small personnel crew. The post was established and set up in a short period, the radio station was installed and the signaller observation service commenced.

During the navigation season of 1944, he properly organised and tuned all the routines and procedures. His observation post is one of the best. There have not been recorded a single reprimand or violation of the radio signalling service regulation for his post. The signalling officer the vessels sailing in his sector always give exceptionally good assessment of the service. The vessels are detected promptly and the communication is steadily maintained. VARLAMOV received several gratitudes for his good effort from the Command.

The observation post is well prepared for the harsh Trans-Polar winter. For good organisation of the service and providing the signaller-observation capability in the harsh Trans-Polar conditions, comrade VARLAMOV is worthy of a state award – medal “USHAKOV”.”


The full translation of the research can be found here


More info on Varlamov can be found here




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