Soviet Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 3rd class #78194
To Airforce Senior Lieutenant Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Gulyayev (Александр Александрович Гуляев)
For skills and bravery in Afghanistan
Made of silver and enamels. Measurements; 57.95 mm in width; 57.85 mm in height and weighs 63.0 gram. The mint mark “Monjetnij dvor” is located above the screw post in one curved line and the serial number “78194” is positioned at the bottom of its reverse. The minimum known serial number awarded is 0043, the maximum is 140290.
This original order is in excellent condition with all details crisp. The blue and white enamels are flawless and there are few dings or contact marks. There have been no repairs and the screw has not been shortened.
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“He has been serving in the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan since October 6, 1986.
He is a disciplined and dutiful officer. He is capable of properly organizing the duties of his unit’s men and turning them into a tight-knit military outfit. His unit carries out repairs and maintenance checks in a high-quality manner. He made a great personal contribution to the repairs of aircraft armament and repairs of helicopters which had sustained damage in combat. As part of the regiment’s mobile repair group he repeatedly flew to locations inside areas of operations where helicopters had conducted emergency landings.
On March 27, 1987 he flew to the town of Asadabad, Kunar Province, to repair helicopter nr. 83. Despite being taken under fire by insurgents, the helicopter was repaired in the shortest possible time and evacuated to its home airfield.
On April 29, 1987 he flew to the location where helicopter nr. 31 had conducted an emergency landing after being hit by a man-portable air-defense system. In this combat situation he acted audaciously and in a proactive manner, which contributed to the helicopter being successfully repaired within an extremely tight time frame.
He puts a great deal of effort into strengthening the military discipline within the unit, ensuring strict adherence to the regulations, and banning non-regulatory interaction [i.e. military hazing]. He endeavors to put an end to the consumption of alcohol. He has studied the materials of the 27th Congress of the Communist Party and puts them into practice. He properly understands the policies of the Communist Party and the Soviet Government. He is capable of keeping military secrets.
Conclusion: For the bravery and courage he displayed in the performance of his duties toward the motherland while providing international assistance to the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, he deserves to be awarded the Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd Class.”
The full translation of the research can be found here: Translation_Gulyayev
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