Fyodor Okhlopkov

Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov
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Born(1908-03-02)2 March 1908
Krest-Khaldzhay, Yakutsk Oblast, Russian Empire
Died28 May 1968(1968-05-28) (aged 60)
Krest-Khaldzhay, Yakut ASSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchInfantry
Years of service1941 – 1945
RankSergeant
Unit234th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union

Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov (Russian: Фёдор Матве́евич Охло́пков; 2 March 1908 – 28 May 1968), was a Soviet sniper during World War II, and credited with as many as 429 kills. He was born in the village of Krest-Khaldzhay, Tomponsky District of Yakutia, Imperial Russia.[1]

Okhlopkov was one of the most effective snipers in the Red Army during World War II. He was granted the status of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1965 (#10678) as well as an Order of Lenin, after complaints he had been overlooked for the citations due to his ethnicity (he was an ethnic Yakut).

Later, a commercial cargo ship was named in his honour.[2]

References

  1. ^ Haskew, Michael (1 November 2005). The Sniper at War: From the American Revolutionary War to the Present Day. St. Martin's Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-312-33651-6.
  2. ^ "Охлопков Фёдор Матвеевич". www.warheroes.ru. Retrieved 2018-02-10.