Vasiliy Fedorovich Yakovlev (1901-1971) – a colonel, commander of 340th Infantry Regiment, Hero of the Soviet Union.
Yakovlev was born on February 23, 1901 (February 10, 1901 in old style) in the village of Big Zhydovich in Novgorod province, (now Poddorsky municipal district, Novgorod region) in a working class family. He was Russian by nationality.
In 1914, he received a certificate of completion of primary school. After graduation, he did several jobs in Leningrad including as an apprentice jeweler, the watchman of the city nursery and on the railroad.
He joined the Red Army in 1919. In 1919-1920 he participated in the battles of Petrograd in the Civil War on the side of the Bolsheviks.
He graduated from the military-technical courses in 1921. In 1926 he became a member of the Communist Party. He participated in the battles with the Chinese militarists on the CER in 1929. In 1940, just before the war he graduated from the Higher School of the NKVD.
Yakovlev participated in the Second World War from July 1942. He was at Stalingrad, Central and 1st Ukrainian fronts. He took part in the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. He was a member of the operations for the liberation of Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia. He ends the war in Germany. He was four times wounded, including two serious injuries.
The 340th Infantry Regiment (121 th Guards Rifle Division, 13th Army, 1st Ukrainian Front) under the command of the Guard lieutenant colonel Yakovlev, on the night of January 26, 1945 crossed the Oder River in the city Kёben district (now Hobenya, Poland), captured and expanded the bridgehead, helped restore timely crossings over water barrier. He was seriously wounded.
The title of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to him on April 10, 1945.
Colonel Yakovlev retired from the Red Army in 1946. Thereafter he lived in Saratov. He worked as an inspector in the HR “Sarenergo”. He was awarded two Orders of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, Order of the Patriotic War 1st degree, the Red Star and medals.
Yakovlev Died July 28, 1971 in Saratov. He was buried at Resurrection Cemetery.