Semen Baghdasaryan

Semen Baghdasaryan

Soviet officer, participant in the Great Patriotic War, Hero of the Soviet Union.
Date of Birth: 01.10.1913
Country: Armenia

Biography of Semyon Bagdasaryan

Semyon Bagdasaryan was a Soviet officer, participant of the Great Patriotic War, and a Hero of the Soviet Union. He was born on October 5, 1913 (September 22 according to the old calendar) in the village of Karnut (formerly Diraklar) in the Ahurian district of Armenia, in a peasant family. He graduated with honors from high school.

In 1935, he was drafted into the Red Army and served until 1938 when he was discharged. After his discharge, Bagdasaryan took exams and enrolled in courses at the Yerevan Pedagogical Institute, which he successfully completed in 1939. He then found employment as the head of supply at one of the factories in Yerevan. In 1942, due to the general mobilization caused by the start of the Great Patriotic War, Semyon Bagdasaryan was once again called up into the Red Army.

From November 1943, he fought on the battlefields of the Great Patriotic War as a lieutenant and the commander of a platoon in the 4th Infantry Company of the 400th Infantry Regiment of the 89th Infantry Division of the Primorsky Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front. He fought his way from the Caucasus to Berlin as part of the division, liberating over 900 settlements. Bagdasaryan particularly distinguished himself during the Crimean operation, which later led to his nomination for the highest honor of the Soviet Union.

In May 1944, during the Soviet offensive, Lieutenant Bagdasaryan commanded an assault group tasked with capturing the strategically important Gornaya Heights, a key resistance point on the approaches to Sevastopol. His group successfully destroyed the garrisons defending three outposts, thus clearing the way for the Soviet forces. After the commander of the company, Captain Zurachka, was killed, Bagdasaryan took command and led the platoon in an attack, being the first to reach one of the heights and raise the red flag.

Inspired by the bravery and heroism of Lieutenant Bagdasaryan's assault group, the neighboring units of the regiment launched their own offensive. This breakthrough allowed the Soviet forces to break through the second heavily fortified German defensive line on the outskirts of Sevastopol.

On March 24, 1945, by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Lieutenant Semyon Bagdasaryan was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union for his courage, bravery, and heroism in the fight against German fascist invaders. He was also presented with the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal (No. 6499). After the end of the Great Patriotic War, Bagdasaryan continued to serve in the Red Army until he was discharged in 1947 with the rank of captain. He passed away on March 4, 1993, in Yerevan.

Some of Semyon Bagdasaryan's awards include the Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Star, and the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class. He was also awarded several medals, including the Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945," the Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945," the Jubilee Medal "Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945," and the Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945."