Hero of the Soviet Union

highest title of the USSR awarded to Soviet citizens and foreigners for heroic acts

The Hero of the Soviet Union was a medal awarded to members of the Soviet Union Red Army during World War II for men who drastically changed the outcome of a battle. 12,775 were awarded. Title of Hero of the Soviet Union was introduced by the Decree of the CEC of the USSR on 16 April 1934. After WW2 many other socialist countries established similar award. There were a lot of persons who was awarded more that one time.[1]

Hero of the Soviet Union
Gold star medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union
Awarded by the  Soviet Union
TypeHonorary title
EligibilitySoviet and foreign citizens
Awarded forHeroic feats in service to the Soviet state and society
StatusNo longer awarded
Established16 April 1934
First awarded20 April 1934
Last awarded24 December 1991
Total awarded12,777
Next (lower)Order of Lenin
RelatedHero of the Russian Federation



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