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    Order for Service to the Homeland, 3rd class, #0794, awarded on 30 April 1975 to Lieutenant Colonel Anatoliy Grechko.

    Order for Service to the Homeland, 3rd class, #0794, awarded on 30 April 1975 to Lieutenant Colonel Anatoliy Grechko.

    Silver, enamels; measures 57.4 mm in height, 57.5 mm in width; weighs 66.4 g without screw plate. Note the extremely low serial number. This piece is among the first awarded soon after the institution of the order in October 1974. Unlike the more common early "counter-relief" version, it features characteristic file marks to the tips of the starburst on the reverse. There is no counter-relief to the reverse of either the vertical or horizontal arms. Only a few hundred of this highly uncommon and sought after version were made; its serial number range ends at approximately 800 and overlaps somewhat with the counter-relief version.

    In very fine to excellent condition. There is a single very thin surface chip near the tip of the missile in the upper right, the kind of damage very typical of the issued Orders for Service to Homeland (as opposed to unissued late versions.) Because the damage is limited to the surface layer and its area is minor compared with the overall size of the badge, it is nearly unnoticeable. There is very mild wear to the apex of the center star while the starburst and other details are nearly pristine, with only a few microscopic dings. There is very attractive dark patina to silver throughout. The screw post is full or near full length measuring approx. 8.5 mm from the top of the round retaining nut. Original screw plate is included.

    Anatoliy Grechko was born in 1940. He joined the Soviet Army at the age of 19 and became a military pilot. By 1973, he had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and put in command of the 304th Separate Guards Long Range Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment of the Pacific Fleet. Grechko proved up to the task significantly improving the combat readiness of his unit and reducing the time needed to prepare missions by its pilots by 5%. The regiment under his command performed flawlessly, and it especially showed during the "execution of the important tasks in the Indian Ocean" in 1974-75 - i.e. during the last phase of the Vietnam War. The regiment's reconnaissance pilots also flew numerous missions over the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. While commanding the unit, Grechko flew a number of missions himself logging the total of 2358 hours in the air by the early 1975. He had qualified for the highest proficiency level as military pilot 1st class and also trained many pilots of his regiment in aerial refueling technics. On 29 March 1975, Grechko was recommended for a recently instituted Order for Service to Homeland, 3rd cl. by the Commander of the Air Forces of the Pacific Fleet Lt. General Pavlovskiy. On 31 March, the recommendation was approved by Vice Admiral Maslov, Commander of the Pacific Fleet and on the following day, by Admiral of the Fleet N. Sergeev, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Soviet Navy.

    Research Materials: photocopy of the award record card and award commendation.


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