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Old 02-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Red Star,2592085,Driver,118th Heavy Howitzer Destruction Artillery Brigade,Vistula

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Order Booklet A 804384
1. Last name: Merabishvili
2. Name and patrionymic: Georgii Georgievich
3. Rank: Private
4. Gender: Male
5. Birthyear: 1916
6. Birthplace: Tbilisi, GSSR
7. Party membership: candidate member since 1943
8. Education: upper-level
9. Nationality: Georgian
10. Time in Red Army: 10.1940-3.1946
11. Place of service at awarding: 118th Heavy Howitzer Artillery Brigade – Driver
12. Place of work at present: temporarily unemployed
13. Home address: Tbilisi, Sovetskaya St. #175

14. Awards:
Designation Serial Number Awarding Organization
Combat Service Medal 608.216 364th Howitzer Artillery Regiment dated 31.7.43

Red Star 2.592.085 118th Artillery Brigade dated 17.10.1944

Verified by Chief of Personnel (?) Lieutenant Colonel Rukhadze on 27th June, 1947
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

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1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Mirobishvili, Georgii Georgievich
2. Rank: Private
3. Duty position: Driver – 118th Heavy Howitzer Twice Red Banner Destruction Artillery Brigade, 6th Mozyr Red Banner Artillery Division, RGK
Recommendation for the Order of the Red Star
4. Born: 1916
5. Nationality: Georgian
6. Party membership: n/a
7. Previous combat: since 22.6.41
8. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a
9. Inducted by: Lenin Regional Military Commissariat, Tbilisi
10. Previous awards: 364th Red Banner Howitzer Artillery Regiment, RGK dated 31.7.43
11. Home of record: Georgian ASSR, Tbilisi, Sovetskaya St. #175. Wife – Anna Ilichevna Mirobishvili

Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

While fighting to expand the bridgehead on the western shore of the Vistula in July, 1944 Comrade Mirobishvili supplied fuel to the battalion from the river’s eastern shore.

During one delivery while Comrade Mirobishvili was on a crossing site he was subjected to an enemy air raid. An illumination flare landed close to the flammable vehicle. Despite exploding bombs Comrade Mirobishvili threw sand on the burning flare, thus saving the vehicle and its fuel load.

He is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.
Signed Commander, 118th Heavy Howitzer Twice Red Banner Destruction Artillery Brigade, RGK, Colonel Valagurov on 23rd October, 1944

Awarded the Order of the Red Star by 118th Heavy Howitzer Twice Red Banner Destruction Artillery Brigade, 6th Mozyr Red Banner Artillery Division, RGK dated 17.10.44. Signed Brigade Chief of Staff Major Luchenko on 23rd October, 1944
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

Private Georgii Georgievich Mirobishvili's Order of the Red Star. . .
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

If you notice, there are two different spellings of his name in the above documents; "Мерабишвили Георгий Георгиевич" & "Миробишвили Георгий Георгиевич".

I found a Combat Service Medal issued to "Мерабишвили Георгий Георгиевич" on the archive site, but the birth year is different, 1914 instead of 1916. Therefore, I am uncertain if these are the documents for his Combat Service Medal, for another person with a similar name, or simply an error in the record keeping as relates to his year of birth. Please note the Unit notation on these documents matches the Unit notation on his Award Card, which lists both the Red Star and Combat Service Medal. Then again, another possible hypothesis is the information on his Award Card is in error as it relates to the Combat Service Medal.

Regardless, I am posting them here for further discussion. . .
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

Here are the remaining two documents relevant to this discussion. He is #15.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:16 PM   #6
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

It's definitely his. Note that this is Order of the 364th Howitzer Artillery Regiment nr. 08/N of July 31, 1943, which is exactly the one refered to on the record card. Spelling errors in Georgian names and years of birth are not that uncommon.

Edit: they also made a spelling error in the name of the Georgian capital.

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Old 02-19-2012, 01:25 PM   #7
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Thanks, Auke, I thought so too, but I wanted to verify my suspicions. Sadly there was no citation for his Combat Service Medal on the archive site.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:04 PM   #8
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

The citation is what you posted above. For BMs and CMMs the citations were often integrated in the prikaz (order):

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[I award the Combat Merits Medal to] 15. Driver for the staff of the 2nd Battalion, Private Georgy Georgiyevich Merabishvili, for the fact that he, during the fighting from July 11 to 16, 1943, under enemy fire brought food by vehicle to the soldiers and officers at the observation post. Together with the command post he advanced forward. He delivered food to the observation post and the command post in a timely manner.
Born in 1914, not a party member, Georgian, drafted by the Military Commissariat of the Lenin Raion, Tbilisi, home address _________
If you click on "строка в наградном списке" on the medal page on Podvig Naroda (third button from the top) you will find the prikaz entry. In this case, this is also the citation, but for all orders and sometimes medals this will lead to a prikaz with just a list of names and positions. The fourth button (наградной лист) then leads to the separate citation.

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Old 02-19-2012, 04:31 PM   #9
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Re: Red Star,Driver,2592085

That is what I thought, my marginal Russian language skills, ahem, notwithstanding. The first button displays the body of the citation, the second the first page of the Award List, the third the actual listing (it's highlighted), and the fourth the entire citation. I also like how you can highlight any name on the list and it will link you to award/awardee's page for that award. It's a very valuable site, and thank you for your translation!

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