Victor Smirnov, veteran of the Great Patriotic War, died in Klepikovo district

On August 2, at the age of 97, a participant in the Great Patriotic War, Honorary Citizen of the Klepikovsky District, Viktor Sergeevich Smirnov, died. An amazing person with a kind heart and an open soul, a true patriot of his country. He lived a difficult, but rich and interesting life.

In January 1943 he was drafted into the Red Army. In July 1943, with the rank of junior sergeant, he was enlisted in the permanent staff for the position of junior commander of a rifle squad. He took part in the East Pomeranian operation. I met the victory in the city of Kezlin. Awarded with orders and medals.

In the post-war period, he graduated from the Ryazan Pedagogical College, worked as the head of a village club in the Klepikovsky district, was the chairman of the village council, a primary school teacher, a teacher of Russian language and literature, the director of a rural school, and the head of the Klepikovsky district. In 1974 he became the first director of the newly created SPTU-12, where he worked until 1988.

Having gone on a well-deserved rest, the veteran of war and labor did not interrupt his connection with his native educational institution and schools of the region. Conducted lessons of courage, conversations on military-patriotic topics. Viktor Sergeevich took an active part in the creation of the Klepikovskaya regional veteran organization. He was elected a member of the Presidium of the District Council of War and Labor Veterans, chairman of the commission for the military-patriotic education of youth.

On each memorable date of the Great Patriotic War, Viktor Sergeevich published a detailed story about a particular battle in the local newspaper Novaya Meshchera, so that readers, especially young ones, would know firsthand at what cost the Victory was given to us, so that they knew the truth about the war. Viktor Sergeevich Smirnov will forever remain in our memory as a true patriot of his Motherland.