DS, one page, 8 x 10.5, no date. President Truman awards the Legion of Merit to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Ulanovich Chernishev of the Red Army for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Commander of Artillery, 38th Infantry Guards Division, from 29 April to 9 May 1945. He exhibited splendid qualities of leadership, judgment, and courage in planning and coordinating the division's combined artillery fire in a manner to demolish all enemy emplacements attacked. His accomplishments contributed in great measure to the shattering of German defenses in the vicinity of Schwerin, Germany, and later to the link-up of the 38th Infantry Guards Division with elements of the 8th United States Infantry Division. Colonel Chernishev's high degree of initiative, unremitting efforts and great technical skill contributed to the successful prosecution of the war in Europe." In fine condition. Accompanied by the Legion of Merit certificate, dated April 9, 1946, bearing autopen signatures of the secretary of war and the adjutant general.
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