Russia’s oldest submariner and highly-decorated WWII veteran Yuli Porfiryevich Ksyunin has died aged 105 after living through two revolutions and both world wars.
According to local media, Ksyunin is considered a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, a term used in Russia to describe the conflict between 22nd June 1941 and 9th May 1945, and the country’s oldest submariner.
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The Captain 1st rank, the most senior rank in the staff officer’s career group, received over 20 awards and medals including the For Battle Merit, For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, and For the Victory over Japan.
Ksyunin survived both the February and October Revolutions of 1917 as well as both world wars and he reportedly passed away at his home from old age.
After graduating from naval college, he served in the Pacific Fleet as a submarine engineer.
Since 1960, the decorated veteran, who was born in the southern Russian city of Tomsk, has been based in the south-western region of Tambov Oblast.
He was reportedly a founding member of the Navy Veterans Council and authored the book ‘Notes of a Submariner’.
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