Torokhov Dmitry Mikhailovich

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Torokhov Dmitry Mikhailovich
Native name
Торохов Дмитрий Михайлович
Born(1922-10-22)October 22, 1922
Issa, Penza Oblast, RSFSR
DiedJune 15, 2010(2010-06-15) (aged 87)
AllegianceSoviet Union
Years of service1942-1979
RankRed army soldier
Battles/warsWorld War 2
  • Order of the Red Star
  • Medal of Honor (three times)
  • Medal For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945
  • medal "For the revival of service dog breeding in Russia"
  • medal "For military service"
Spouse(s)Antonina Vasilievna Torokhova
  • Vladimir Dmitrievich Torokhov
  • Gennady Dmitrievich Torokhov
Other workMoscow Criminal Investigations Department

Torokhov Dmitry Mikhailovich was born in Penza Oblast on October 25 1922.[1]

Early life

His mother died because of starvation in 1930, when the boy was only eight years old. Torokhov had a brother and a sister. All of them became orphans. Brother Vasily soon enlisted and went to work. Together with sister Daria they made their living as best they could. In the summer little Dima grazed cattle. However there wasn't enough money even for food. Dmitry finished only four classes as an external student. After receiving the passport, he started to built houses and then rose to the rank of foreman.

World War 2

In September 1941 Torokhov was drafted into the army and sent to Kimry, Kalinin region (now Tver Oblast), to the local school of service dog breeding. Torokhov and other fighters were taught by a unique specialist - Grigory Medvedev. It was he who suggested to use dogs to fight enemy tanks in war. Having started the war on September 30, 1941 as a cadet of the local school of military dog breeding, Dmitry fought on the front line three months later as a private leader of the 2nd separate detachment of dog sleds of the North-Western Front. During the removal of seriously wounded soldiers from the front line, Torokhov was injured in the back of the head by a mine explosion. A year later, an enemy bullet pierced through the thigh. The third time he was wounded in June 1944 in the arm, in the battles near Orsha. Torokhov had three medals "For Courage", the Order of the Red Star [2], which he received in Belarus, in the winter of 1944, and medal "For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".

After war years

Dmitry Torokhov saved 1580 people. He participated in the Victory Parade in 1945 as a private with his anti-tank dog Bobik [3]. After the war he served in the Central Military Dog Training School. Demobilized in November 1946. From 1948 he worked at the Moscow Criminal Investigations Department, then graduated from the Higher Police School. He held the position of head of the search dog breeding service in Militsia. He was a Police Colonel and member of the United War Veterans Council. Dmitry participated in the capture of a serial killer Ionesyan with the dog Jerry. He got a medal "For the revival of service dog breeding in Russia", medal "For military service", and he retired only in 1979 [4]. Torokhov married Antonina Vasilievna in 1947 October 21 and had two sons - Vladimir and Gennady.


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