17 US citizens who showed courage during the Second World War by participating in the Northern Convoys received the Ushakov medals.
This was reported by the Russian Embassy in Washington on its Facebook page. The Americans were awarded in August this year by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is known that the veterans took part in the Northern convoys for the delivery of goods and military equipment to the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War.
The embassy noted that the northern convoys made an important contribution to the achievement of a common Victory over Nazi Germany.
“The assistance rendered by the allies is sacred in Russia. The selflessness of the participants in the Northern convoys serves as a high example of heroism for future generations,” – the diplomatic mission said in a statement.
Earlier, for participation in the same hostilities, Putin awarded a similar medal to British sailors.
Northern convoys of 1941-1945 – special formations of ships with cargo and escort ships, created during the Second World War by the allies of the USSR in the anti-Hitler coalition to ensure their passage from the ports of the North Atlantic to the Soviet northern ports and back. The USA and Great Britain supplied weapons, military equipment and other goods to the northern ports of the Soviet Union.