Alexey Sorokin (military commander)

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Alexey Ivanovich Sorokin
Born (1922-03-28) March 28, 1922 (age 100)
Kirilovska near Arzamas, Russia
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Navy
Years of service 1941-1992
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Order of Lenin
Order of the October Revolution
Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Order of the Patriotic War - three times
Order of the Red Star - twice
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR

Alexey Ivanovich Sorokin (Russian Алексе́й Ива́нович Соро́кин) born 1922 is a retired Soviet Admiral of the Fleet and former member of the Council of Peoples Deputies.

Sorokin was born one of five children. His father a veteran invalid of the Russian Civil War died in 1933 and his brother Seraphim was killed in the battle for Moscow in 1941. Sorokin joined the Red Army in 1941 and served as a mortar operator. He was promoted to lieutenant, commanding a mortar battery and fought during the liberation of Belarusian and with the Baltic Front.

After the war Sorokin served as a political officer and studied at the Lenin Political Military Academy between 1948 and 1952. After graduating Sorokin was posted to the Navy and served as a political officer on the Destroyers Redkiy and Vdumchevy of the Soviet Pacific Fleet. In 1954 he became political officer aboard the cruiser Kalinin. In 1956 he became political officer of the Pacific fleet destroyer squadron and in 1959 he became base political officer at Sovetskaya Gavan

Sorokin became chief political officer of the Northern Fleet in 1974 and was promoted to vice admiral n 1975. He became chief political officer of the Soviet Navy in 1980 and deputy chief political officer of the Soviet armed forces in 1981. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet in 1988 and retred in 1992

Sorokin served as a Peoples Deputy in the Soviet Parliament in 1989-91. In retirement he lives in Moscow and is president of the International Union of CIS War Veterans (Pensioners) Associations.

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