Airforce veteran Ivan Matveev celebrated his 90th birthday. Respectable age. He seems to prefer having a rest. But Ivan Grigorievich tries to do his best for young generation not to forget our fathers' and grandfathers' great deeds.
He was born in the Urals in 1926 in a rural family. He had many brothers and sisters. After completing school in 1941 he started to work at kolkhoz. When the war began
his father was sent to war. On November 19, 1943 Ivan Grigorievich follwed his father. First he served at foot troops, then he was sent to Chelyabinsk aeronautical technical school and studied there till April 1945. On May 1 he was off at the front. When he reached the place of service in Belostok, the act of capitulation had already been signed.
The aviation regiment had to live in dugouts situated in the forest. The living conditions were practically the same to those of the wartime. But everyone was happy: the war had finished. In May of 1946 the regiment was sent to Novozyblov of Brest region, and Ivan Grigorievich served there for 4 years. Soon he became Komsomol organizer, completed party training courses, was awarded the rank of senior sergeant, and continued to work as an engineering foreman. Many times he was awarded for high professionalism.
After having taken exams from school of military engineering without attending classes Ivan Grigorievich was awarded the rank of junior technician-lieutenant. When his regiment was discontinued, he joined another aviation unit where he served till 1950.
Later on Ivan was sent to Extension Course institute for officers in Achinsk, and after the graduation - back to his unit in Bykhov, where he was admitted the KPSU membership.
Time passed, highly qualified specialists were needed for new aircraft. Ivan Matveev became the head of maintenance squadron, and awarded the rank of Guards Captain of technical service.
In October 1964 he was sent to the Navy Pacific Fleet in Khabarovsk Krai. Soon he was elected a deputy of the local Council of Deputies, and in May 1970 - demobilized.
Soon he happened to get to Mogilev.
But time is inexorable. Still Ivan Grigirievich is in goods spirits; he's writing memoirs, systematizing the information about the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War. And the major topic is the War. He feels his responsibility before his peers who had perished during the war. He gathered all the information available about our countryman from Bykhov, sniper Fedor Smolyachkov, who had killed about a hundred of fascists near Leningrad.
It should be added that Ivan Grigorievich Matveev is a member of Officers' Union, Veterans' Council of Leninsky district and JSC "Mogotex". And he's still in the service.