Prokofii Logvinovich Romanenko

Romanenko, Prokofii Logvinovich


Born Feb. 13 (25), 1897, in the village of Romanenki, now in Romny Raion, Sumy Oblast; died Mar. 10, 1949, in Moscow. Soviet military leader; colonel general (1944). Member of the CPSU from 1920. Son of a peasant.

Romanenko graduated from a school for ensigns in 1917 and fought in World War I. In 1918 he joined the Red Army and fought in the Civil War of 1918–20 as a regimental commander. He graduated from the M. V. Frunze Military Academy in 1933 and the K. E. Voroshilov Higher Military Academy in 1948.

During the Great Patriotic War, Romanenko was commander of the Seventeenth Army of the Transbaikal Front and the Third Tank Army of the Briansk Front (1941–September 1942), deputy commander of the Briansk Front (September-November 1942), and commander of the Fifth and Second Tank Armies (November 1942–February 1943) and the Forty-eighth Army (1943–December 1944) on the Western, Briansk, Southwestern, and First Byelorussian fronts. From 1945 to 1947 he commanded the Eastern Siberian Military District.

Romanenko was a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR at the second convocation. He was awarded two Orders of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvo-rov First Class, two Orders of Kutuzov First Class, various medals, and the Order of the Mongolian People’s Republic.