Strod, Ivan Iakovlevich
Born Mar. 29 (Apr. 10), 1894; died Feb. 4, 1938. Hero of the Civil War of 1918–20 in the Far East. Member of the Communist Party from 1927.
The son of a feldsher, Strod was born in the city of Ludza, now in the Latvian SSR. He fought in World War I (1914–18), was awarded four St. George’s crosses for bravery, and was promoted to the rank of ensign. In 1918 he joined the Red Army as a volunteer and fought in combat against White Guards and interventionists in Siberia. From November 1918 through December 1919 he was detained in the Olekminsk prison by the Whites. After release, he headed a volunteer detachment of revolutionaries.
In October 1920, Strod became the commander of a cavalry detachment of the People’s Revolutionary Army of the Far East Republic. From 1921 to 1923 he was commander of a battalion and assistant commander of a regiment. Strod demonstrated exceptional heroism in combat against White Guard bands in Yakutia while traversing a distance of 2,800 km from Irkutsk to Yakutsk and then helping to rout A. N. Pepeliaev’s bands.
Strod completed the course of study at the Vystrel (Higher Officers” Training Courses). After being discharged from the Red Army in 1927 owing to illness, he worked in Tomsk for the Society for Assistance to Defense, Aviation, and Chemical Construction. He was awarded three orders of the Red Banner.
WORKSV iakutskoi taige. Moscow, 1961.
lakutiia v proshlom i v nastoiashchem. Yakutsk, 1933.