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Country: Russia
Established: Named in honor of the first Christian ruler of the Russian Empire, the Order of Saint Vladimir was established by Empress Catherine II on 22 September 1782.
Classes: Four
Criteria:
Order of St. Vladimir, 3rd Class with Swords
"Whoever at the peril of his own life saves ten lives from fire or water" is eligible for membership in this order.

Rarely awarded in the first class, recipients of the Order of Saint Vladimir were all entitled to hereditary nobility. Initially awarded to any person for distinguished service to the Russian Empire, it was presented with swords to army and naval officers for valor in combat or a long and distinguished military career.
 
Recipients - World War I Aces
1 Argeyev (d'Argueff), Pavel Vladimirovich
4th Class
2 Coudouret, Louis Fernand
4th Class
3 De Seversky, Alexander
4th Class
4 Gilsher, Juri
4th Class
5 Griffith, John Sharpe
4th Class
6 Kozakov (Kazakoff), Alexander Alexandrovich
2nd Class, 3rd Class
7 Kruten, Yevgraph
4th Class
8 Loiko, Ivan
4th Class
9 Makeenok, Donat
4th Class
10 Orlov, Ivan
4th Class
* Gazetted
 
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