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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
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
11 Pishvanov, Alexander
4th Class
12 Safonov, Mikhail
3rd Class
13 Smirnov (Smirnoff), Ivan Vasilievich
4th Class
14 Vakulovsky, Konstantin
4th Class
15 Yanchenko, Vasili
4th Class
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