Hovhannes Bagramyan

Marshall of the Soviet Union;
Born: 2 December, 1897, in Chardaklu (Imperial Russia at the time, currently Azerbaijan) of Armenian parents. Initially he worked for the railroad, as did his father; he joined the Imperial Russian Army in 1915 and spent WW I fighting the Ottoman Empire. He did not immediately join the Communist Party after the consolidation of Soviet power, becoming a member only in 1941, which was unusual for a Soviet military officer. During World War II, H. Bagramyan was the first non-Slavic military officer to become a commander of a "Front". In November 1943 he received his most famous post, as the commanding officer of the 1st Baltic Front. He was instrumental in the planning and success of the 1944 "Operation Bagration", also known as "the destruction of Army Group Center".
After the war, Bagramyan remained in command of the Baltic Military District, commanding operations against the remaining Lithuanian and Latvian freedom fighters.
In 1954, he was appointed Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Defense. In 1955, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense with the rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union.[4] He was also head of the Military Academy of General Staff and commander of the reserve forces of the Soviet Armed Forces.
Politically, he served as a deputy of the Supreme Soviets of both the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic and his native Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1952, he became a candidate for entry into the Central Committee of the USSR and, in 1961, was inducted as a full member. In August 1967, he accompanied General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev and Premier Aleksej Kosygin to North Vietnam, where they met with Vietnamese leaders and serving as a military expert, helped negotiate the transfer of Soviet military aid to the country during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Red Army in 1968.
Hovhannes Bagramyan lived to be the last surviving WW II Soviet Marshal, dying from illness on September 21, 1982.