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On May 9, 2015, a resident at Life Care Center of the North Shore in Lynn, Massachusetts, Mikhail Kagan, was honored with a Distinguished Service Award for his role in World War II.


In 1941, Kagan was a U.S.S.R. officer and in charge of an artillery unit. He was 17 years old and had just completed military school in Kiev, Ukraine.


In 1942, Kagan and his unit found themselves in the middle of the Battle of Stalingrad, Russia, where only one out of 1,000 Soviet soldiers survived. During the battle, his superior officer was killed, leaving Kagan completely in charge of both his artillery unit and 10 tanks. Despite being pushed back by the Nazi army to a few parts of the city, with the leadership of Kagan and the Red Army, they rallied and captured the entire Nazi 6th Army.


Kagan has been honored many times in the past 70 years because of his role and effort during World War II. This most recent award was in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi defeat by the Allied Powers.


Jared Bane, executive director at Life Care Center of the North Shore, and Beverly Carr, the transitions nurse, presented Kagan with the Distinguished Service Award on May 9, 2015.


“This award serves as a reminder that many members of the ‘greatest generation’ are now in our centers and have amazing life stories,” said Bane. “If you only ask a few questions to many of our residents, you could find yourself taken back in time. In this case, I was transported to a time when the Allied Powers of World War II saved the world.”


Resident Mikhail Kagan receives the Distinguished Service Medal from Jared Bane, executive director.

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