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Read Tales of Valour of Param Virs Honoured With Island Names

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the event of Netaji’s 126th delivery anniversary named 21 islands of Andaman and Nicobar after Param Vir Chakra awardees.

He famous that the islands will probably be a supply of inspiration for generations to come back.

“Today, it’s a proud second for me as I handle the folks of Andamans as a result of that is the land, the place Subhas Chandra Bose unfurled the nationwide flag for the primary time in 1943,” he said.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah lauded the initiative to christen the 21 islands, and said this effort will be a source of encouragement for the country’s armed forces.

What is the Param Vir Chakra?

The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration, bestowed upon those who have displayed distinguished acts of valour during wartime. The award translates into “most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy.”

Who are the Islands Named After?

The largest unnamed island was named after Major Somnath Sharma, India’s first Param Vir Chakra recipient, who obtained the award posthumously in 1950.

Other islands had been named after different PVC awardees, resembling Subedar and Hony Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh, 2nd Lt Rama Raghoba Rane, Naik Jadunath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, Capt GS Salaria, Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa, Subedar Joginder Singh, Major Shaitan Singh, Lance Naik Albert Ekka.

Here are the names of the islands after PVC awardees.

Major Somnath Sharma

    • Major Somnath Sharma, was an Indian Army officer and the primary recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (PVC), which he obtained posthumously.
    • In 1942, Sharma was commissioned into the eighth Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment. He was talked about in despatches for his service in Burma throughout World War II’s Arakan Campaign.
Major Somnath Sharma. (Image: Information18 Hindi)
  • Somnath Sharma was killed in motion on 3 November 1947 whereas repelling Pakistani infiltrators close to Srinagar Airport in the course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947-1948. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his gallantry and sacrifice in the course of the Battle of Badgam.

Captain Karam Singh MM

  • Subedar and Honorary Captain Karam Singh MM joined the military in 1941 and took part in World War II’s Burma Campaign, incomes the Military Medal for his actions in the course of the Battle of the Admin Box in 1944.
  • He additionally fought within the 1947 Indo-Pakistani conflict, incomes the PVC for his position in rescuing a ahead submit at Richhmar Gali, south of Tithwal.
Captain Karam Singh MM on an Indian stamp (Image: GODL-India)
  • He was additionally one of 5 troopers chosen in 1947 to lift the Indian flag for the primary time after independence. Singh later rose to the rank of subedar and was appointed honorary captain earlier than retiring in September 1969.

Major Rama Raghoba Rane

  • Major Rama Raghoba Rane was the primary dwelling recipient of the Param Vir Chakra together with Karam Singh.
  • Rane, who was born in 1918, served within the British Indian Army throughout WWII. He remained within the navy after the conflict, and on December 15, 1947, he was commissioned within the Bombay Sappers Regiment of the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers.
During the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War, Rane was instrumental in clearing a number of roadblocks and minefields (Image credit: www.thankyouindianarmy.com)
  • During the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War, Rane was instrumental in clearing a number of roadblocks and minefields, which enabled Indian forces to seize Rajauri. His actions paved the way in which for Indian tanks to advance. On April 8, 1948, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his valour.

Nayak Jadunath Singh

  • Jadunath Singh was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his actions in the course of the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War.
  • Singh joined the British Indian Army in 1941 and fought towards the Japanese in Burma throughout World War II. He later served within the Indian Army in the course of the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War.
Nayak Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for an motion on 6 February 1948 at Tain Dhar, north of Naushahra (Image credit: Jadunath Singh)
  • Nayak Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for an motion on 6 February 1948 at Tain Dhar, north of Naushahra. Singh was in cost of a nine-man ahead part submit. Despite being outnumbered by advancing Pakistani forces, he led his males in repelling three makes an attempt to take the submit. During the second assault, he was injured. Armed with a Sten gun, he charged the third assault with such zeal that the attackers had been pressured to retreat. He was killed within the course of. Singh is commemorated by a sports activities stadium in Shahjahanpur and a crude oil tanker.

Major Havildar Company Piru Singh Shekhawat

  • Major Havildar Company Piru Singh Shekhawat was a non-commissioned officer within the Indian Army. On 20 May 1936, Singh enlisted within the British Indian Army and was assigned to the first Punjab Regiment. He served on the North-West Frontier and as an teacher between 1940 and 1945 earlier than being assigned to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan.
  • Following independence, he served with the Indian Army’s sixth Rajputana Rifles within the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War. During the battle, Singh was half of an organization that was tasked with capturing a Pakistani submit in Tithwal, Jammu and Kashmir. The firm suffered heavy casualties quickly after their assault started. Singh finally took over a Pakistani medium machine-gun submit. However, by that point, all the firm had been killed or injured. Singh was left alone to finish the duty. He superior and lobbed grenades on the subsequent enemy place. He obtained a deadly bullet wound to the top.

Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria

  • Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria was a member of the Indian Army and a member of a United Nations peacekeeping drive. Salaria attended King George’s Royal Indian Military College in addition to the National Defence Academy. He is the one UN Peacekeeper to have obtained the PVC.
  • Salaria was one of the Indian troops deployed to the Republic of the Congo as half of the United Nations Operation within the Congo in December 1961. On the fifth of December, Salaria’s battalion was tasked with clearing a roadblock manned by 150 gendarmes from the secessionist State of Katanga on their method to Elizabethville Airport. Salaria and his males had been presupposed to impede their escape. The Katangese armoured vehicles had been attacked and destroyed by his rocket launcher workforce.
  • This surprising transfer perplexed the gendarmerie, so Salaria determined to assault earlier than they reorganised. Despite being outnumbered, his troops charged the Katangese and killed 40 males in a kukri assault. Salaria was shot twice within the neck in the course of the assault and died in consequence of his accidents.
  • The remaining gendarmes fled in confusion, abandoning their lifeless and injured. The foremost battalion was capable of simply overrun the Katangese and clear the roadblock in consequence of this. Salaria was awarded the PVC for his obligation and braveness, in addition to his disregard for his personal security in the course of the battle.

Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa Magar

  • Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa Magar was an Indian Army officer who obtained the Param Vir Chakra on 10 April 1928. In 1949, Thapa Magar was commissioned into the first Battalion, 8 Gorkha Rifles.
  • In 1949, Thapa Magar was commissioned into the first Battalion, 8 Gorkha Rifles. (Image credit: Ministry of Defence)
  • The Sino-Indian War began in October 1962, when the Chinese superior to the north of Pangong Lake with the objective of capturing Sirijap and Yula. Major Dhan Singh Thapa Magar commanded the first Battalion of the 8 Gorkha Rifles, which established Srijap 1 on the northern financial institution of Pangong Lake. The submit was rapidly surrounded by better-armed Chinese forces. Major Thapa Magar and his males held the submit for 3 days, repelling three assaults earlier than being overrun.
  • The survivors had been taken as prisoners of conflict, together with Thapa Magar. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his gallant actions and efforts to encourage his males underneath fireplace. After the conflict, Thapa Magar was launched from captivity.

Subedar Joginder Singh

  • Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan obtained the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously. Singh joined the British Indian Army in 1936 and served within the Sikh Regiment’s 1st battalion.
  • He commanded a platoon on the Bum La Pass within the North-East Frontier Agency in the course of the 1962 Sino-Indian War (Image credit: Ministry of Defence)
  • He commanded a platoon on the Bum La Pass within the North-East Frontier Agency in the course of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Despite being outmanned, he led his troops towards a Chinese assault and held his submit till he was wounded and captured.
  • Singh died in Chinese custody in consequence of his accidents. He killed greater than 50 Chinese troopers on his personal and have become a conflict hero throughout the Indian Armed Forces. A Bollywood movie, starring star Sunny Deol, has additionally been made in his honour.

Major Shaitan Singh Bhati

  • Major Shaitan Singh Bhati was born within the state of Rajasthan. Singh joined the Jodhpur State Forces after graduating. After the princely state of Jodhpur was absorbed into India, he was transferred to the Kumaon Regiment. He took half in operations within the Naga Hills in addition to the Indian annexation of Goa in 1961.
  • During the Sino-Indian War of 1962, the Kumaon Regiment’s 13th Battalion was stationed within the Chushul sector. C Company, underneath Singh’s command, was stationed at Rezang La. The Chinese launched an assault within the early hours of November 18, 1962. After a number of failed frontal assaults, the Chinese launched an assault from behind.
  • The Indians fought till the ultimate rounds earlier than being defeated by the Chinese. Throughout the battle, Singh moved from submit to submit, reorganising defences and boosting his males’s morale.
  • He was significantly injured whereas transferring between the posts with out cowl, and he died in consequence of his accidents. Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his actions on November 18, 1962.

Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid

  • Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid obtained the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously for his actions in the course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
  • Hamid joined the military in December 1954 and was assigned to the Grenadiers’ 4th Battalion. During the Sino-Indian War, his battalion fought towards the People’s Liberation Army at Namka Chu. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the 4 Grenadiers battalion was entrusted with a important place on the Khem Karan-Bhikhiwind line earlier than the village of Chima. During the Battle of Asal Uttar on September 9-10, 1965, Hamid destroyed eight Pakistani tanks and was killed whereas destroying the ninth.

Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore joined the Hyderabad Army after ending his schooling in Pune and was commissioned in January 1942. He initially joined the infantry however was later transferred to the first Hyderabad Imperial Service Lancers, an armoured regiment. Tarapore noticed motion within the Middle East throughout WWII.
  • Tarapore was chosen to hitch the Indian Army after Hyderabad State was annexed by India in 1948. In April 1951, he was commissioned once more and assigned to the Poona Horse regiment’s 17th Battalion. Later, he attended a Centurion tank coaching course within the United Kingdom. He served within the Sialkot sector in the course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and led the regiment in a number of tank battles between September 11 and September 16, and was killed in a single of them at Butur-Dograndi on September 16. The regiment destroyed sixty Pakistani tanks underneath his command, whereas the Indians misplaced 9.

Lance Naik Albert Ekka

  • Lance Naik Albert Ekka was posthumously awarded the PVC. During the 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflict, he was killed in motion in the course of the Battle of Gangasagar.
  • His Param Vir Chakra quotation:

Lance Naik Albert Ekka was within the left ahead firm of a battalion of the Brigade of Guards throughout their assault on the enemy defences at Gangasagar on the Eastern entrance. This was a well-fortified place held in power by the enemy. The assaulting troops had been subjected to intense shelling and heavy small-arms fireplace, however they charged onto the target and had been locked in bitter hand-to-hand fight.

(Image credit: Ministry of Defence)

Lance Naik Albert Ekka observed an enemy gentle machine-gun (LMG) inflicting heavy casualties on his firm. With full disregard for his private security, he charged the enemy bunker, bayoneted two enemy troopers and silenced the LMG. Though significantly wounded on this encounter, he continued to combat alongside his comrades by way of the mile deep goal, clearing bunker after bunker with undaunted braveness. Towards the northern finish of the target one enemy medium machine-gun (MMG) opened up from the second storey of a well-fortified constructing inflicting heavy casualties and holding up the assault.

Once once more this gallant soldier, with out a thought for his private security, regardless of his severe harm and the heavy quantity of enemy fireplace, crawled ahead until he reached the constructing and lobbed a grenade into the bunker killing one enemy soldier and injuring the opposite.

The MMG nevertheless continued to fireside. With excellent braveness and willpower Lance Naik Albert Ekka scaled a facet wall and coming into the bunker, bayoneted the enemy soldier who was nonetheless firing and thus silenced the machine-gun, saving additional casualties to his firm and making certain the success of the assault. In this course of nevertheless, he obtained severe accidents and succumbed to them after the seize of the target. In this motion, Lance Naik Albert Ekka displayed essentially the most conspicuous valour and willpower and made the supreme sacrifice in the perfect traditions of the Army.

Colonel Hoshiar Singh Dahiya

  • Colonel Hoshiar Singh Dahiya received the Param Vir Chakra, during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war.
  • His citation reads:

On 15 December 1971, during India-Pakistan War Major Hoshiar Singh was commanding a company of 3 GRENADIERS and was ordered to capture the enemy locality of Jarpal. During the assault, his company came under intense shelling. Undeterred, he led the charge and captured the objective after a fierce hand-to-hand fight.

The enemy reacted and put in several counter attacks. Despite being wounded he moved from trench to trench motivating his soldiers to shoot every enemy in sight. At that time, an enemy shell landed near the Medium Machine Gun post, injuring the crew and rendering it inoperative.

Major Hoshiar Singh, realizing its importance, rushed and manned the gun, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. The attack was successfully repulsed and the enemy retreated. For his dauntless leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra.”

Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal

  • Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal was a posthumous recipient of the Param Vir Chakra.
  • He was killed in motion in the course of the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 within the Battle of Basantar on the Battlefield of Shakargarh, the place his actions earned him the honour.
  • His PVC quotation reads:
  • At 08:00 hours on 9 December, Pakistani armour launched the primary of their counter-attacks underneath the quilt of a smokescreen on the pivot of the 17th Poona Horse at Jarpal. At 08:00 hours, the Pakistani 13th Lancers, geared up with the then state-of-the-art US-made 50 ton Patton tanks, launched the primary of their counter-attacks underneath the quilt of a smokescreen at ‘B’ Squadron, The Poona Horse, at Jarpal.

Its squadron commander urgently referred to as for reinforcements. Arun Khetarpal, who was in ‘A’ squadron and was stationed shut by together with his Centurion tank troop, responded with alacrity, as did the remaining of his regiment. The first counter-attack was decimated by correct gunnery, coolness by Indian tank troop and particular person tank commanders from the CO, Lt Col Hanut Singh right down to its troop chief, Arun Khetarpal. The 13th Lancers desperately launched two extra squadron-level counter-attacks and managed to realize a breakthrough.

(Image credit: Ministry of Defence)

Khetarpal rushed to satisfy the Pakistani armour and launched proper into the Pakistani assault. With his troop, he was capable of run over the enemy advance together with his tanks. However, the commander of the second tank was killed on this assault. Alone in cost, Khetarpal continued his assault on the enemy strongholds. The enemy fought very bravely and didn’t retreat even after taking losses. Disappointed by his failure to this point, he desperately attacked the incoming Pakistani troops and tanks, knocking out a Pakistani tank within the course of. However Pakistani forces regrouped and counter-attacked. In the following tank battle, Lt. Arun Khetarpal together with his 2 remaining tanks fought off and destroyed 10 tanks earlier than he was killed in motion.

  • The skirmish nevertheless took its toll on the lieutenant as he was hit by enemy fireplace, however as an alternative of abandoning the tank he fought on destroying one ultimate tank earlier than he was lastly overwhelmed. However, his actions had denied an important breakthrough for Pakistani forces and as an alternative put the Indians in a stronger place within the Shakargarh bulge. His ultimate phrases over the radio to a superior officer who had ordered him to desert his burning tank had been,

    “No, Sir, I can’t abandon my tank. My foremost gun continues to be working and I’ll get these bastards.”

Then he set about destroying the remaining enemy tanks. The last enemy tank, which he shot, was barely 100 metres from his position. At this stage, his tank received a second hit and he was seriously injured. The officer met his death trying to deny the Pakistani Army its desired breakthrough.”

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

  • Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was an Indian Air Force officer. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, he was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his lone defence of Srinagar Air Base towards a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) air raid. He is the one Indian Air Force member to have obtained the PVC.
  • The actual location of Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon’s plane crash web site and his plane, are nonetheless unknown.

Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran

  • Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran often called Parry to his colleagues, was an Indian Army officer who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his bravery. On January 16, 1972, Parameshwaran obtained a Short Service Commission as a second lieutenant within the 15th Battalion Mahar Regiment.
  • After being promoted to lieutenant on January 16, 1974, he was given a daily fee and promoted to captain on October 12, 1979, and main on July 31, 1984.
  • Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran was getting back from a search operation in Sri Lanka late at night time on 25 November 1987 when his column was ambushed by a bunch of militants armed with 5 rifles. He encircled the militants from behind and charged into them, utterly shocking them.
  • During the hand-to-hand fight, a militant shot him within the chest. Unfazed, Major Parameswaran snatched the militant’s rifle and shot him lifeless. Despite being severely injured, he continued to concern orders and encourage his command till his dying. Five militants had been killed, three rifles and two rocket launchers had been recovered, and the ambush was cleared.

Captain Bana Singh

  • Captain Bana Singh is a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s highest gallantry award. He led the workforce that wrested management of the best peak on the Siachen Glacier in Kashmir from Pakistani forces as half of Operation Rajiv as a Naib Subedar within the Indian Army.
  • Following his success, India renamed the height (beforehand often called Quaid Post by Pakistanis) in his honour as Bana Post.

Vikram Batra

  • Vikram Batra was an Indian Army officer, who, for his actions in the course of the Kargil War, was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra.
  • (Image credit: Ministry of Defence)
  • On 7 July 1999, Batra was killed whereas preventing Pakistani troops round Area Ledge, Point 4875, within the Kargil district of former Jammu and Kashmir.

Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey

  • Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey was an Indian Army officer who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his audacious braveness and management in the course of the Kargil War in 1999. He died in battle on Jubar Top of the Khalubar Hills in Kargil’s Batalik Sector as an officer of the first battalion, 11 Gorkha Rifles
  • During his Services Selection Board (SSB) interview previous to choice, the interviewer requested him, “Why do you wish to be part of the Army?” “I want to win the Param Vir Chakra,” he stated straight away.

Major Subedar Sanjay Kumar

  • Major Subedar Sanjay Kumar is an Indian Army Junior Commissioned Officer and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra.
  • During the Kargil War, he was the main scout of a workforce tasked with capturing Area Flat Top as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles. Pakistani troops occupied the world. After scaling the cliff, the workforce was pinned down by machine gun fireplace from an enemy bunker situated roughly 150 metres away.
  • Realizing the gravity of the state of affairs and the significance of this bunker within the seize of Area Flat Top, Kumar crawled alone up the ledge, alongside a flank, and charged in the direction of the enemy bunker by way of a hail of automated fireplace. He was shot twice within the chest and forearm virtually immediately, inflicting him to bleed profusely.
  • Despite his bullet wounds, he continued his cost in the direction of the bunker. During hand-to-hand fight, he killed three enemy troopers. He then crept in the direction of the second enemy bunker, selecting up an enemy machine gun. He killed the enemy troopers as they fled their submit, taking them utterly abruptly. The relaxation of the platoon was impressed by his efficiency and charged, assaulted the characteristic, and captured Area Flat Top.
  • He was promoted to Subedar Major in February 2022 and assigned to the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, close to Pune.

Subedar Major and Honorary Captain Yogendra Singh Yadav

  • Subedar Major and Honorary Captain Yogendra Singh Yadav PVC is a retired Indian Army commissioned officer who obtained the best Indian navy honour ornament, the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions in the course of the Kargil War. He is the youngest recipient of the medal, having obtained it on the age of 19.
  • Yadav joined the 18 Grenadiers and was assigned to the Ghatak Force commando platoon, which was tasked with capturing three strategic bunkers on Tiger Hill within the early morning hours of July 4, 1999.
  • The bunkers had been constructed on the high of a 1,000-foot (300-meter) snow-covered cliff face. Yadav volunteered to steer the assault, climbing the cliff face and putting in ropes to permit extra assaults on the characteristic. Halfway up, an enemy bunker opened fireplace with machine weapons and rockets, killing the platoon commander and two others.
  • Despite being hit by a number of bullets in his groyne and shoulder, Yadav climbed the ultimate 60 ft (18 m) to the summit. Despite his accidents, he crawled to the primary bunker and lobbed a grenade, killing 4 Pakistani troopers and placing an finish to enemy fireplace. This allowed the remaining of the platoon to climb up the cliff face bunker with two different troopers and have interaction in hand-to-hand fight, killing 4 Pakistani troopers. Tiger Hill was finally captured by the platoon. Despite being hit by 12 bullets, Yadav performed a big position in its seize.
  • The Param Vir Chakra was awarded posthumously to Yadav, however it was quickly found that he was recovering in a hospital and that his namesake had been killed within the mission.

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