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On 19 Dec 1971 Brig Khetarpal was shaving when bell rang at the door. Mrs Khetarpal opened the door. It was postman with letter, which after reading, Mrs Kheterpal started crying and then fainted.
It was news of their son, 2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal, laid down his life for the nation.
2nd Lt Arun Kheterpal
PVC (P)
17 POONA HORSE
Today is his Balidan Diwas.
He was born in 1950 to then Lt Col ML Khetarpal & Smt Maheshwari Khetarpal at Pune.
His great grand father had been in the Sikh army while his grand father had also served in the British Army during WW 1.
Today he could have been celebrating 51 years of Vijay Diwas if he had chosen to abandon his FAMAGUSTA Tank.
But he was destined to change the curse of war on the last day by destroying 7 enemy tanks and winning the PARAM VIR CHAKRA at 21 years of age.
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How many of us know about heroism of #Tiger Air Warrior Sqn Ldr A B Devayya MVC?

That IAF got to know of incredible gallantry from Pakistani Pilot he shot down & a British author?

That it took 23 years after 1965 War to honour our Braveheart?
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Returning from mission over Sargodha, Bravehearts Mystere was hit by Pak Pilot

Instead of ejecting, he turned to combat with superior F-104 Starfighter & shot it. Flt Lt Amjad Hussain ejected safely

Sqn Ldr Devayya didn't return and was declared Missing in Action & then KIA
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Flt Lt Amjad Hussain later described the Air Combat of 1965 to John Fricker who wrote a book

That's how IAF Colleagues learnt of his heroic fight to finish over enemy land

Same Pak Pilot was again shot down in 1971 & became one of India's 93000 #POW. Later rose to AVM rank
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Uttarakhand AAP has named him as the party’s chief ministerial face for the 2022 Uttarakhand Assembly polls.

Col Ajay Kothiyal (R)
KC, SC, VSM
4 GARHWAL RIFLES

He was born on 26 Feb, 1969 to Inspector General Satyasaran Kothiyal (R), BSF and Smt. Sushila Kothiyal.
After completing schooling from St. Joseph's Academy, Dehradun and Kendriya Vidyalaya Dehradun, he was graduated from D.A.V.Post Graduate College Dehradun. He then cleared CDS and joined IMA.

He was commissioned as second Lieutenant into 4 GARHWAL RIFLES in 1992.
In 1994, he went for training in the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS).

He was also part of Op Vijay.
In 2001, then Maj Ajay was part of the first team of the Indian Army that successfully summited the Mt Everest in 2001, under the leadership of Brigadier Krishan Kumar AVSM.
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He was an IT Engineer and MBA, left a lucrative job in MNC and opted to follow his dream and joined Indian Army.
Remembering
Capt Davinder Singh Jass
Kirti Chakra (P)
1 PARA SF
on his 28th Birth Anniversary.
Son of Sh @bsjass1, he immortalised himself during Sopore Op in 2010. Image
Capt Jass was born on 29 Sept 1993 in Ghaziabad to Shri Bhupinder Singh Jass and Smt Dalbir Kaur.
After completing schooling, he did engeering from IIIT Allahabad and MBA for GLA University. He had a good-paying job before MBA, but he choose Indian Army and was selected for IMA.
He was commissioned into Corps of Signals in 2008. But he wanted an adventurous life, so after 3 months of gruelling training, he was inducted in 1 PARA SF.

In 2010, Cap Jass was going to visit home to celebrate the Holi with his family, but fate had decided otherwise.
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A 21 yrs old with his two other soldiers, held his post for 72 hours, and killed 300 Chinese soldiers to save Arunachal Pradesh.
Remembering
Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat
Mahavir Chakra (P)
4 GARH RIF
on his Birth Anniversary.
It is believed that his soul still guards the border.
Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat was born on 19 August 1941 to Shri Guman Singh Rawat, at vill Baryun of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He joined Indian Army on 19 Aug 1960 at the age of 19 years.
A shrine, known as ‘Jaswant Garh’, is situated between Se La and Jang. Indian Army personnel passing by this route pay their respects here.
He is treated as if he is alive, He has received all his promotions in time, and has reached the rank of Honorary Captain as of date.
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*A MUST READ THREAD*

Colonel Ivan Joseph Crasto (R)
Kirti Chakra
1 PARA SF

His roots were from Goa, but he spent his childhood in Mt Abu, Rajasthan. He would have become a lawyer if his father, a Naval Officer hadn’t coerced him to follow his elder brother into NDA.
He was commissioned into 1 PARA (SF) on 10th June 1978. Besides topping the Commando course, he was the best YO (Young Officer) with best grades in all professional courses.
As a combat free-faller, he also participated in National Sky-Diving Championship.
In 1990, he served as an Instructor in Tanzania Military Academy
and toured Africa, Europe, Canada and the USA.
After graduating from the Defence Services Staff College, he spent three years at the Army headquarters in the Military Operations Directorate.
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𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐨𝐟 𝐔𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐈𝐛𝐧-𝐚𝐥-𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐛 𝐑.𝐀.

Umar ibn Al-Khattab R.A was the 2nd Caliph of Islam.
One Very touching Incident happened during the days of famine, which leaves a lesson to the rulers & every one in an authoritative Position
When it was the year of the famine, Umar R.A took pains to ensure that adequate relief reached all people, and that there were no persons in the city who went to sleep hungry.

One night as usual Umar R.A went on his round. He was accompanied by his slave Aslam.
As he strolled from street to street, all was quiet and the people seemed to be asleep. Umar R.A thought to himself, “Thank Allah, there is no one in this city whom the famine has afflicted.”
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Today you would have celebrated your 53rd birthday.

But last 22 birthdays you have celebrated birthdays in some other world, of course a better world than this.

Happy 53rd birthday
MAJOR PADMAPANI ACHARYA
2 RAJRIF

#BattleofTololing #KargilWar
#KnowYourHeroes
On June 21, 1968

MAJOR PADMAPANI ACHARYA
2 RAJRIF

was born to Smt Vimala Acharya and WING COMMANDER JAGANNATH ACHARYA.
Originally Acharya family belonged to Orrisa but is settled in Hyderabad.

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#VeerYatra #KargilWar
“As a mother, I am definitely sad & hurt but as a patriot, I am proud of my son. He lives forever, whereas I will not. He made me promise that I would not cry when he left for the front.”
Smt Vimala Acharya mother of MAJOR PADMAPANI ACHARYA.

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#VeerYatra
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“ The enemy is just 40 meters away from us, we are out numbered and running out of the ammunition; we need fire upon our own coordinate”,

CAPTAIN B M CARIAPPA
5 PARA

#KnowYourHeroes
#UntoldKargilStories
#KargilWar #KargilHeroes
“Bofors is a medium artillery gun with a killing range of 300 meters. The splinters will go flying on all direction. Chances are that you guys will not survive either.”

MAJOR GURPREET MADHOK

#UntoldKargilStories
#KnowYourHeroes
#KargilWar
“We will not survive in any case sir. We have run out of ammunition and I need the bloody fire here right now.” CAPTAIN CARIAPPA

“Roger! Fire shall be upon you in minutes. Take cover if you can. God bless you”.
MAJOR GURPREET

#KnowYourHeroes #KargilWar
#UntoldKargilStories
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Havan being performed by LIEUTENANT COLONEL Y K JOSHI then CO 13 JAKRIF before launching assault on Pt 5140 during #KargilWar in 1999.

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The assault on Pt 5140 was launched by the young Company Commanders of 13 JAKRIF

CAPTAIN SANJEEV JAMWAL
CAPTAIN VIKRAM BATRA

What happened in next 24 hours is a history now.

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June 20, 1999

at 0335 hrs
CAPTAIN JAMWAL shouts on radio
" Sir, Oh! Yeah Yeah Yeah ...No Casualties...

at 0435hrs
CAPTAIN BATRA shouts
"Yeh Dil Maange More, .... No Casualties...

13 JAKRIF Commanding Officer with his jubilant Company Commanders on Pt 5140.

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Join me in paying homage to

BRIGADIER RAJINDER SINGH
2 J&K STATE FORCES
MAHA VIR CHAKRA

on his birth anniversary today.
He immortalized fighting paki raiders in 1947 and is the first recipient of any gallantry award in Independent India.
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#VeerYatra
With just 100 DOGRA troops, BRIGADIER RAJINDER SINGH defended J&K against 6000 pakis at Uri for four days in 1947.

Had he not been deceived by his own troops, who joined hands with the raiders, there would have been no POK today.

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#DOGRA
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BRIGADIER RAJINDER SINGH when immortalized himself, he left behind his wife and five daughters.

#BrigadierRajinderSingh is rightly known as the #saviourofKashmir.

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NAIK DIGENDRA SINGH
MVC, SM
2 RAJ RIF

He was posted in Sri Lanka during Op Pawan as a personal bodyguard of an Indian General. Once he was sitting in an open jeep, an LTTE terrorist threw a grenade at the jeep. He caught it and threw it back to the terrorist. The terrorist died. Image
Due to the grenade explosion his head was blown off into pieces. After this, he was nick-named ‘Cobra’ by his colleagues.

Later in the same Operation, he was assigned to rescue 36 Indian soldiers captured by LTTE. He sailed the river, saved soldiers and killed 39 militants. Image
Naik Digendra Kumar was awarded Sena Medal in 1993 for his anti-terrorist operations in the Kupwara area of Jammu-Kashmir.
In 1994, his services were appreciated for recapturing the Hazratbal Shrine from terrorists. Image
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“You should feel proud of me. I am contributing something for the nation in this uniform I have worn. Being a company commander at this time is the greatest experience one can have.”
Commissioned on 13 June 1992 into 2 RAJ RIF, and sacrificed his life to Nation on 13 June 1999.
MAJOR VIVEK GUPTA
MVC (P)
2 RAJ RIF

'Vicky' was born on 2nd Jan 1972 in Dehradun to Lt Col BRS Gupta (R).
He got inspiration to join Army from his father, and was commissioned in 1992
Major Vivek got married to an Army Officer, Capt Rajshree Bisht in 1997.
He was also awarded COAS Commendation for killing Pak terrorist in hand-to-hand combat.
Recognizing his outstanding skills he was soon sent to Infantry School, Mhow, as a weapon instructor.

During Kargil War in 1999, he played significant role in capturing of Tololing Top.
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June 12, 1999

MAJOR VIVEK GUPTA
2 RAJRIF

led his men with the battle cry "Raja Ramchandra ki Jai"
to capture TOLOLING TOP at Drass in Kargil.
It was one of the pivotal battle of the #KargilWar.

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MAJOR VIVEK GUPTA
2 RAJRIF

was accompanied by

SUBEDAR BHAWAR LAL BHAKAR
SUBEDAR SURINDER RATHORE
HAVILDAR SULTAN SINGH
NAIK DIGENDRA SINGH
NAIK SURINDER
NAIK CHAMAN SINGH
LANCE NAIK JASVIR SINGH
LANCE NAIK BAACHU SINGH
CHM JASVEER SINGH

राजा रामचंद्र की जय
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MAJOR VIVEK GUPTA & men led by him were able to close in with the enemy inspite of heavy artillary and automatic fire.
As soon as they emerged in open they came under multidirectional intense fire. 3 personal of the leading section were hit and the attack was temporarily stalled. Image
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The Story of Major Mohit Sharma, 1 Para SF Who infiltrated Hizbul Mujahideen under the alias of Iftikhar Bhatt.
This is all about the real hero we don't find In bollywood but this guy have fought real battles and won real awards.
MAJOR MOHIT SHARMA
1PARA SF
#KnowYourHeroes
Maj Sharma was from the elite 1 Para SF. He was the second child to his parents and was fondly call "CHINTU" and was
 He was very good at playing guitar, mouth organ and synthesizer.
Despite of taking admission in an engineering college his passion took him to NDA

@madhurster
In the academy, he excelled in various fields and emerged as one of the best cadets. He continued marking his excellence in IMA where he was the chosen ones to get an opportunity to meet Shri K.R Narayanan then the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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They behaved as the uniform demanded from them.
Memories of their deeds they left behind.
Not fallen but surely forgotten, Our own Brothers who never came back.
Our soldiers who went missing in action
Let's remember them.

#Missing54
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Join me in paying tributes to

MAJOR SHARANJITPAL SINGH WARAICH
15 PUNJAB

Who went missing in action from Hussainiwala
when he was caught alive by pakis on #ThisDay 3rd December 1971.

His family is still waiting.....

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Join me in paying tributes to

MAJOR KANWALJIT SINGH SANDHU
15 PUNJAB

Who went missing in action from Hussainiwala when he was badly injured & caught alive by pakis on #ThisDay 3rd December 1971.

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