Rifleman Dhonkal Singh, Maha Vir Chakra (Marnoparant), Sixth Battalion The Rajputana Rifles
Fell in Uri on 30 Apr 1948, paving the way to victory for his comrades.
Here's his story ..
This day in 1948, in Uri, at 0715Hr, 'A' Compny 6 RajRif captured its assigned objective as part of the battalion operation to capture a feature overlooking the Nalwa Picquet, which was considered vital for the defence of Uri.
Accordingly, the battalion had been tasked a day prior, with troops having concentrated at 2000Hr on 29 Apr.
Even as 'A' Company had been successful, others were still on the move.
Progress of 'D' Company was considerably slowed down, as the climb they encountered was steep and the boys had to move along a narrow track through the pine forest.
It was already daylight by the time the company neared its objective.
The enemy subjected them to a withering fusillade of LMG fire. Rifleman Dhonkal Singh, the leading scout, received serious injuries to his left shoulder.
Despite the serious injury, this brave soldier son of Mother India crawled forward to the flank of the enemy and when within a few metres of the post destroyed it with a hand grenade.
Three enemy personnel were killed and the rest abandoned the post and started running away.
Undaunted, and despite his injuries, this brave Rajput gave chase.
He was in no mood to let any Pakis survive to tell the tale that morning.
While pursuing the fleeing enemy soldiers he was again hit by grenade splinters in face & chest.
He began bleeding profusely.
Knowing his end was near, this 24 year old lad summoned his last reserves of energy, he lobbed a grenade, killing two more enemy soldiers, including their commander.
With their path now clear, rest of his company now rushed forward, scattering the enemy.
His job done, his young man from Village Sekala, Jodhpur breathed his last at a hill approximately 850km away from his place of birth, at about 2100Hr that night.
This brave son of Mother India was awarded a posthumous Maha Vir Chakra for leading a mad charge towards victory this day 71 years ago, his war cry 'Raja Ramchandra Ki Jai' spurring him and his brothers on.
God Bless him.
Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, one of the pioneers and founding fathers of the Indian Air Force.
Passed away this day last year, aged 94
CT(GD) Basant Kumar, 132 Bn CRPF. Missed out in the list above.
Martyred nine yrs ago.
This Khalsa was martyred in the accursed 'Jannat' 18 yrs ago, evicting unwanted 'guests' from across.
This one fell in the Valley in 1990, when 'Azadi' was supposed to be just round the corner..
Martyred in Assam in 2009
God bless the men of CRPF - they've shed blood in practically every part of the Nation
Two 27yr old brothers, born 4 months apart, fell together this day in 2010
God Bless their souls
This Bhulla of 3 Garhwal Rifles was martyred in the Valley in 2005, fighting scum from across
Bhaskar Kalita, Officer In Charge of Bordumsa police station, lost his life in an encounter between ULFA terrorists & police in Tinsukia last year.
This Bhulla too fell on the same day as Maj Salman above, in a different part of the accursed 'Jannat'
Khalsas of Guru Gobind.
Fell 28 yrs ago in the lands conquered by their ancestors
This one breathed his last in Kupwara this day 21 years ago
Did enough before that to earn a Shaurya Chakra
Sep Ramesh Chand Yadav, 21 Kumaon.
Fell in Keren during anti infiltration ops three years ago.
God Bless his Soul
Insp Abdul Wahid Khan, Chhattisgarh Police.
Martyred this day ten yrs ago in Narayanpur
Tripura Police Home Guard, Ratan Malakar, also martyred in the same ambush as above
Lance Naik Anoop Kumar SHARMA, Shaurya Chakra(P), Regiment of Artillery/30RR.
This brave son of Mother India sacrificed himself for the sake of the Nation in Baramula, this day nine years ago.
Veer Bihari, fell fighting terror in Punjab this day 27 years ago in yet another deadly insurgency
Sapper Kishori Lal Rathore, Territorial Army.
Fell in Kupwara this day three years ago
Two full years since this young Kashmiri life was brutally ended .. Two full years ..
Let that sink in
These two of 5th Battalion The Sikh Regiment fell in the accursed Valley this day 21 years ago
A truly Badass Veteran, this one!
Was in the founding gang of the Meghdoot Force - the forebearers of India’s Special Forces.
The first Subedar Major of the First Special Forces Battalion of Indian Army.
His two grandsons are serving JCOs in the special forces.
First Param Vir of Manoj Pandey's 1/11 GR to be martyred in Kargil
13 more, including Capt Manoj Pandey himself, would fall on the Paltan's Path to Glory that summer
Flt Lt Amit Singh, Sword of Honour of his course in 2001.
Martyred when his Jaguar crashed in Gorakhpur this day in 2005.
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Flt Lt Amit Singh - A promising life cut short by a technical fault.
L/Nk Omvir Singh, 21 Rashtriya Rifles.
Fell in Handwara three years ago.
Chhattisgarh Policemen that fell this day over the years
Far too many
Thankfully things are better now
This 'Bhulla' fell fighting terror in 1972.
Wonder what his story might have been ..
CISF boys, martyred this day 7 years ago in an attack on the NMDC plant at Kirandul
18th martyrdom anniversary of this Khalsa of Gobind.
Fell fighting scum from across
LNk/GD Biralal, 35 Bn CRPF
Martyred this day in Jharkhand 29 yrs ago.
An occasion of joy is as good as any to remember the fallen
Happy Raising Day to team 'Victory Sure'
This CRPF trooper went down in a feat of glory, fighting enemies of the nation 19 yrs ago
This one was the second loss for Manoj Pandey's 1/11GR that summer of 1999.
He fell so that others could carry on ..
His mortal remains could only be recovered two years later.
Was cremated in Khalubar itself & ashes sent to his family
Rakshaks from 7 Garhwal Rifles, who fell in the line of duty this day in 1996.
Still remembered ..
A soldier is not always just a soldier ..
Fifth death anniversary today of Lt Gen RP Agrawal, former DGOS of the Indian Army
Inspector Nathu Ram, 6th Battalion The Indo Tibetan Border Police.
Martyred in 2002, fighting militants at Bijbehra Road, Anantnag
Upon being engaged by a numerically superior enemy, he ordered his patrol to withdraw, choosing to stay behind with a selected few to provide covering fire to them.
Shortly thereafter, Capt Amit and five of his men made the supreme sacrifice, but ensured the safe withdrawal of the rest of the patrol.
Thereafter, these six martyrs stayed on their final battlefield for the next FIFTY SIX days before the Army could finally reach where they'd reached, and recover their mortal remains.
Capt Amit Bhardwaj was finally brought home in Jaipur on 15 Jul 1999.
Thousands turned up to pay their last respects to this brave son of their soil.
In a unique gesture, his mortal remains were kept at the Albert Hall where 256 years ago, Maharaja Jai Singh's mortal remains were kept for similar homage.
God bless Capt Amit and his Balwan Jats that fell this day that summer.
He had just turned 27 years old at the time he made the supreme sacrifice for OUR flag.
Brave parents of the martyr with their martyr son .. no words can describe this
Major Baljit Singh Randhawa, 4th Battalion The Rajput Regiment Maha Vir Chakra (Posthumous)
Martyred in 1965.
During the prelim ops leading up to the 1965 war, Maj Randhawa was tasked to recapture some posts occupied by Pakis in Kargil, as well as establish further posts in order to plug infiltration routes into the Valley.
The Paki posts were well defended with machine guns and mortars. Add to that the extremely difficult terrain, and the Rajputs had a difficult task at hand.
Yet, undaunted, they moved in to attack at 2am in the dead of the night under sub zero temperatures and a cold, gusty wind.
As they climbed towards their objective, the attackers came under intense enemy fire.
Realizing the danger to his troops, Maj Randhawa ordered them to take cover and like the true leader that he was, chose to move ahead with a handful of boys, soon wresting one post from the Pakis.
An enemy machine gun deterred further advance.
Regardless, Maj Randhawa led the assault on the machine gun bunker. In the process, he took a burst and fell down mortally wounded.
However, this Tiger continued to exhort his troops to advance till his last breath, not permitting any man to halt for his aid.
He soon left for his heavenly abode, satisfied that his boys were well on their way to victory.
A grateful nation awarded this martyr the Maha Vir Chakra for his sacrifice.
8th death anniversary of this one, murdered by Maoists .. fell this day in 2011 in Bastar.
This 32 year old fell fighting for the nation in South Kashmir in 1999.
Earned a Sena Medal.
23rd martyrdom anniversary of this Veer Bihari.
Fell during the darkest days of Kashmir insurgency as the Indian Army strove to get the upper hand.
Farewell to Sep Mushtaq Ahmed Mir of Badgam, Srinagar.
Fell in May 2014 fighting scum from across that covet his lands
Today is the 87th death anniversary of Bipin Chandra Pal, from the trio of 'Lal Bal Pal', referred to as one of mightiest prophets of Nationalism by Sri Aurobindo.
Mortal remains of the three couldn't travel back to their homes in Nepal and they were consigned to flames in their alma mater in Subathu (Himachal Pradesh).
2Lt Rishi Malhotra, Kirti Chakra (Posthumous). Martyred in Doda in 1994, at a time when the insurgency was at its worst. It is thanks to sacrifices of such young men that the Union of India has prevailed.
Om Shanti ..
I'll just leave this tweet here because no words can do justice when it comes to describing this moment ..
Amongst the first ones to fall in Kargil
Sadly many more of India's finest would follow in the coming days
Hav Mukhtiar Singh, 22 Sikh.
Fell 19 yrs ago, fighting to retain the lands brought into the folds of the Union of India by his predecessors of The Sikh Regiment.
Yet another Khalsa of 22 Sikh.
Made the supreme sacrifice in the Valley 23 years ago.
LNk Raj Kumar - First casualty of 18 Grenadiers, enroute to eventual victory at Tololing, 1999.
A total of 6 officers and 39 other ranks fell in a short span of 14 days, enroute to Tololing Peak in the summer of '99 ..
God Bless their souls ..
Both from Chhattisgarh Police, murdered the same day at different places by 'Gandhians With Guns'
And then there are these six Chhattisgarh Policemen who fell to an IED this day in 2011
Hira Singh (11 Sikh) & Swaran Singh (6 Sikh), fell this day in different yrs.
Names do bring a smile!
Subedar Abdul Sattar,13 Grenadiers.
Got severely burnt when trying to save weapons & equipment in a forward post in Gurez. Hung on to life for 8 days before finally breathing his last, this day last year.
(Btw, how many of us can actually locate Gurez on a map?)
Sqn Ldr Divesh Pankaj and Flight Lieutenant S Achudev.
Martyred when their Sukhoi 30 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, this day two years ago.
Remember them, anyone?
Nk Gawade Pandurang Mahadev, SC(Posth).
Sustained grievous injuries while leading his column during an operation in Kupwara on 21 May 2016. Fought on valiantly with death till he finally succumbed a day later.
5terrorists were killed by his unit in the op