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Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Rupak » 14 Aug 1999 20:41

Here are more details:<P><B>PVC</B><P>Capt Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rif (P)<BR>Lieut Manoj Kumar Pandey, 11 Gorkha Rifles(P)<BR>Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers (P)<BR>Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles <P><B>MVC</B><BR>Maj Vivek Gupta, 2 Rajputana Rifles (P)<BR>Maj Padmapani Acharya, 2 Rajputana Rifles (P)<BR>Capt Neikezhakua Kenguruse, 2 Rajputana Rifles(P)<BR>Maj Rajesh Singh Adhikari,18 Grenadiers (P)<BR>Capt Anuj Nayyar,7 Jat (P)<BR>Lt Keishing Clifford Nongrum,12 JAK LI (P)<BR>Maj Sonam Wangchuk, Ladakh scouts, <BR>Lt Balwan Singh, 18 grenadiers <BR>Naik Digendra Kumar, 2 Rajputana Rifles. <P><p>[This message has been edited by Jagan (edited 14-08-1999).]

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Sarma » 14 Aug 1999 21:07

What about Major Saravanan. After all he was the guy most praised and most martyred by everybody. Have they forgotten him? Or is there another list pending?<P>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Kaushal » 14 Aug 1999 21:49

Lt.Col.Vishwanathan ?, I believe was one of the early round of officers to lose his life. I am sure there is a bigger list.<P>Kaushal

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby dsandhu » 14 Aug 1999 23:24

Hip Hip Hurray to the Grenadiers. They have now the honour of having the most PVC's (four of them) among all the Indian Army Regiments. A great feat indead.<P>Could someone post the complete list of award, when available on the BR ( including VrC, PVSM, AVSM etc)<P>Also I agree with Appu that there should be a brief write up or a link to the write up about the actions of the gallantry award winners( PVC. MVc & VrC)<P>Thanks<P>JAI JAWAN<BR>JAI HIND

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Vikram Rathore » 15 Aug 1999 01:51

Some details from the TOI:<P>Param Vir Chakra for four Kargil<BR> heroes <P> Dinesh Kumar<P> NEW DELHI: The soldiers and pilots who sacrificed their lives,<BR> engaged in unparalleled valour and fought the recent war in the<BR> killer mountains of Kargil were remembered again on Saturday<BR> with a grateful nation bestowing gallantry awards, including the<BR> Param Vir Chakra (PVC), on a total 264 defence personnel.<BR> Many of them being young officers and soldiers barely in their<BR> twenties.<P> Remember Capt. Vikram Batra, the officer who had proclaimed<BR> Dil maange more while fighting the enemy; Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja,<BR> who was shot down, tortured and killed; Maj. M Sarvananan and<BR> Capt. Haneefuddin, whose bodies were recovered after over a<BR> month; Flt Lt. K Nachiketa, who was taken prisoner and then<BR> returned to a bear hug; Capt. N Kenguruse, the young Naga who<BR> scaled the mountains without his shoes... the list is long and full of<BR> names of those who displayed rare grit and courage.<P> In a unique gesture, the highest gallantry award - the PVC - was<BR> conferred on as many as four soldiers, three of them<BR> posthumously. The second highest gallantry award - Maha Vir<BR> Chakra (MVC)- has been conferred on nine soldiers (eight<BR> officers, five of them posthumously); 55 Vir Chakras (VrCs) -the<BR> third highest award. The list also includes a large number of Sena<BR> Medals (SM), Vayu Sena Medals (VM) and<BR> Mention-in-Despatches (M-in-Ds).<P> The four PVC recipients include two young officers who<BR> displayed personal bravery and leadership of the highest order -<BR> Capt. Vikram Batra (13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles) and Lt.<BR> Manoj Pandey (1/11 Gorkha Rifles) as well as Grenadier<BR> Yogender Singh Yadav (18 Grenadiers) - all posthumous. The<BR> fourth recipient, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar (13 JAK Rifles) joins<BR> the exclusive list of the just three PVC recipients who are still<BR> alive. Also, the 13 JAK Rifles is the first Army unit to have got<BR> the unique distinction of being conferred with two PVCs in the<BR> same operation.<P> Capt. Batra - the Army's first captain to be awarded a PVC -<BR> captured Point 5140 (Drass sector) after two earlier attempts had<BR> met with limited success. After prevailing upon his commanding<BR> officer to let him lead the battalion attack, the young company<BR> commander decided to take the enemy position from the rear<BR> along a rock face. Despite being grievously wounded, he<BR> regrouped his men and continued to lead from the front after an<BR> enemy machine gun nest trapped the troops in murderous fire.<P> It was a similar story with Lt. Manoj Pandey - again the Army's<BR> first lieutenant to be awarded the PVC - after he continued to<BR> rush from bunker to bunker to urge his men to carry on fighting.<BR> This, despite being shot in the leg and shoulder in Batalik sector's<BR> Juber Top. The story was no different with Grenadier Yoginder<BR> Singh Yadav, who scaled a sheer vertical cliff by rope to<BR> annihilate two enemy bunkers atop Tiger Hill and killed seven<BR> Pakistani soldiers.<P> The last PVC was awarded 12 years ago in 1987 to a soldier<BR> each for operations in Siachen and Sri Lanka. Also, this is the<BR> second highest number of PVCs awarded in a single operation in<BR> India's post-Independence history. Earlier, five PVCs were<BR> awarded in the 1947-48 war. After including Saturday's figures,<BR> the total number of PVC recipients, mostly posthumous, now<BR> stands at 21, which also includes an Air Force pilot.<P> The list of nine MVCs, of which a total eight have been awarded<BR> to officers, include Major Sonam Wangchuk of the Ladakh<BR> Scouts who kept up the legacy of another Ladakh hero Colonel<BR> Renchen, twice decorated with a MVC in the 1947-48 and the<BR> 1965 Indo-Pakistan wars. The list includes Maj. Vivek Gupta,<BR> Maj. Padmapani Acharya, Capt. N Kenguruse and Naik<BR> Digendra Kumar, all belonging to 2 Rajputana Rifles for the<BR> capture of Tololing feature; Maj. Rajesh Singh Adhikari and Lt.<BR> Balwan Singh, both 18 Grenadiers; Capt. Anuj Nayyar (17 Jat)<BR> and Lt. Keshing Clifford Nongrum (12 JAK Light Infantry).<P> Of the 55 VrCs, 53 have been awarded to armymen (22 officers,<BR> total 30 posthumous) and two to Air Force pilots (one<BR> posthumous). A significant VrC awardee is Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja,<BR> who was captured, tortured and killed after his MiG-21 M was<BR> shot down on May 26 in the Batalik sub sector.<P> While the bulk of the Army's gallantry awards have been<BR> conferred on infantry officers and soldiers, only three VrCs have<BR> been awarded to artillery soldiers even though the artillery, by the<BR> Army's admission, had played a prominent role in softening<BR> enemy positions.<P> Besides, 83 SMs (31 posthumous) have been awarded. Of this<BR> list, 11 have gone to the artillery and just one to the Army<BR> Aviation Corps. Of the 24 VM recipients, four have been<BR> awarded posthumously. Of the 73 Air Force personnel awarded<BR> M-in-Ds, 60 are officers, most of whom again are pilots who<BR> took part in the air operations in Kargil code named `Operation<BR> Safed Sagar'.<P> The four posthumous VM awardees include the two pilots of the<BR> Mi-17 helicopter gunship that was shot down on May 27. A<BR> significant VM recipient is Flt. Lt. Nachiketa who was taken<BR> prisoner on May 27 after he ejected from his MiG-27 due to<BR> engine trouble.<P> The awards list also includes a solitary Sarvottam Yuddh Seva<BR> Medal to the western air command chief Air Marshal Vinod<BR> Patney; the Uttan Yuddh Seva Medal to seven officers, including<BR> the Srinagar Corps commander Lt. Gen. Krishen Pal and the 8<BR> mountain division commander Maj. Gen. Mohinder Puri; and<BR> eight Yuddh Seva Medals, which includes eight Air Force officers<BR> - mostly commanding officers of the participating squadrons.<BR> Significantly, there is no award for the commander of the 3<BR> Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. V.S.Budhwar

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Babui » 15 Aug 1999 02:27

appu - <A HREF="http://www.herosofkargil.com" TARGET=_blank>www.herosofkargil.com</A> has a good list which could be extended on BR - with their permission of course.

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Skanhai » 15 Aug 1999 02:28

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles <BR>PVC and still alive, wow wouldn't want to have a fight with him.

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Jagan » 15 Aug 1999 09:17

A Small Sampling of the VrCs<P>Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja<BR>Maj M Sarvanan<BR>Capt Jintu Gogoi<BR>Capt Haneefuddin<BR>Capt Vijayant Thapar<BR>Capt Amol Kalia<P>All Posthumous<P>Col M B Ravindranath<BR>

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Postby Jagan » 15 Aug 1999 13:20

The Independence Day Honours, seen unit wise.<P><pre><big><BR>Rank Name Unit Regt Award <P>Capt Vikram Batra 13 JAK Rif PVC<BR>Rfn Sanjay Kumar 13 JAK Rif PVC<BR>Lt Col Yogesh Kumar Joshi 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Maj S Vijay Bhaskar 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Maj Vikas Vohra 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Capt Sanjeev Singh 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Sub Raghunath Singh 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Nk Dev Prasad 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Rfn Shyam Singh* 13 JAK Rif VrC<BR>Rfn Mehar Singh 13 JAK Rif VrC<P>Gdr Y S Yadav* 18 Grenediers PVC<BR>Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari* 18 Grenediers MVC<BR>Lieut Balwan Singh 18 Grenediers MVC<BR>Capt Sachin Annarao Nimbalkar18 Grenediers VrC<BR>Sub Randhir singh* 18 Grenediers VrC<BR>Nb Sub Dan Lal* 18 Grenediers VrC<BR>L/Hav Ram Kumar* 18 Grenediers VrC<P>Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey 1/11 GR PVC<BR>Col Lalit Rai 1/11 GR VrC<P>Major Vivek Gupta* 2 Raj Rif MVC<BR>Major Padmapani Acharya* 2 Raj Rif MVC<BR>Capt Neikezhakuo Kenguruse* 2 Raj Rif MVC<BR>Nk Digendra Kumar 2 Raj Rif MVC<BR>Col M B Ravindra Nath 2 Raj Rif VrC<BR>Maj Mohit Saxena 2 Raj Rif VrC<BR>Capt Vijayant Thapar* 2 Raj Rif VrC<BR>Sub Bhawar Lal* 2 Raj Rif VrC<BR>Hav Sultan Singh Narwaria* 2 Raj Rif VrC<BR>Rfn Jai Ram Singh 2 Raj Rif VrC<P>Major Sonan Wangchuk Ladakh Scouts MVC<BR>Sub Cherring Stobdan Ladakh Scouts VrC<BR>Sub Lobzang Chhotak* Ladakh Scouts VrC<BR>Hav Tsewang Rigzin* Ladakh Scouts VrC<BR>Sep Tsering Dorjay Ladakh Scouts VrC<P>Lieut K Clifford Nongrum* 12 JAK LI MVC<BR>Capt Amol Kalia* 12 JAK LI VrC<BR>Sub Bahadur Singh* 12 JAK LI VrC<BR>L/Nk Ghose Mohd. Khan* 12 JAK LI VrC<P>Maj Rajesh Sah 18 Garh Rif VrC<BR>Capt Sumeet Roy* 18 Garh Rif VrC<BR>Capt M V Sooraj 18 Garh Rif VrC<BR>Nk Kashmir Singh* 18 Garh Rif VrC<BR>Rfn Anusuya Prasad* 18 Garh Rif VrC<BR>Rfn Kuldeep Singh* 18 Garh Rif VrC<P>Col Umesh Singh Bawa 17 Jat VrC<BR>Maj Deepak Rampal 17 Jat VrC<BR>Hav Kumar Singh* 17 Jat VrC<P>Capt Jerry Prem Raj* 158 Med Arty VrC<BR>Gnr SGopala Pillai* 4 Fd Arty VrC<BR>Maj A S Kasana 41 Fd Arty VrC<P>Maj M Sarvanan* 1 Bihar VrC<BR>Nk Ganesh Prasad Yadav* 1 Bihar VrC<P>L/Nk Khusiman Gurung 1 Naga VrC<BR>Sep K Ashuli* 1 Naga VrC<P>Capt Haneefuddin* 11 Raj Rif VrC<BR>Nb Sub Mangej Singh* 11 Raj Rif VrC<P>Capt Shyamal Sinha 27 Rajput VrC<BR>Hav Joginder Singh Kumaon 27 Rajput VrC<P>Capt Jintu Gogoi* 17 Garh Rif VrC<BR> <BR>Hav Sis Ram Gill* 8 Jat VrC<P>Sep Satpal Singh 8 Sikh VrC<P>Wg Cdr Anil Kumar Sinha IAF VrC<BR>Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja IAF VrC<BR></big><BR></pre>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Badar » 15 Aug 1999 15:15

Hi,<P>Good News.<P>The webmasters have a lot of updating to do to the 'Duty Unto Death' page. Somehow I have the feeling that they wont really mind this particular chore Image<P>Jagan, the asterix signifies a posthomus award?<BR>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Sachin » 15 Aug 1999 15:57

Rakesh,<BR> CQMH Abdul Hamid did not recieve his PVC. His Recoil-less gun fitten onto the Jeep was blasted by the Pakis. But before that, he had finished off three Paki teams.<BR> And regarding YS Pandey. Pandey is a sur-name, I think in prevelance in UP. Gorkha regiment will only have Gorkhas in the JCO and NCO ranks. And Pandey is not a Gorkha sur-name.<BR> I think Times of India has got wrong info.<P>------------------<BR>Sachin PK,<BR>http://members.tripod.com/~sachin_pk<P><BR>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Jagan » 15 Aug 1999 19:06

Sachin,<P>Pandey is an officer and is from 1/11 Gorkha Rifles.

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Rupak » 15 Aug 1999 21:09

The army personnel awarded the UYSM are: <P>Lt General Krishen Pal, PVSM, VSM <BR>Maj Gen Mohinder Puri <BR>Brig Prakash Chand Katoch <BR>Brig Amar Nath Aul (all infantrymen).<P>In addition to the gallantry awards for Operation Vijay, 182 other gallantry awards have been announced. These include six Kirti Chakras, two Vir Chakras, 26 Shaurya Chakras, 143 Sena Medals (including one bar), three Nao Sena Medals and two Vayu Sena Medals. <P>The recipients of the Kirti Chakra are: <P><BR>Maj Raman Dada, 11 Sikh (posthumous) <BR>Naib Subedar Jagroop Singh, 28 Punjab (posthumous) <BR>Havildar Rakesh Paul, 16 Dogra (posthumous) <BR>Naik Tikaram Thapa, 3 Assam (posthumous) <BR>Naik Narayan Das, 15 Assam (posthumous) <BR>Sepoy Balbir Singh, 22 Punjab (posthumous).<BR>The recipients of the two Vir Chakras awarded for action outside Kargil are: <P>Naib Subedar Rampal Singh, 9 Rajput (posthumous) <BR>Lance Naik Prem Pal, 19 Garhwal Rifles (posthumous).

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby dsandhu » 15 Aug 1999 21:43

Thanks Jagan and Rupak for the list of Gallantry award winners. Can this be saved or archived in the BR?<P> One question how come Lt. Gen Kishen Pal got the UYSM. He is partly responsible for the early debacle. His the a part of the cover up?<P>Thanks<BR>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Rupak » 16 Aug 1999 00:42

List of gallantry award winners <P><BR>NEW DELHI, AUG. 15. Following is the list of gallantry award winners announced on the occasion of the Independence Day: <P>Kirti Chakra <P>Maj. Raman Dada, 11 Sikh (posthumous); Nb. Sub. Jagroop Singh, 28 Punjab (posthumous); Hav Raksh Paul, 16 Dogra (posthumous); Nk. Tikaram Thapa, 3 Assam (posthumous); Nk. Narayan Das, 15 Assam (posthumous) and Sep. Balbir Singh, 22 Punjab (posthumous). <P>Vir Chakra <P>Nb. Sub. Rampal Singh, 9 Rajput and L/Nk. Prem Pal, 19 Garh Rif. (posthumous). <P>Shaurya Chakra <P>Maj. Bhupesh Hada, 10 Para (Spl. Force); Maj. Sharma, 10 Assam; Maj. Suresh Kumar Joshi, 18 Garh. Rif.; Maj. Kishan Bahadur Thapa, 14 Rash Rif.; Maj. Daya Chand, 16 Dogra; Maj. Dinesh Kumar Bisht, 14 SikhL. Inf.; Maj. Mohan Gangadharan, 59 Eng. Reg. (posthumous); Maj. Harminder Pal Singh, 18 Gdrs. (posthumous); Lt. Vembu Shankar, Dogra Scouts; Lt. Joga Singh, 10 Sikh L. Inf. (posthumous); Nb. Sub. Tripurari Singh, 12 Mahar (posthumous); Hav. Dayal Singh, 6 Dogra; Hav. Babu Ram, 8 JAKLI (posthumous); Hav. Bane Singh Gujar, 12 Rasht. Rif. (posthumous); Hav. Sujan Singh, 9 Rasht. Rif. (posthumous); L/Hav. Parshotam Singh, 12 Gdrs.; L/Hav. Birbal, Signals (posthumous); Nk. Rajesh Mishra, 9 Para (Spl. Force); Nk. Payar Singh, 22 Punjab (posthumous); L/Nk. Roop Singh, 14 Rasht. Rif. (posthumous); Sep. Sukhbir Singh, 5 Sikh (posthumous); Sep. Rajinder Singh, 22 Punjab (posthumous); Sep. Basappa Mugalihal, 17 Rasht. Rif.; Rfn. Mohammed Mushtaq, 6 JAKLI; Paratrooper Gian Singh, 6 Para (posthumous) and Shri Ramesh Chandra Yadav, Kanpur, (posthumous). <P>President's police medal awardees <P>The following is the list of personnel who have been awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service by the President of India on the occasion of Independence Day, 1999. <P>Central Reserve Police Force <P>President's police medal for distinguished service: Mr. P. J. Shetty, Addl. DIGP, Dte. General, New Delhi, and Mr. Balwant Singh, Addl. DIGP (Group Centre, Gurgaon). <P>Police medal for meritorious service: Mr. Ratnakar Raman, Asstt. Director, ISA Mt. Abu (Raj); Mr. S.M.Z. Rizvi, Asstt. Director, Dte. General; Mr. N. G. Subramania, Commandant; Mr. B. K. Sharma, Commandant; Mr. Devinder Singh, Commandant, Mr. Jagmehar Singh, Second-in- Command (21/C) 89 Bn; Mr. O. P. Dagar, 21/C Group Centre, Bhopal; Mr. S. D. Tripathi, Deputy Commandant; Mr. K. Babu, DC; Mr. A. Abdul Rahim, DC; Mr. B. S. Negi, DC; Mr. R. S. Yadav, DC; Mr. Sarwan Singh DC; Mr. R. S. Singh, Asstt. Commandant; Inspector Banna Ram; Inspector V.R.D. Kaimal; Inspector Narayan Singh; SI; R. L. Yadav; SI; N. Yogidasan; SI; Shanker Kishan; SI; R. P. Sharma; SI; Parbat Singh; SI; Ghuman Singh; Head Constable Ramanand, HC James Kandolana; HC Ramanuj Ram; HC Balan Parambath; HC R. P. Maurya; and HC Devender Singh. <P>Border Security Force <P>President's police medal for distinguished service: Mr. Kamalesh Deka, IG; Mr. A. K. Mishra, ADIG, Agartala, Border Security Force. Mr. K. C. Sharma, ADIG; Mr. K. B. Gurung, Commandant. <P>Police medal for meritorious service: Mr. V. Sharma, Commandant; Mr. Virendra Kumar, Commandant; Mr. P. S. Jhala, Commandant; Mr. J. A. Khan, Commandant; Mr. S. S. Ahlawat, Commandant; Mr. S. K. Sharma, Chief Medical Officer; Mr. R. L. Sharma, Commandant; Mr. Umed Singh, Inspector; Mr. Ashok Kumar, Assistant Director (MED); Mr. R. P. Sharma, SI; Mr. G. S. Virk, Deputy Commandant; Mr. Hazur Singh, SI; Mr. Joginder Singh, Assistant Commandant; Mr. D. K. Basumatary, SI; Mr. C. L. Parihar, Assistant Engr.(C); Mr. Grish Chand, SI; Mr. J. M. Sahgal, Assistant Commandant; Mr. R. L. Ram, Head Constable; Mr. Prithviraj Singh, Deputy Commandant; Mr. Sukh Ram, HC; Mr. K. K. Kapila, Subedar (T); Mr. Pratap Singh, HC; Mr. Mangla Gogoi, Lance Naik; Mr. Bachan Singh, Constable; Mr. L. B. Sarki, Constable; Mr. P. P. Sharma, Lance Naik; Mr. G. R. Pillai, Constable; Mr. Gurmeet Lal; Mr. Shosha Ram; Mr. Shibo; Mr. Om Prakash. <P>Indo-Tibetan Border Police <P>President's police medal for distinguished service: Mr. Sant Ram, Asstt. Commandant, 13 Bn. <P>Police medal for meritorious service: Mr. Chaman Lal, Asstt. Commandant, 14 Bn; Mr. Chandu Lal, Asstt. Commandant, 3 Bn; Mr. C. P. Unnikrishnan, Inspector (CM), 8 Bn; Mr. Ramesh Chand Dhiman, Inspector, 23 Bn. <BR>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Rupak » 16 Aug 1999 00:58

In the list of gallantry award winners carried on Saturday, the word ``posthumous'' was inadvertently mentioned after the name of commander-in-chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal Vinod Patney, who received the ``Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal''. The error is regretted.<P>Air Marshal Patney is the second military officer to get this high award in the history of independent India, the first being Lt Gen A.S. Kalkat (Retd) for leading the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka. The entire air operations in Kargil, which proved to be the turning point, was commanded by Air Marshal Patney<BR>

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Re: Param Vir Chakra to four for the Kargil war

Postby Rupak » 16 Aug 1999 01:10

One question how come Lt. Gen Kishen Pal got the UYSM.<P>It was his troops who made the significant contribution in Kargil. I agree that he shares some of the blame for what happened at Kargil.<P><BR>


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