Service No: IC-12323

Date of Birth : Jul 09, 1941

Place of Birth : Allahabad, UP

Service: Army

Last Rank : 2/Lt

UNIT: 4 Garh Rif

Regiment: The Garhwal Rifles

Operation: Op Indo- China war

Award: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Nov 14, 1962

2/Lt Vinod Kumar Goswamy VrC

2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy was born on 9th July 1941 at Allahabad district in Uttar Pradesh and his family was settled at Kanpur. His father was Shri JL Goswamy. 2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy was Commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles on 18th December 1960.

 

Op Indo-China War 1962

 

2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy was detailed as patrol leader along with his troops. The  patrol was tasked to make a military observation of the Tawang Chu bank and as possible to capture a Chinese Prisoner, so the information can be extracted about their plan. He was leading his patrol through thick jungle and established a base south of the river. In the evening, he noticed 20 Chinese soldiers stopping near a hut in village RHO and settling down for the night. After dark, 2/Lt. Goswamy took seven men with him and crossed the river. Some time later, he led his patrol towards the hut. 2/Lt. Goswamy observed a man sitting near the trail who he soon discovered was a Chinese sentry. Proceeding quietly towards him along with a rifleman, he pounced upon him and snatching his rifle muffed his mouth with a towel. The scuffle, however, brought another Chinese soldier out of the hut and then he fired, 2/Lt. Goswamy bayoneted him. The covering party then started firing with sten guns and throwing hand grenades as a result of which there was confusion in the hut as well as in the village. 2/Lt. Goswamy realizing that it would not be possible to drag the sentry away, hit him on the head with the butt of the captured rifle and started dragging him in  his base. After this incident, 2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy was not seen. He was presumably killed by the Chinese. The rest of the party returned to Headquarters on the morning of the 15th November, 1962.

 

2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy showed high gallantry in the face of the enemy beyond the call of duty with utter disregard to his personal safety and made the Supreme Sacrifice. 2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy was posthumously awarded to “Vir Chakra”.

Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:-

On 14th November 1962, 2/Lt. Goswamy was detailed to observe the activities of the Chinese on the north side of river Towang Chu in NEFA and if possible to capture a Chinese prisoner. He led his patrol through thick jungle and established a base south of the river. In the evening, he noticed 20 Chinese soldiers stopping near a hut in village RHO and settling down for the night.

After dark, 2/Lt. Goswamy took seven men with him and crossed the river. Some time later, he led his patrol towards the hut. 2/Lt. Goswamy observed a man sitting near the trail who he soon discovered was a Chinese sentry. Proceeding quietly towards him along witha rifleman, he pounced upon him and snatching his rifle muffed his mouth with a towel. The scuffle, however, brought another Chinese soldier out of the hut and though he fired, 2/Lt. Goswamy bayonetted him. Our covering party then started firing sten guns and thowing hand grenades as a result of which there was confusion in the hut as well as in the village. 2/Lt. Goswamy realising that it would not be posiible to drag the sentry away hit him on the head with the hut of the captured rifle and started withdrawing to his base. He was not seen thereafter. The rest of the party returned to Headquarters on the morning of the 15th November, 1962.

In this action, 2/Lt. Vinod Kumar Goswamy displayed exemplary courage, initiative and leadership in the best traditions of the Indian Army.

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