Service No: IC-1857

Date of Birth : Oct 14, 1921

Service: Army

Last Rank : Captain

Last Unit : 40 Fd Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Operation: J&K Ops

Award : MVC

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 15, 1948

Captain Dara Dinshaw Mistri MVC

Captain Dara Dinshaw Mistri was born on 14th October 1921.

 

Naushera Sector: 15 Dec 1948

 

On 15th December 1948 Capt. D.D. Mistri was the Observation Officer of the forward most picquet, at Chhawa Ridge in the Naushera Sector where the enemies relentlessly shelled his position using every type of artillery from 3.7 howitzer to 5.5 mortar guns.

 

In spite of this murderous fire, Capt Mistri stuck to his post, and it was due to his fearless conduct that the hostiles guns were pinpointed in that sector. He was also able to confirm the presence of enemy Sherman Tanks in the Sandoa village area and remained at his post when these tanks engaged his picquet for more than two hours. He would not listen to the entreaties of the platoon commander to seek safety but continued to observe and pass back the information to the guns.

 

On one occasion more than a dozen shells straddled his O.P. but still undaunted he remained there till a 75mm shell hit his position killing him instantaneously.

 

By day and by night this gallant officer continued to be the watchdog of the picquet. His personal courage, unparalleled gallantry and devotion to duty with utter disregard for personal safety was a source of inspiration to all ranks on the picquet and worthy of the highest praise.

He was awarded with Maha Veer Chakra (MVC) posthumously.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded reads him:

 

On 15th Dec 48, at Chhawa Ridge in the Naushera Sector, Capt. D.D. Mistri was the Observation Officer of the forward most picquet, when the hostiles relentlessly shelled his position using every type of artillery from 3.7 howitzer to 5.5 mortar guns.

 

In spite of this murderous fire, Capt Mistri stuck to his post, and it was due to his fearless conduct that the hostiles guns were pinpointed in that sector. He was also able to confirm the presence of enemy Sherman Tanks in the Sandoa village area and remained at his post when these tanks engaged his picquet for more than two hours.

 

He would not listen to the entreaties of the platoon commander to seek safety but continued to observe and pass back the information to the guns.

 

On one occasion more than a dozen shells straddled his O.P. but still undaunted he remained there till a 75mm shell hit his position killing him instantaneously.

 

By day and by night this gallant officer continued to be the watch dog of the picquet. His personal courage, unparalleled gallantry and devotion to duty with utter disregard for personal safety was a source of inspiration to all ranks on the picquet and worthy of the highest praise.

  • The Housing project of Dara Enclave in Mumbai was named after Captain Dara Dinshaw Mistry MVC.
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