Service No : IC-18321

Date of Birth : August 9, 1938

Place of birth : New Delhi

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 196 Fd Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Awards : VrC

Martyrdom : December 14, 1971

Captain Jagdish Chander Gosain VrC

Captain Jagdish Chander Gosain hailed from New Delhi and was born on Aug 09, 1938. He was commissioned into 196 Mountain Regt of the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat arm of the Indian Army, well known for its booming field guns. 

 

Indo Pak Conflict: 13/14 Dec 1971

 

During 1971 Indo Pak war, Capt Jagdish Chander Gosain's unit 196 Mtn Regt was deployed in J&K. The unit was deployed in Balnoi sector of J&K and was operating field guns in support of ground operations by infantry units. By 13 Dec 1971, the battle on the western front had become very fierce with fast-changing battle lines. On the night of 13 December 1971, Capt Jagdish Chander Gosain was detailed as forward observation officer (FOO) with a leading company in the attack on an enemy defended area in Balnoi sector. The attack by infantry soldiers was held up due to effective fire from the enemy cement concrete bunkers.

 

The situation demanded neutralization of enemy bunkers to facilitate advance of own infantry soldiers. Capt Gosain, as FOO undertook the task of neutralizing the enemy bunkers with accurate Artillery firing. The enemy Artillery fire was also raging with shells falling in his vicinity. However undeterred, Capt Gosain, stood in the lethal zone of own shells as well as that of the enemy to effectively direct our own artillery fire. Subsequently he assumed command of the company and assaulted the bunkers in broad daylight along with 40 other soldiers. However, while doing so, he got hit by enemy shells and was seriously injured.  He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred on 14 Dec 1971. Capt Gosain was a gallant soldier and determined officer who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of his duty.

 

Capt Jagdish Chander Gosain was given the nation’s third highest gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his outstanding courage, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice during the operation.

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