captain Manoj Kumar Pandey 6

Service No: IC-56959W

Date of Birth : Jun 25, 1975

Birth place: Sitapur, Uttar Prdesh

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Service Years: 1995 - 1999

Unit: 1/11Gorkha Rifles

Regiment : 11 Gurkha Rifles

Operation : Op Vijay (Kargil )

Awards: Param Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Jul 3, 1999

Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey PVC

Captain Manoj Pandey, belonged to Rudha village in Kamlapur of Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh. He was the son of Shri Gopi Chand Pandey, a small time businessman living in lucknow. He was eldest in his family and was educated at Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, Lucknow and Rani Laxmi Bai Memorial Senior Secondary School. He had a keen interest in sports with boxing and body building in particular. He passed out from National Defence Academy in 90th course and got commissioned in the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army. Prior to his selection, during his Services Selection Board (SSB) interview, the interviewer had asked him, “Why do you want to join the Army?” He had immediately replied, “I want to win the Param Vir Chakra.” True to his words, Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey did win the country’s highest gallantry honour but posthumously.

Operation Vijay:

Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey’s unit was deployed in Battalik sector of J & K during Op Vijay. On the night of 2/3 July 1999, his unit was tasked to capture Khalubar and during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Capt Pandey quickly moved his platoon to an advantageous position under intense enemy fire, sent one section to clear the enemy positions from the right and himself proceeded to clear the enemy positions from the left. Fearlessly assaulting the first enemy position, he killed two enemy personnel and destroyed the second position by killing two more. He was injured on the shoulder and legs while clearing the third position. Undaunted and without caring for his grievous injuries, he continued to lead the assault on the fourth position urging his men and destroyed the same with a grenade, even as he got a fatal burst on his forehead. Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey later succumbed to his injuries and his supreme sacrifice finally led to the capture of Khalubar.

Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, displayed most conspicuous bravery and outstanding leadership during the operation and thus was given the nation’s highest gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra, posthumously.

The citation for the Param Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey took part in a series of boldly led attacks during ‘operation Vijay ‘, forcing back the intruders with heavy losses in Battlik including the capture of Jaubar Top. On the night of 2/3 July 1999 during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Lieutenant Pandey was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted, being in a vulnerable position. He quickly moved his platoon to an advantageous position under intense enemy fire, sent one section to clear the enemy positions from the right and himself proceeded to clear the enemy positions from the left. Fearlessly assaulting the first enemy position, he killed two enemy personnel and destroyed the second position by killing two more. He was injured on the shoulder and legs while clearing the third position. Undaunted and without caring for his grievous injuries, he continued to lead the assault on the fourth position urging his men and destroyed the same with a grenade, even as he got a fatal burst on his forehead. This singular daredevil act of Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey provided the critical firm base for the companies, which finally led to capture of Khalubar. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries.

Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, thus, displayed most conspicuous bravery, indomitable courage, outstanding leadership and devotion to duty and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

  • Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, Lucknow has its main gate and assembly hall named after Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey.
  • Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, Lucknow conducts an inter school football tournament annually as ‘ Late Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey memorial inter school football tournament’ in school itself.
  • The Army Welfare Housing Organization (AWHO) designed and constructed an apartment complex for veterans in Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh, and named it after him as Manoj Vihar.
  • The army quarters near the Cardio Thoracic Center(CTC) hospital in Pune is named after Martyr Capt Manoj Pandey as ‘Capt. Manoj Pandey Enclave’
  • The National Defence Academy named the science block as the ‘Manoj Pandey Block’.
  • A roundabout is also named after Martyr Capt.Manoj Pandey as “Captain Manoj Pandey Chowk” in his home district Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh and center of Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • An assebly hall was made in sainik school lucknow where he was educated which is a symbol of motivation for sainik school cadets
  • A hall is made in the name of Capt. Manoj at Service Selection Center Allahabad named as Manoj Pandey Block.
  • A gallery in the Kargil War Museum at Drass is named after him.
  • In the memory of his greatest efforts to save the nation from the enemy forces, Rani Laxmi Bai Memorial Senior Secondary School constructed an auditorium in his name, which was inaugurated by his father and mother.
  • In his personal diary he wrote “Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail“.
  • In the memory of his mother read: “She is the star which shines brightly in the darkness, some one who will always give and bless.
  • Just below the poem, were the four lines written in bold letters: “If death strikes before I prove my blood, I promise (swear), I will kill death.
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6 Tributes
  • Mike

    2017 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Your story of sacrifice will continue to inspire future generations. Jai Hind

  • Meenal Joshi - Agra,Uttar Pradesh

    2017 at 11:33 am Reply

    Your sacrifice will always be remembered and you will remain a hero for countless Indians. I salute you. Jai Hind

  • Manjula seth - Agra,Uttar Pradesh

    2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

    It is a historic day that crowns the sacrifices of the martyrs. I salute the Indian Army and the families of the soldiers who laid their lives so that we could live peacefully. Their memory shall always be etched in our hearts . Jai Hind

  • Yadvendra chaubey - Raipur,Chhattisgarh

    2017 at 10:33 pm Reply

    Kuchh lamhe mere desh ke itihaas me darz ho gaye.
    Jo lade, jo Mare wo shaheed ho gaye. Hamare kal ke liye wo apna aaj taj gaye.
    Sadar naman. Ashrupurit shradhanjali.

  • Gayatri pawar - Nashik,Maharashtra

    2017 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Shahedoo ke chitaoo pe lagenge har baras mele,
    Watan pe jaan dene walo ka baaki yahi ek nishaaan hoga.

  • Valsan Kunnath - Thrissur,Kerala

    2017 at 12:03 am Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey – Param Vir Chakra
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You proved the patriotism in the most inspiring way to the Nation ( You kill the Death )
    You will never be forgotten and always be Saluted for your Indomitable Courage, Conspicuous Bravery and Supreme Sacrifice.

    “Some goals are so worthy, It’s glorious even to fail” – Capt.M.K.Pandy- PVC

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