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 : 1/11 GR

Arm/Regt : 11 Gorkha 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 tehsil of Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Gopi Chand Pandey and Smt Mohini Pandey,  Capt Manoj was the eldest among three brothers and a sister. Even as a child he was quite gutsy and would often amaze the elders with his acts of bravery. Despite having gutsy temperament, he was good in academics too. He studied from UP Sainik School, Lucknow wherein his dream of joining the Army took firm shape and the foundation of his future life was laid.


He had a keen interest in sports too and excelled in boxing and bodybuilding in particular. Subsequently, he got selected to join the National Defence Academy in his pursuit of realizing his dream of donning the Army uniform as an officer. He joined the 90th course of NDA and got commissioned into 1/11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army, a unit known for its gallant soldiers and various heroic exploits.


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, Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey did win the country’s highest gallantry award but unfortunately did not live to receive it in person. After commissioning, his first assignment was in the Kashmir valley and thereafter he was posted to Siachen. Whilst in Siachen he received orders to move to Batalik sector, where the first intrusions by the Pakistani forces were detected and the Army was preparing for a well-coordinated retaliatory action.


Kargil War: 03 July 1999


By early May 1999, Pakistani forces had intruded well across the LOC, in the Mushkoh, Drass, Kaksar, and Batalik sectors. The extent of penetration across the LOC varied from 4 to 8 kms in each sector. In many vital points, neither artillery nor air power could dislodge the enemy forces, who were not in the visible range. The Indian forces had no option but to send up the soldiers for direct assaults which were slow and took a toll. One such mission was planned in the Batalik sector and 1/11 GR was assigned the task to take over Khalubar. The task was given to the ‘B’ company of 1/11 GR wherein Capt Manoj was commanding Platoon No 5. Earlier Capt Manoj was also part of the team which had captured Jaubar Top and established the first post there.


On the night of 2/3 July 1999, Capt Manoj along with his troops marched off for the Pahalwan Chowki located at a height of 19700 feet on his way to Khalubar. As the assault team moved ahead, it faced heavy and intense enemy fire from both sides of the hillock. Capt Manoj 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. Capt Manoj fearlessly charged ahead with the booming battle cry, “Jai Mahakali, Aayo Gorkhali” clearing two enemy bunkers. While clearing the third bunker a barrage of bullets hit him on the shoulder and legs. Undaunted and without caring for his grievous injuries, he continued to lead the assault on the fourth bunker and destroyed the same with a grenade. As he hit his target he himself got hit in the forehead with a bullet. Capt Manoj later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred at the age of 24  years.


The troops under the command of Capt Manoj gained control over six bunkers and killed eleven enemy soldiers besides getting a good stock of arms and ammunition including an air defense gun. Khalubar was eventually captured and Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey with his supreme sacrifice not set an example of unparalleled bravery but changed the course of Kargil war. Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey was given the nation’s highest gallantry award, “Param Vir Chakra” for his outstanding courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

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

Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, a young officer of the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, took part in a series of boldly led attacks during Operation Vijay, forcing back the intruders with heavy losses in Batalik including the capture of Jaubar Top.

His finest hour was during the advance to Khalubar, when he was Number 5 Platoon Commander. On the night of 2/3 July 1999, as the platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. The officer was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions, so as to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted, being in a vulnerable position. The officer quickly moved his platoon to an advantageous position under intense enemy fire and sent one section to clear the enemy positions from the right, while he himself proceeded to clear four other enemy positions on the left. Fearlessly assaulting the first enemy position, he killed two enemy personnel and proceeded to assault the second and destroyed it by killing two more enemy personnel. Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey was injured on the shoulder and legs by enemy fire while clearing the third position. Undaunted and without caring for his grievous injury, he led the assault on the fourth position urging his men and destroyed the same with a grenade, even as he got a fatal Medium Machine Gun burst on his forehead. It is this singular daredevil act of the officer, which provided the critical firm base for the companies, which finally led to capture of Khalubar.

Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, thus, displayed most conspicuous bravery, indomitable courage, exemplary personal valour, outstanding leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptionally high order, in the face of enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the 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 him as “Captain Manoj Pandey Chowk” in his home district Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh and in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
  • An assembly hall has been made in sainik school lucknow where he was educated to motivate the school cadets.
  • A hall is has been named after him at Service Selection Center Allahabad 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 parents.
  • In his personal diary he wrote “Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail“.
  • In the memory of his mother : “She is the star which shines brightly in the darkness, some one who will always give and bless.
  • In his diary these lines were written in bold letters: “If death strikes before I prove my blood, I promise (swear), I will kill death.
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  • Pranav Rai

    2022at2:58 pm Reply

    A big salute to Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey and all our soldiers who fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for our country.
    Thank you for protecting us and keeping us safe.
    Jai Hind

    Pranav Rai
    Class 1A
    New Horizon Gurukul

  • Sathwik Gunta

    2022at3:58 pm Reply

    I salute and thank you all soldiers for protecting our country.

  • Pranav Rai

    2022at4:17 pm Reply

    A big salute to Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey and all our soldiers who fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for our country.Thank you for protecting us and keeping us safe.
    Jai Hind
    Pranav Rai , Class 1A, New Horizon Gurukul

  • Sara Varun

    2022at9:18 pm Reply

    Salute to our great Kargil war hero Manoj Kumar Pandey..Hail your heroic efforts..Big salute to you..

  • Sara Varun

    2022at9:21 pm Reply

    Salute to our great Kargil war hero Manoj Kumar Pandey. Hail your heroic efforts and big salute to you

    – Sara Varun
    1st Grade F Section
    New Horizon Gurukul

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      2022at12:09 pm

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  • Saatvik Sahoo, 1(D), New Horizon Gurukul

    2022at10:24 pm Reply

    Salute to Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey and all heroes who sacrificed their life in border to save our country from Pakistan. Jai Hind!

  • Snithik Shetty 2-A New Horizon Gurukul..

    2022at10:40 pm Reply

    Supreme salute to supreme sacrifice.jai hind..

  • Vedansh Tiwari

    2022at10:34 pm Reply

    The most common slogan of defence forces “Service Before Self“ is being depicted no doubt in any war or battle tail.

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