Service No : SS-31468P

Date of Birth : January 17, 1960

Place of birth : New Delhi.

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 75 Med Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Operation : Op Meghdoot

Awards : Maha Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : May 26, 1988

Captain Pratap Singh MVC

Capt Pratap Singh, son of Capt Khazan Singh, was born on 17 Jan 1960 in Basai Darapur New Delhi. He did his initial study from Sherwood College Nainital and later graduated in English literature from Hansraj College Delhi before joining the Indian Army. His father had fought in the second world war and subsequent operations of the Indian Army and had won many medals. His two elder brothers also served in the Armed forces, while one brother joined Indian Air Force, the other brother went on to command an AD regiment of the Army. Sadly, his eldest brother in the Air Force was killed in an air crash while flying Jaguar aircraft.
Following his family tradition, Capt Pratap Singh joined the Army and was commissioned into the regiment of artillery on 27th August 1983. After serving with his unit, 75 Med Regt for a couple of years, Capt Pratap Singh was posted to the Siachen area which had become very active and volatile after skirmishes with Pakistani forces in 1987.
Operation Meghdoot: 26 May 1988
In 1988 Capt  Pratap Singh was posted at the Sonam outpost in Siachen area as an Observation Post Officer. Soon after he was called upon to defend the Bana post which is considered strategically very important for the defences in that area the adversary made repeated attempts to retake a key post vital for the defence of Siachen. However, these attempts were foiled by our vigilant forces. Again on 9th May 1988,the enemy commando group made a very vicious attack to retake the post using ropes and a ladder system on the ice wall below the post for the purpose. This attack was successfully beaten back. The ropes and ladder system fixed by the adversary, however, remained in position, making it possible for them to use it again in their fresh attempts to take the post. It was imperative that the fixed ropes were cut and the ladder unfixed to prevent fresh attacks.
On 18 May 1988, Second Lieutenant Ashok Chaudhry was able to reach and cut two of the four ropes. On 26 May 1988, it was decided to cut the remaining two fixed ropes and unfix the ladder. Capt Pratap Singh undertook this mission with the help of a jawan descending down the ice wall. On reaching the location, Capt Pratap Singh found a large quantity of ammunition and grenades lying at the head of the ropes. As he was examining them, a grenade booby trap exploded, severely wounding him in his right arm and chest. Despite being severely wounded, the brave officer crawled forward to the fixed ropes and cut them with his knife. He then un-fixed the ladder system and let it fall down the ice wall. The gallant officer inched back to his own rope to return to the post but collapsed and succumbed to his injuries. Capt Pratap Singh thus displayed conspicuous gallantry in eliminating a grave threat to a key post of Siachen at the cost of his life.
Capt Pratap Singh was given the nation’s second-highest gallantry award “Maha Vir Chakra” for his conspicuous gallantry, indomitable spirit, and supreme sacrifice.
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  • Sintu Sainee

    2023at11:46 am Reply

    Jai Hind

  • Rao

    2023at11:46 am Reply

    My Salute to you Sir !

  • Sachin

    2023at11:47 am Reply

    Full name gourav Pratap Singh hai sir

  • Sub Maj Shakti Singh

    2023at11:47 am Reply

    Capt pratap singh is a real hero and brave soldier of the nation. It is my request to the Govt of India that real history and brave stories of all martyred soldiers should be taught in all school of the nation. Due to their supreme scarification, we are enjoying freedom. Salute to the real warrior. Jai hind

  • Sub Pramod kumar

    2023at11:48 am Reply

    Sub Pramod Kumar

    You are in our hearts and remind us to give our best for our country.Jai Hind sir

  • PKB

    2023at11:49 am Reply

    In reply to JAgdish Soni.
    You live on forever dear Pratap…. in our heart …..every course mate remembers you on every single occasion…….. and also we share the glory with pride extraordinaire which you have brought to each one of us …..

  • Capt Ramakant Singru

    2023at11:52 am Reply

    Proud of you friend..My good time that i trained with you


    2023at11:59 am Reply


  • Colonel Ashok Naik

    2023at12:00 pm Reply

    I am from The Same Regiment = 75 Medium Regiment (Basantar River) , We Never use the word = ‘Was’ , We say = ‘IS’ , Because He Still Lives ON in Our Hearts and is An Inspiration to EVERYONE OF ‘BASANTAR PARIVAR’.

  • JAgdish Soni

    2023at12:00 pm Reply

    Salute to Sir for his great Bravery.. Siachen is very impotent battle field area at that time and we lost many brave Solders in Operation Meghdoot..

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