Service No : IC19099
Date of Birth : May 8, 1943
Place of birth : Kozhikode, Kerala
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 161 Fd Regt
Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Martyrdom : December 14, 1971
Captain RM Narendran hailed from Kozhikode district of Kerala and was born on 08 May 1943. Son of Shri KPR Menon, former DIG of police and Smt Leela Menon, Capt RM Narendran nursed the idea of donning the Army uniform since his younger days. He studied from Malabar Christian College in Kozhikode and while in college continued to follow his dream. Eventually, he joined the Army in the year 1960 at the age of 17 years. He was commissioned into 161 Field Regiment of the Regiment of Artillery, the second largest arm of the Indian army.
He soon evolved into a committed soldier and a fine officer with superior field-craft skills. Besides being a tough soldier he was very affable and caring which endeared him to his peers and subordinates as well. After serving for a few years Capt RM Narendran got married to Ms Shyamala Nair on 28 Dec 1967 and the couple had two sons Ramprakash Narendran & Viswanath Narendran. By 1971, he had put in around 10 years of service and had served in varous operational areas. Besides being a deep rooted soldier, he had keen interest in athletics and won many laurels for his unit in various competitions.
Battle of Basantar (Indo-Pak war): 14 Dec 1971
During 1971 war, Capt RM Narendran's unit 161 Fd Regt was deployed in the western sector under the operational control of 54 Infantry Division commanded by Major General WAG Pinto. The Regiment played a crucial role in the 'Battle of Basantar'. Starting on December 4 the battle lasted for 12 long days, and was one of the hardest fought battles of the war. The objective of the battle was to bridge the Basantar River and secure the vital Shakargarh sector. It was spearheaded by I Corps, which had 3 infantry divisions, 2 Armoured Brigades, 2 Independent Artillery Brigades and one Engineer Brigade. On 3/4th Dec 1971, the Indian army crossed the international border led by 47 Inf Brigade. Two more Brigades, 74 and 91 followed suit making the attack front formidably large. The task given to the 54 Inf Div was to advance in the area between Degh Nadi and Karir Nadi and capture Zaffarwal – Dhamtalline and then be prepared for the capture of Deoli and Mirzapur.