Service No : 2683738
Place of birth : Mainpuri Dist(UP)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Grenadier
Unit : 18 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers
Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )
Awards : Sena Medal
Martyrdom : June 3, 1999
Grenadier Pravin Kumar Yadav hailed from Anjani village in Mainpuri tehsil of Mainpuri district in Uttar Pradesh. He joined the army after completing his initial schooling and was inducted into 18 Grenadiers Battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its valiant soldiers and various battle honours.
Tololing Operation (Op Vijay): 02/03 June 1999
During May/June 1999, Grenadier Pravin Kumar Yadav’s unit was deployed in the Drass sector. On 3 May 1999, enemy intrusions were detected and "Operation Vijay" was launched by the Indian Army to evict the intruders from Indian territory. 18 Grenadiers battalion was inducted in Drass area on 19 May 1999 under the command of 121 Inf Bde and were operating along with 1 Naga and 8 Sikh battalions. These battalions along with 28 RR less a company operated under 121 Inf Bde till 22 May when HQ 56 Mountain Brigade assumed the command of the Drass area. 18 Grenadiers troops under the command of Col Khushal Thakur were tasked to launch an attack to capture Tololing on 02 June 1999. The attack under the leadership of Lt Col R Vishwanathan in the night of 02/03 June 1999, took the enemy by complete surprise as it came along a very difficult approach and terrain at an altitude of over 15,000 feet. Gdr Pravin Kumar Yadav was part of the team that undertook that operation.
On 03 June 1999, Gdr Pravin Kumar was part of Sub Randhir Singh's team that tasked to launch an assault on the tactically important Tololing ridge in the Drass sector. The well-stocked and fortified post of the enemy-backed infiltrators was in a treacherous mountainous terrain covered with snow at a height of over 15,000 feet. The advance of the platoon, was impeded due to heavy machine gun fire from one of the sangars of the intruders. Sub Randhir Singh immediately deployed his platoon and with a small team crawled ahead to the sangar and neutralized the machine gun in close combat killing two intruders. On encountering a second enemy sangar, Gdr Pravin Kumar and his comrades charged onto the enemy killing one intruder in hand-to-hand combat. This dare-devil act made it possible to gain vital ground on Tololing ridge which facilitated the capture of Point 4599. Gdr Pravin Kumar later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Besides Gdr Pravin Kumar, the other martyred brave hearts during the operation included Lt Col R Vishwanathan, Sub Randhir Singh, L/Hav Ram Kumar Lamba, Naik Samunder Singh and Gdr Munish Kumar. Gdr Pravin Kumar was a valiant and committed soldier, who laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Gdr Pravin Kumar Yadav was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 15 August 1999, for his commendable courage, determination, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.