Service No: 15119305W
Date of Birth: May 20, 1974
Place of Birth: Avaneeswaram, Kerala
Last Rank : Gunner
Unit : 4 Fd Regt
Arm/Regt : Regiment of Artillery
Operation: Op Vijay (Kargil)
Award: Vir Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Jul 15, 1999
Gunner Sajeev Gopala Pillai was born on 20 May 1974 in Avaneeswaram is a village in Kollam district, Kerala. Gunner Sajeev Gopala Pillai was commissioned into The 4 Field Regiment.
Op Vijay (Kargil) 1999
The Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-
Gunner Sajeev Gopala Pillai was inducted into Batalik Sub Sector in Kargil on 11 may 1999 as Observation Post Assistant for engaging enemy intruders in the area. He volunteered for a more challenging task to accompany Forward Observation Officer in the mission to occupy Bump-II in SQUARE-1391.
On 19 May 1999 at 0500 hrs, while assisting the forward Observation Officer in directing continuous artillery fire upon the enemy and on reaching the objective, the entire team came under very heavy direct firing from the enemy causing large number of casualities to own troops. Gunner Sajeev Gopala Pillai sustained multiple splinter injuries.
Despite the multiple injuries, braving adverse weather conditions at 16500 feet of rugged and glaciated terrain with heavy snow and high velocity winds, he continued to assist in bringing down very intense and accurate artillery fir on the enemy, resulting in heavy losses to the enemy.
Gunner Sajeev Gopala Pillai displayed indomitable courage, firm determination and gallantry of an exemplary order in the face of enemy.
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