Service No : 2785147
Date of Birth : Jun 20, 1968
Place of Birth : Belgaum, Karnataka
Last Rank: Havaldar
Unit : 18 Maratha
Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry
Operation : Op Rakshak
Award : SM
Date of Martyrdom : Aug 24, 2003
Havildar Ramappa Venkappa Mirji hailed from Hulakunda village of Belgaum district in Karnataka. He was born on 20 June 1968. His parents were Mr. Venkappa and Gangavva. He got his basic education from his home town and joined college in Belagam district, however due to financial inadequacy he could not continue with his II year PUC. He then decided to earn for his family and at the age of 18 years joined Indian Army. Havildar Ramappa Venkappa Mirji was recruited into 18 Maratha Regiment, a regiment known for its valiant soldiers and various battle honours.
Havaldar Ramappa Venkappa Mirji during his service career participated in numerous operations from 1986 to 2003 and proved his mettle as a brave and a committed soldier. By 2003, Havaldar Ramappa Venkappa Mirji had put in 17 years of service and was posted to various areas with difficult terrain and operating conditions. He was posted to places like Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar, Rajasthan , Jammu & Kashmir and Assam.
Op Rakshak Poonch sector : 24 Aug 2003
During August 2003, Havaldar Ramappa Venkappa Mirji’s unit was deployed in poonch sector and its troops were manning various forward posts along the LoC. On 24 August 2003, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control and resorted to heavy mortar shelling at various Indian Army posts and civilian areas. Pakistani Army was also using small arms and automatics in this indiscriminate firing.
The Indian forces gave a befitting reply to the unprovoked firing and consequently the exchange of fire continued for several hours. During the heavy exchange of fire, Havaldar Ramappa’s one of the officer and a havaldar of the same unit got shot by the pakistan troops. Hearing this Ramappa was all charged up and showed his willingness to collect their bodies and without caring much about his personal safety he moved to the field where firing was taking place. Unfortunately during the process of retrieving his colleagues’ bodies he was also shot fatally. Havaldar Ramappa was a disciplined and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Havaldar Ramappa Venkappa Mirji is survived by his wife Rukmini and two sons Venkatesh and Harish.
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