Service No : 2785147

Date of Birth : Jun 20, 1968

Place of Birth : Belgaum, Karnataka

Service: Army

Last Rank: Havaldar

Unit : 18 Maratha

Arm/Regt : The Maratha Light Infantry

Operation : Op Rakshak

Award : SM

Date of Martyrdom : Aug 24, 2003

Hav Ramappa Venkappa Mirji

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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