Service No : 3172590X
Date of Birth : July 16, 1961
Place of birth : Jhunjhunu (Raj)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Havildar
Unit : 8 Jat
Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment
Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )
Awards : Vir Chakra
Martyrdom : July 9, 1999
Havildar Sis Ram Gill hailed from Vishanpura (Brahman ki dhani) village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Son of Shri Shankara Ram Gill and Smt Rajkauri Devi, he was born on 16 July 1961 and was brought up by Shri Sardara Ram and Smt Suraji Devi as their adopted son. After completing his schooling at Bada Gaon in Dausa district, he joined the Indian Army on 06 Dec 1979 at the age of 18 years. He was enrolled into 8 Jat Battalion of the Jat Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its gallant soldiers with a long history of numerous battle exploits.
After serving for sometime, he got married to Ms Santara Devi on 20 Apr 1980. Subsequently the couple was blessed with two sons, Vijay Singh & Kailash Singh and a daughter Dimple. By the year 1999, he had put in close to 20 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Havildar.
Op Vijay (Kargil War) : 08/09 July 1999
During 1999, Hav Sis Ram Gill's unit 8 Jat was deployed in J & K along the LOC. In 1999, the Indian Army detected a massive infiltration by the Pakistani military and paramilitary forces in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir. The army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory. 8 Jat was one of many battalions deployed in the region as part of "Op Vijay" to give a befitting reply to the aggression of Pakistani forces. On 8/9th of July 1999 as part of ongoing operations, 8 Jat battalion was assigned the task of capturing an enemy post at “Majnu”, located at over 17,000 feet. Hav Gill was part of the team that was assigned this operational task.
Hav Gill led the commando team from the front and using special mountaineering equipment scaled the almost unscalable height through very rugged terrain. Since the post was militarily significant for the enemy, it was heavily defended. But Hav Gill and his comrades reached the objective despite facing intense enemy artillery and mortar fire. Hav Gill sustained severe injury in the leg due to effective enemy fire, but he continued to motivate his team and advance towards the objective. Undeterred by the injury, he himself fired sniper and LMG bursts at every opportunity resulting in killing one officer, two JCOs and three other ranks of the enemy.
In spite of being grievously injured, he refused to be evacuated and continued to fight valiantly. He finally succumbed to his injuries at 0300 hours on 9 July 1999. Hav Sis Ram Gill was a valiant and committed soldier, who displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a very high order during the operation and made the supreme sacrifice. Hav Sis Ram Gill was awarded “Vir Chakra” posthumously for displaying commendable courage, camaraderie and supreme sacrifice.
Hav Sis Ram Gill is survived by his wife Smt Santara Devi, sons, Vijay Singh & Kailash Singh and daughter Dimple.
Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-