Service No : 3172590X

Date of Birth : July 16, 1961

Place of birth : Jhunjhunu (Raj)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Havaldar

Unit : 8 Jat

Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil ), Op Vijay

Awards : VrC

Martyrdom : July 9, 1999

Hav Sis Ram Gill VrC

Hav Sis Ram Gill hailed from Vishanpura (Brahman ki dhani) village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Son of Shri Shankara and Smt Rajkauri, he was born on 16 July 1961 and was brought up by Shri Shardara Ram and Smt Soraji Devi as their adopted son. He joined the Indian Army after completing his schooling at the age of 19 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. 

 

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, sons, Vijay Singh & Kailash Singh and daughter Dimpal.

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