Service No : 2960650

Date of Birth : December 23, 1945

Place of birth : Naugma,, UP

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lance Naik

Unit : 15 Rajput

Arm/Regt : The Rajput Regiment

Awards : MVC

Martyrdom : December 13, 1971

Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh, MVC

Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh Rathore hailed from Naugma village in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Sunder  Singh Rathore, he was born on 23 December 1945 and had two brothers as his siblings. Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh joined the Army after completing his schooling on 23 December 1965 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into the 15 Rajput of the Rajput Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its fearless soldiers and various battle honours. By 1971, he had completed around 6 years of service and had taken part in various field operations. 

 

Battle of Fazilka : 13 Dec 1971

 

During 1971, Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh's unit 15 Rajput got deployed on the western border in Punjab. As war broke out with Pakistan on the 3rd of December, 1971, the Pakistani army entered some 7 kilometers deep into Indian territory through the Sulemanki border, overcoming the resistance put up by our troops in the village of Beriwala, Gurmi Khera and Pakka, near Fazilka town of Punjab. In order to stop the advance of the enemy, Indian Army launched the counter offensive with 15 Rajput along with 4 Jat and 3 Assam battalions. 

 

As part of the operations, 15 Rajput was ordered to capture the Beriwala bridge and the Ghazi post. Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh, commanding his section led the attack on the Ghazi post. The battle for the post was one of the most horrific in the Fazilka sector, as the 15 Rajput was suffering heavy casualties in the fight. The fight turned out to be very challenging with Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh and his comrades resorting to hand to hand combat. As the operation was underway, Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh noticed that 2 enemy MMGs were still raining down a massive amount of fire on 15 Rajput soldiers.
 
Sensing the gravity of the situation, Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh decided that the MMGs had to be silenced at any cost. Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh took two other ranks with him and with utter disregard for his life and safety crawled 200 yards up to the first bunker and silenced the Medium Machine Gun by lobbing a grenade . He then started crawling to the next bunker but, in the process received a burst from the machine gun on his left shoulder. Although bleeding profusely, he crawled to within six feet of the second bunker and was about to lob a grenade when he received a second burst of automatic fire on his chest which proved fatal for him. Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. 
 
Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh was given the nation's 2nd highest gallantry award, "Maha Vir Chakra" for his outstanding courage, determination and supreme sacrifice. Lance Naik Drig Pal Singh is survived by his brothers Shri Muneshwar Singh and Shri Beerpal Singh. 
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3 Comments
  • Abhishek singh

    2021at1:00 am Reply

    आप हमेशा हम सभी के दिलों मे रहेगे दादा जी, वी मिस्स यू

  • Ritik singh Rathaur

    2021at9:05 am Reply

    I proud of you

  • Ritik singh Rathaur

    2021at9:07 am Reply

    I proud of you आप को कोई भी नही भूल सकता आप की जगह हम सब के दिल में है।

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