Service No : 2640716

Date of Birth : May 12, 1939

Place of birth : Jhajjar Dist(Haryana)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lance Naik

Unit : 4 Grenadiers

Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers

Operation : Op Leg Horn

Awards : Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : October 20, 1962

Lance Naik Sardar Singh VrC

Lance Naik Sardar Singh was born on 12 May 1939 in Jasaur Kheri village of Jhajjar district in Haryana. After completing his initial education he joined the Army in the year 1956 at the age of 17 years. He was recruited into 4 Grenadiers of the Grenadiers, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and rich history of various battle honours.

 

Indo-China War: 20 Oct 1962

 

During October 1962, Lance Naik Sardar Singh's unit 4 Grenadiers was deployed on the Eastern front in NEFA sector. The unit troops were deployed at a forward post near Nam Ka Chu river. After the Chinese incursion at Dhola post in Sep 1962 and subsequent developments, 4 Grenadiers battalion was ordered to withdraw from the forward post in NEFA. As a result a withdrawal plan was put into action and the troops were deployed to facilitate a safe withdrawal of men and material. Lance Naik Sardar Singh, second in command of a section was deployed on the extreme right flank of his company, that was responsible to ensure a safe withdrawal. The Chinese, approximately a company strong, had established themselves on the opposite bank of the Nam Ka Chu river and had cut the withdrawal route by dominating the track leading back to Hathung La Pass.

 

Lance Naik Sardar Singh's platoon was given the task of guarding the right flank of the battalion position so as to prevent enemy interference with the withdrawal. However the Chinese forces in overwhelming numbers were firing at the withdrawing troops to cause maximum casualties. Undeterred, Lance Naik Sardar Singh, displaying great courage kept the enemy engaged and ensured that the section kept on firing at the enemy. He remained in the position till the whole company moved to a safer place and reached a designated point. However during the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Sardar Singh got hit by an enemy bullet. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Lance Naik Sardar Singh displayed gallantry and professional skill of a very high order in carrying out the assigned task without caring for his own safety. Lance Naik Sardar Singh was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.

 

Lance Naik Sardar Singh is survived by his brother Shri Khazan Singh and grandson Shri Romy Tehlan.

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