Service No : IC-11137

Date of Birth : Dec 14, 1937

Birth Place : Gurdaspur, Punjab.

Service: Army

Last Rank:Lieutenant

Unit: 4 Raj Rif

Regiment : The Rajputana Rifles

Operation: UN Mission

Awards: Maha Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 29, 1962

Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan MVC

Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan was born on 14th December 1937 in Gurdaspur in Punjab. Son of Sri Rup Trehan, Lt Trehan was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles regiment at the age of 21 years, on 14 December 1958.

 

UN Operation: 29 Dec 1962

 

Lieutenant Ved Prakash was on deputation to UN peace-keeping during 1962. He was part of the Indian contingent deployed in Congo in Africa. The Indian contingent was part of the UN force tasked to function as per the UN mandate in the trouble-torn Congo. The armed rebels posed a serious threat to UN forces and the civilian population as well.

 

On 29 December 1962, Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan was in command of a special patrol prior to an attack by the fourth battalion of Rajputana Rifles on an enemy position at a road junction in Congo. Lieutenant Trehan pushed forward with his patrol through dense jungle and reached about 100 yards from the enemy trenches where he came under intense machine gun and rifle fire. He then tried to manoeuvre to the right flank, but the patrol came under heavy enemy fire from that direction too.

 

Lieutenant Trehan realized that the troops had been surrounded and decided to launch an all out daring attack on the enemy positions. In an act of great courage and determination, Lieutenant Trehan managed to silence the enemy positions. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, Lieutenant Trehan got seriously wounded and later succumbed to his injuries. The supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan were in the best traditions of the army, for which he was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award “Maha Vir Chakra”.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

On 29 December 1962, Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan was in command of a special patrol prior to an attack by the fourth battalion of Rajputana Rifles on an enemy position at a road junction in Congo. Lieutenant Trehan pushed forward with his patrol through dense jungle and reached about 100 yards from the enemy trenches where he came under intense machine gun and rifle fire. Trying to maneuver to the right flank, the patrol came under heavy enemy fire from that direction also. Realizing that the patrol was being surrounded, he charged the enemy positions with great determination and silenced them. He thus extricated his patrol and fulfilled the task assigned to him, but was mortally wounded and killed in action. The supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan were in the best traditions of the army.

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9 Comments
  • Valsan Kunnath

    2017at3:05 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan, Maha vir Chakra
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    Undefeated Soldier of Courage, Salute You.
    Indian Flag will always Fly High.
    JAI HIND…VANDE MATHARAM

    • Megha Trehan Arora (niece)

      2019at9:41 pm
  • Rajpandyan

    2017at1:16 am Reply

    Daring warrior.A big salute for his supreme sacrifice

    • Megha Trehan Arora

      2019at9:43 pm
  • Shruthi Rana

    2018at12:39 pm Reply

    Your supreme sacrifice will always inspire the future generations of India.

    • Megha Trehan Arora (niece)

      2019at9:44 pm
  • Lt Gen Kulbir Suri

    2019at9:59 pm Reply

    Fondly remembered by your course-mates during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

    • Megha Trehan Arora (niece)

      2019at9:42 pm
  • Chhavi Jerath

    2021at9:42 pm Reply

    A bit salute to my Mamaji.We remember your sacrifice with pride.
    Jai hind!!

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