Service No : IC-7750

Date of Birth : Mar 20,1935

Birth Place : Haryana

Service: Army

Last Rank: Lt Gen

UNIT: 3 Grenadiers

Regiment : The Grenadiers

Operation: Cactus Lily

Awards: Maha Vir Chakra

Date of Demise: Dec 28, 2007

Lt Gen Ved Prakash Airy MVC

Lieutenant Colonel Ved Prakash Airy was born on March 20th 1935. He was son of Mr Ganga Bishen Airy, a resident of Karnal district in Haryana. He joined NDA after his  education in  Govt. High School and  Dyal Singh College, Karnal. On 03rd June 1956 he was commissioned into 3 Grenadiers.

 
Indo Pak war 1971 :

 

During the 1971 war with Pakistan Lieutenant Colonel VP Airy was posted at the western front and was commanding a battalion of the Grenadiers.  His battalion , located  in the Bhairo Nath and Basantar River in the Shakargarh Sector of the Western Front, was there to thwart any attempt of Pakistani army’s aggression and to capture the enemy area.  The battle of Basantar which lasted from December 4–16, 1971 was one of the vital battles fought as part of the Indo Pakistan war of 1971  in the western sector of India. The Indian troops won a hard fought battle that secured this area in the Punjab/Jammu sector. During the battle Lt Col VP Airy led his men from the front and seeing his cool and calm demeanour  and raw courage, the entire battalion was inspired and charged  to take on the enemy with their full might. The battalion under his able leadership not only captured the enemy positions after a fierce fight but held on to them despite massive counter-attacks by the enemy. With utter disregard for his personal safety, under heavy enemy shelling and small arms fire, he went from trench to trench motivating his men. Due to his personal example and bold leadership his battalion remained steadfast and resolute. Throughout the action, Lieutenant Colonel Ved Prakash Airy displayed conspicuous gallantry, determination and inspiring leadership in keeping with the best traditions of the Army for which he was awarded with Maha Vir Chakra which is India’s second highest military decoration.

 

Later, he rose to the rank of  Lieutenant General before  retiring from the active service of army. He died his natural death on 28th December 2007.

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

Lieutenant Colonel V.P. Airy was commanding battalion of the Grenadiers in the battles of Bhairo Nath and Basantar River in the Shakargarh Sector of the Western Front. He led his battalion with cool courage and was always in the forefront, encouraging and inspiring his men, in the battle of the Basantar river, the battalion under his able leadership not only captured the enemy positions after a fierce fight but held on to them despite massive counter-attacks by the enemy. With utter disregard for his personal safety, under heavy enemy shelling and small arms fire, he went from trench to trench motivating his men. Due to his personal example and bold leadership his battalion remained steadfast and resolute.

Throughout the action, Lieutenant Colonel Ved Prakash Airy displayed conspicuous gallantry, determination and inspiring leadership in keeping with the best traditions of the Army.

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7 Comments
  • Amitabh Thakur

    2017at12:13 am Reply

    Lt.Gen. Airy was a person I adored right from the time a child starts recognizing people and faces. His parental home was just a few homes away from where I spent my childhood. He was a good friend of my late father and my Hero to be honest. An outstanding gentleman and down to earth person as I recall. Last I met him when he was in New Delhi, 1992.

  • Sudha Rani

    2017at5:52 pm Reply

    I salute your heroism and sacrifice. We shall forever remain indebted to you for your service to the nation. Jai Hind

  • Varun dahiya

    2017at7:27 pm Reply

    Saheedo ki chitaaon par lagege har varsh mele…vataan p mitne vaalon ka yahi nammonishaan hoga..

  • Arunesh

    2018at3:43 pm Reply

    Sir, I have few memories to describe here about your patriotic stories told by unit personnel and your son Maj Gen NK Airy…. because I have served as PA to Maj Gen NK Airy . His social behave and a positive thinking for his subordinates/men is under describable …….Arunesh

  • Debaditya Lahiry

    2019at4:08 pm Reply

    Lieutenant colonel Ved prakash Airy sir was a great officer under whose leadership Indian Army won the Historic Battle of BASANTAR.
    But one thing which was rare in the army is inspite of giving the Pakistan Army a humiliating defeat, he personally wrote a letter to Pakistan Army to commend the Bravery of lieutenant colonel Akram Raja of 35 Frontier-Force Pakistan Army for his bravery who dared a counter attack on him and his battalion when the whole country officially lost the battle
    Because of his letter Lieutenant colonel Akram Raja got Hilale-Jurrat second Gallantry award of Pakistan Army (which was equal to Veer-Chakra) of India

    Only this is rare cases in army where a soldiergot his gallantry award because of commendation by his Enemy Officer

    Hatts of to you Sir

  • Naresh Sodhi

    2020at11:36 pm Reply

    NICE
    I AM SEARCHING FOR MY ARTICLE , GREAT INDIAN WARRIOR ANY REGIMENT

    NARESH SODHI

  • JAgdish Soni

    2022at5:30 pm Reply

    Its great high tradition of Armed forces to honor enemy Soldiers who fight bravery for their Nation . Salute to General Ved Prakash Sir for showing such great high Tradition of Indian Army

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