Service No: IC-13792
Date of Birth : 19 Sep 1940
Birth Place : Delhi
Last Rank: Major
Unit : 3 Dogra
Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Award : MVC
Date of Martyrdom : 4 Dec 1971
The Citation for Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads :
Major A.S. Gahlaut was given the task of establishing a roadblock deep within enemy-held territory in the Laksam Sector on the Eastern Front. He infiltrated his company through enemy lines, established a roadblock and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. Subsequently, a company of his battalion came under heavy enemy pressure and Major Gahlaut volunteered to go to the assistance of the company. In this mission, he led a platoon and successfully pinned down the enemy company by bringing effective small arms fire on them. His position was, however, attacked by the enemy from a different direction. Undeterred by the overwhelming superiority of the enemy, he rallied his men and succeeded in breaking the enemy attack. Having been mortally wounded in hand-to-hand fighting, he died shortly after his heroic battle.
Throughout, Major Gahlaut displayed conspicuous bravery and exemplary leadership.
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