Service No : IC-8590
Date of Birth :May 06, 1935
Last Rank : Major
Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery
Operation : Op Riddle
Award : VrC
Date of Martyrdom : Oct 20, 1974
On 01 Sep 1965, when Pakistani forces launched a massive attack on the Chhamb Sector, Maj. (then Capt.) Krishnan, flew over the area to locate the enemy artillery guns. Disregarding heavy enemy fire, he engaged the enemy artillery guns and silenced them.
For his gallant and selfless actions and his leadership (as the Officer Commanding, of the Air Operations Flight in J&K Area), Maj. (then Capt.) Krishnan was awarded the Vir Chakra on 15 August 1966 (effective 01 September 1965).
Maj. Krishnan was killed in an air crash during a sortie in Jammu, on 20 October 1974, due to an engine flame-out. Even while he knew that his chopper was going to crash, aware of his imminent death, he ensured that it crashed near a rivulet, away from the populated area.
Maj. Krishnan, at that time, was the Indian Army’s only Master Green Instructor. He was also the first Vir Chakra awardee, from the State of Kerala (He was from Palakkad).
The government of Kerala has put up a plaque in the Palakkad Olavakod railway station, honouring him
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