Service No : SS14035

Date of Birth : October 31, 1924

Place of birth : Ayilam , Kerala

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 3 Para

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Awards : MVC

Martyrdom : January 16, 1948

Major AK Ramaswamy MVC

Major Annavi Krishnaswamy Ramaswamy was born on 31st October 1924 in Ayilam village of Palghat district in Kerala. He was commissioned into 3 Para Maratha Light Infantry Regiment on 15 Dec 1946 at the age of 22 years. 

 

Indo-Pak War (Naushera Sector): 16 Jan 1948

 

The attack by Pakistani raiders on Jammu and Kashmir which commenced in Oct 1947 continued unabated and they captured Jhangar on 24 Dec 1947. The capture of Jhangar gave them the strategic advantage to push for their advance to Naushera and Poonch.  Thus the recapture of Jhangar became very important to thwart the advance of enemy forces to Naushera. In order to to recapture Jhangar, Indian Army planned a two Brigade advance on Naushera-Jhangar road. During this advance two companies of 3 Maratha Light Infantry were tasked to march as a vanguard of 50 Para Brigade. Maj AK Ramaswamy was commanding one of the companies that took on the assigned task.

 

On 16 January 1948, Maj Ramaswamy, whilst in command of a company of a para battalion at Naushera, was ordered to reinforce the forward company which was under enemy fire. He helped relieve the pressure of enemy fire. After the rest of the battalion had safely withdrawn, it was the turn of Maj Ramaswamy’s company to withdraw. The route of withdrawal was covered by heavy enemy fire. While negotiating an exposed part of the ground, one of his soldiers got wounded and was left behind. Maj Ramaswamy, without any regard for his personal safety, ran back to evacuate the wounded soldier.

 

The wounded soldier warned this officer not to come to his aid and expose himself to enemy fire. But undeterred, he went ahead and carried the soldier for about 15 yards under a hail of enemy fire. However while doing so, Maj Ramaswamy got severely wounded by enemy fire. He later succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated and was martyred. Maj Ramaswamy was a gallant soldier and a gritty officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. Maj AK Ramaswamy was given the nation's 2nd highest gallantry award, "Maha Vir Chakra" for his extraordinary courage, leadership and camaraderie.  

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