Service No: IC-9725
Date of Birth : Aug 9, 1925
Place of Birth : Jullundur, Punjab
Last Rank : Major
Last Unit : 6 Dogra
Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment
Operation: Op Riddle
Award: Vir Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Sep 21, 1965
Major Darshan Singh Lalli was born on 9th August 1925 in Jalandhar, Punjab. He was the son of Shri Khem Sing. Major Darshan Singh Lalli was Commissioned into 6 Dogra Regiment on 15th May 1950.
Attack on Haji Pir Pass: 1965
On 20th/21st September 1965 Major Darshan Singh Lalli was assigned the task of capturing a feature which was defended by more than two enemy platoons. In spite of heavy enemy shelling and casualties in his company, Major Lalli leading a gallant charge captured the objective. He then reorganized his position to beat back enemy counter-attack which was launched by them with nearly 250 personnel supported by heavy artillery and MMGs. Major Lalli repulsed the attack with only 60 personnel using his great leadership quality and going from bunker to bunker to encourage his men. However, when he was reorganizing his defenses after the counter-attack, he was killed by a burst of enemy MMG fire.
Major Darshan Singh Lalli showed high gallantry in the face of the enemy beyond the call of duty with utter disregard for his personal safety and made the Supreme Sacrifice. Major Darshan Singh Lalli was awarded Vir Chakra posthumously.
Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:-
During an attack on Haji Pir pass on the night of 20th/21st September, 1965. Major Darshan Singh Lalli was assigned the task of capturing a feature, which was defeated by more than two enemy platoons. Despite heavy enemy shelling and casualties in his company Major Lalli led a gallant charge and captured the objective and thereafter reorganised his position to beat back enemy counter-attack was launched by the enemy with nearly 250 personnel, supported by heavy artillery and MMGs, but Major Lalli repulsed the attack with only 60 personnel, he himself going from bunker to bunker to encourage his men. when he was reorganising his defences after the counter-attack, he was killed by a burst of enemy MMG fire.
In this action, Major Darshan Singh Lalli displayed gallantry, resourcefulness and leadership of a high order.
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