Service No: IC-59066N

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1978

Birth Place : Rohtak, Haryana

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 1 Para (Special Forces)

Regiment: The Parachute Regiment

Award : Ashoka Chakra, Sena Medal

Date of Martyrdom : Mar 21, 2009

Major Mohit Sharma AC SM

Major Mohit Sharma was born on 13th January 1978 in Rohtak district of  Haryana. He was the second child of his parents Mr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma and Mrs. Sushila Sharma. Major Mohit Sharma was fondly called  ‘CHINTU’ by his family members and ‘MIKE’ by his course mates and colleagues. He was very good at playing guitar, mouth organ and synthesizer, in fact any new instrument he came across, he took it as a challenge to get mastery of and made sure he could play it to perfection. He never hesitated to give live performances and enthralled his listeners with his beautiful voice, singing Hemant Kumar’s songs as well as playing them on his mouth organ.
 

Maj Mohit  started his education from Manav Sthali School, South Extension Delhi,  after which he took admission in Holy Angels’ School, Sahibabad for a year and from where he took admission  in DPS Ghaziabad in the year 1988 and passed out from the school in the year 1995. He got  good percentage in class XII and his parents got him admitted to Shri  Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering , Shegaon, Maharashtra. Despite taking admission in an engineering college he had a passion to join the forces and for which he was determined and left engineering to join the prestigious NDA in the year 1995.

 

During his NDA tenure, where he was a member of the India Squadron ,he excelled in various fields and emerged as one of the best cadets. He was a champion Horse Rider, trained under the able guidance of Col. Bhawani Singh ,with his favorite horse named “Indira”. He was a Boxing champion in the feather weight category as well as one of the best swimmers. He continued his hunger for excellence into the IMA , where he was awarded with an appointment of the rank of BCA (battalion cadet adjutant) and was among the chosen ones to get an opportunity to meet Shri K.R NArayanan then the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

 

He passed out from IMA on 11th December 1999 and got commissioned in 5 Madras . His first posting was at Hyderabad from where he went on to serve the country with 38 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) in Kashmir as the part of counter insurgency operation where he received his first medal for Gallantry COASM ( Chief of Army Staff Commendation Medal) in year 2002. From the very beginning he wanted to be a para commando and joined 1 PARA (SF) -the elite force of the Indian Army in June 2003. After that he served in Kashmir with 1 Para (SF) where he was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry)  in year 2004. He also served as an instructor at the Commando Wing Belgaum for 2 years from January 2005 to December 2006.

 

Kupawara Operation : 21st March 2009

 

Major Mohit Sharma, SM was leading Bravo Assault Team in operations in Kupwara District of North Kashmir on  21 March 2009, after receiving information about the presence of some infiltrating terrorists in dense Haphruda Forest. On observing suspicious movement, he alerted his scouts but terrorists fired from three directions indiscriminately.  In the heavy exchange of fire, four commandos were wounded immediately. With complete disregard to his safety, he crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety.

 

Unmindful of the overwhelming fire, Major Mohit Sharma threw grenades and killed two terrorists but was shot in the chest. In the brief respite that followed, he kept directing his commandos, in spite of serious injuries. Sensing further danger to his comrades, he charged in a daring close quarter combat killing two more terrorists and attained martyrdom fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army. For this act of conspicuous gallantry, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice, Maj Mohit Sharma was given the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award ‘Ashok Chakra’ on 15 Aug 09.

 

Major Mohit Sharma is survived by his wife Major Rishima Sharma, who is an Army officer and continuing his legacy of service to the nation.

The citation for the Ashoka Chakra, awarded to him reads:

 

Major Mohit Sharma, SM was leading Bravo Assault Team in operations in Kupwara District of North Kashmir. A valiant warrior, he excelled in the art of fighting guerrillas in jungle terrain having earlier spent four years in Jammu & Kashmir. On 21 March 2009, after receiving information of presence of some infiltrating terrorists in dense Haphruda Forest, he planned meticulously and led his commandos in tracking them. On observing suspicious movement, he alerted his scouts but terrorists fired from three directions indiscriminately.  In the heavy exchange of fire, four commandos were wounded immediately. With complete disregard to his safety, he crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety. Unmindful of the overwhelming fire, he threw grenades and killed two terrorists but was shot in the chest. In the brief respite that followed, he kept directing his commandos, inspite of serious injuries. Sensing further danger to his comrades, he charged in a daring close quarter combat killing two more terrorists and attained martyrdom fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army.

For this act of conspicuous gallantry, inspiring leadership and exceptional courage far beyond call of duty, Major Mohit Sharma, SM was awarded ‘Ashok Chakra’ (Posthumous) on 15 Aug 09.

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11 Tributes
  • Ketan kumar surabhai dhandhal - Surat,Gujarat

    2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Jay hind sir,,,sir aap ham jese lakho yuvano ke liye guru saman ho,,mohit sir pura hindustan apko dil se yad karta he,,, aur apke iss balidan se aane vale samay me kahi yuvan inspire hote rahenge,,

    • Ketan kumar surabhai dhandhal - Surat,Gujarat

      2017 at 11:32 pm

      Jay hind sir

  • Ketan kumar surabhai dhandhal - Surat,Gujarat

    2017 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Jay hind sir

  • Prakash Patil - Idukki,Kerala

    2017 at 11:46 am Reply

    India is fortunate to have a son like you. Your story is truly inspirational. My salute to you and your family.
    Jai hind..

  • Ravendra Singh - Kanpur Nagar,Uttar Pradesh

    2017 at 8:35 pm Reply

    अमर शहीद मेजर मोहित शर्मा को शत शत नमन l
    जय हिंद

  • Vikram singh rawat - Udham Singh Nagar,Uttarakhand

    2018 at 2:46 pm Reply

    We never forget Major Mohit Sharma Sir supreme sacrifice for our mother land. He was the real Hero of Our country. Salute you Sir from bottom of my heart.

  • Rahul Singh - Baksa,Assam

    2018 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Your story is truly inspirational. My salute to you and your family. Jai Hind..!

  • SILPA PUGALIA - Hooghly,West Bengal

    2018 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Sir though u are not present physically amongst us , but ur stories and ur deeds will always b immortal in our hearts .THANKS 4 UR SERVICE N INSPIRATION . Jai hind Sir.

  • Aayush Kumar - Kullu,Himachal Pradesh

    2018 at 1:15 pm Reply

    great officer,i remember a quote of his : “It’s better to die for something rather to live for nothing”,a grand salute!!!

  • Priya Aradhye - Ahmednagar,Maharashtra

    2018 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Major Mohit Sharma is a True Inspiration for all of us. Mohit Sir U r the True Legand of India , Mohit Sir is ” Bravest of Brave Soldier, Best Leader, Great Human Beings , Best Life Partner, Best Son, Best Brother ” For Me Mohit Sir is a God for Me ” Mohit I never seen god and not believe in god but whenever I close my eyes and think about god I saw you , Mohit sir u never go anywhere u always remaining in our hearts and being an inspiration for all of us always Salute to U and ur Bravery. Miss you My Idol. Jai Hind

  • Sabita paintal - Ambala,Haryana

    2018 at 11:33 am Reply

    My dear son, You are brave soldier of India and will remain in my heart for ever. Sabita.

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