Service No: IC-6366

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 4 Inf Div Sig Regt

Arm/Regt: Corps of Signals

Award : SM

Date of Martyrdom : 17 Nov 1962

Major Ram Singh SM

Maj Ram Singh was commissioned into the Corps of Signals considered to be the nervous system of the Indian army. With its motto, ” Teevrachaukas” meaning “Swift and Secure”, the Corps provides communication to all units and formations of the Indian army during peace & war. By the year-1962, Maj Ram Singh had substantial experience of working in various operational units and had developed into a professionally competent and respected Signals Officer.


During 1962, Maj Ram Singh was commanding 7 Infantry Brigade Signals Regiment. As the tension with China arose on the Eastern border in the early part of 1962, 7 Infantry Brigade got deployed on the Eastern border under the command of 4  Infantry Division.


Indo-China War: 17 Nov 1962


During Oct 1962, 7 Infantry Brigade commanded by Brig John Dalvi got deployed in Nam Ka Chu valley in the erstwhile NEFA. Maj Ram Singh was commanding the Signals Regiment of the Brigade responsible to provide vital communication links with Div HQs and various battalions under the Brigade. On 17th Nov 1962, 4 Infantry Division HQs located at Dirang Dzong, got isolated with a roadblock created by the Chinese forces 1 km North of Bombdi La on the Bombdi La-Dirang Dzong road bypassing Sela. Consequently, 7 Infantry Brigade was ordered by Div HQs to move back to Dirang Dzong. The radio communication to 7 Infantry Brigade from 4 Div HQs had become non- functional and the message was passed through 48 Infantry Brigade link. Maj Ram Singh as commanding officer of the Brigade Signal Regiment knew the criticality of communication links during the fast-paced operations in the ongoing war.


7 Infantry Brigade suffered heavy casualties during its withdrawal to Dirang Dzong, but Maj Ram Singh continued to man the Brigade Signal Centre against all odds. Maj Ram Singh got severely injured during the continuous onslaught by the Chinese forces but did not leave the place of his duty before he finally succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Ram Singh was a committed soldier and a determined officer who set a fine example of leadership, professional competence, and devotion to duty. Maj Ram Singh was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” for his act of valour, resoluteness and supreme sacrifice.

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  • Pinny Mann

    2019at8:39 am Reply

    Brilliant Galant soldier! Gave his life for India. We your children miss you each day and hold our head so proudly . The sacrifice you made will always be remembered.

    • Manjit

      2019at5:04 pm

      Mam we got Sir name inscribed in Tawang war memorial for his supreme sacrifice.
      Maj Gill(signals)

  • Parminder Sidhu

    2019at9:49 pm Reply

    I, his youngest child, don’t really remember him as a father, as I was all of 2 years old, but I do know that fate keeps connecting me to him. I got married to a Para officer, who lived in the same room as my parents had lived while posted to Agra.
    My mother, while she lived, always assumed our father would return home some day as his body was not found…he was “missing” presumed killed in action. The irony of life is that my mother passed away in an accident in 1996 and the same year, soon after her death, I met the officer who had buried my father and the pilot of the helicopter that was shot down by the Chinese. He buried them so that the Chinese couldn’t get their bodies. He gave me full details of what happened on that dreadful day of 20th October 1962. Alas, my mother was not there to hear this truth.
    My Para trooper husband, very kindly, organised a commemoration ceremony for my “Brave heart” father after 50 years of the war. This was attended by my Sister, my brother and all the grand kids of Late Maj Ram Singh. We are proud to have his valiant blood running through our bodies.
    Jai Hind.

    • Rajiv Ahluwalia L/52 (D/52)

      2021at1:06 am

      Proud of your Dad’s valour and a strong willed Mom …. My homage to them both …May they be in peace …

    • VN Prasad,

      2021at9:47 am

      Dear Madam,
      Read about Maj Ram Singh SM your father. My father in law ( then Maj AS Panicker) had served along side your father in 7 Bde. He was the Brigade Supply and Transport Officer. I am a paratrooper. I am sure I would know your husband. Your brother Manpreet is my coursemate.
      Warm regards
      Maj Gen VN Prasad (Retd)

    • Lt Gen RK Anand

      2021at12:07 pm

      My heartfelt compliments to the entire family. Each member of your family has played their part in the sacrifice for the Nation. May God bless your father and mother’s soul with eternal peace. May God bless all members of your family. Indebted to all of you.
      Lt Gen RK Anand, Corps of Signals

  • Colonel Sudeep Sidhu

    2019at8:19 am Reply

    Respected Pinni, Sunny & Chooti,

    It gives a very rare feeling of love for you all. Yesterday asked Sunny about Dad ie. Major Late Ram Singh, S.M.

    GOD be with you in your endeavour to learn more oh him. Mum too sacrificed as much as Dad did. Her accident was sad. Orelse we’d keep meeting her at Patiala. The memoers of her house remain. Learnt of Jai Singh wala too. Regards to all. Take care. We love you all

  • Gp Capt Paramjit Singh Ahluwalia

    2019at8:23 am Reply

    We should not leave no stone unturned – to find out all details of his bravery. We only heard from his son – Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal that his mother was also equally a brave heart, especially, for the sacrifices she made to groom up her children so well but with a hope that her husband will come back one day.
    I pray to Almighty that Maj Ram Singh Ji Dhaliwal’s bravery be accorded the right commendation by the present government atleast.

    • Sanjiv T Lall

      2021at8:55 pm

      Valour, duty patriotism and above all resoluteness, determination and dedication to a cause, till death do us apart shines through and through…. A moving and inspirational tribute to Major Ram Singh. Bless you Manpreet and Choti.

  • Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal (Sunny)

    2019at10:54 am Reply

    We proudly remember our father on his 57th martyrdom day today. Jai hind

  • Pradip Chetri

    2021at3:11 am Reply


  • Lt Col JS Brar

    2021at5:33 pm Reply

    We lost a dedicated brave heart Major Ram Singh during the 1962 ops in NEFA. Pray the noble soul RIP.

  • Harpreet Sabharwal

    2021at5:33 pm Reply

    Dear Pinni Bua, Chhoti Bua and Sunny Chacha, after reading the whole incident today, I feel this was a supreme sacrifice for the country , one that can never be measured or understood in words! Long live his legacy !!!


  • Sanjiv K Singh

    2021at11:01 pm Reply

    A great soldiers who I never had the honour to meet. I was brought up by his wife who was our matron in Sanawar and as a little boy, for 3 years she was my mother for 8 months in the year.
    Like with my real mother I remember the cracking slaps & the loving hugs she gave me & the others too.
    Her son Manpreet & I joined Sanawar on the same day and our friendship is now over 58 years old.
    India needs more men & women like this selfless couple who sacrificed their everything for us.
    May God bless them in heaven.
    Sanjiv K Singh
    Old Sanawarian
    1963 to 1973.

  • Cdr Bhupesh Rakhra

    2021at10:23 am Reply

    Too many great stories of valour are hidden in the archives. These should be in the books of our children and grandchildren.
    Memories will be wiped out if such incidents are not highlighted to our coming generations.
    MS shat shat Naman to your Dad.

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