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Service No : IC-47623

Place of Birth: Kangra dist,(HP)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 9 PARA (SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation: Op Rakshak

Award : AC, SM and Bar

Date of Martyrdom : Aug 29, 1999

Major Sudhir Kumar Walia AC, SM Bar

The army called him “RAMBO”, the man who never got lost. Maj Sudhir Kumar Walia was born in a family from the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Maj Sudhir always wanted to join Army and doggedly pursued his dream right from his childhood days. He studied from Sainik School Sujanpur Tira(HP) located near Hamirpur and then cleared NDA in his first attempt.


Major Sudhir Walia graduated from  Indian Military Academy (IMA) in 1988 as an officer and joined the 4 Jat Regiment. He was a member of the 70,000 soldiers who were sent to Sri Lanka on a peace mission. After he returned from Sri Lanka, he was moved to the 9 Parachute Commando regiment which is a special force of the Indian Army that specializes in mountain operations. Major Sudhir Walia and his unit, 9 Para Special Forces, were known mainly for their daredevil covert operations. In Kashmir, the Special Forces operators of Indian Army roamed in militant disguise and started hunting terrorists by locating their hideouts. This strategy facilitated execution of many militants, their leader and even eliminated several outfits. Major Sudhir was posted twice in Siachen area and also served as ADC to the former Army Chief General Ved Prakash Malik.


On 1997 he was sent to the United States for a specialized course where he got the first position during the course. He also spoke at the Pentagon during this mission.’Colonel’ was the nickname given to him by his peers who had come from 80 other countries. He was later deputed as aide-de-camp to the Chief Of Army Staff and was twice decorated with gallantry awards for combating militancy in (J&K).  While he was excelling in his career “The Kargil War” commenced and Major Walia wrote an application to General Malik stating that he wanted to go to Kargil to be with his unit in the time of need. General Malik agreed and sent his most fearless and valiant soldier to Kargil.


The Kupwara Encounter: Aug 1999


On 29th August, Major Sudhir Kumar Walia with a squad of five commandos was on a “Search and Destroy” mission in the dense jungle of “Hafruda Forest” in Kupwara district, J&K. The squad suddenly chanced upon a well-camouflaged hideout having twenty terrorists.


He killed 4 of a total of 20 militants and sustained gunshot wounds in the process. Though he was unable to move, he continued to give orders to his team till they succeeded. He allowed himself to be evacuated only 35 minutes after the operation ended. He was airlifted to the army base hospital but he succumbed to the injuries en route.


Major Sudhir Walia was awarded Sena Medal twice for his exceptional service to the nation and then the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” posthumously. He is survived by his father an Army veteran Subedar Major Rulia Ram Walia and Smt Rajeswari Devi.

Sena Medal 


For his bravery and exceptional service to the nation during his service career, Major Sudhir Kumar Walia was awarded Sena Medal two times,a rare honour for a soldier.


Citation for Ashok Chakra

On 29 August 1999, Major Sudhir Kumar Walia, 9 PARA with a squad of five commandos chanced upon a well-camouflaged hideout with 20 dreaded terrorists. Maj Sudhir Kumar surged ahead of his squad and taking advantage of the element of surprise, neutralised and singlehandedly killed four militants.


During the encounter Major Sudhir Walia was seriously injured, however the brave officer refused to be evacuated and kept directing his men with his radio set and ultimately ensured that all the terrorists were eliminated. Major Walia was subsequently evacuated and later succumbed to his injuries.


For exemplary leadership, unparalleled courage beyond the call of duty, conspicuous gallantry under fire and making the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army, Major S K Walia, Bar to SM posthumously was awarded India’s highest Gallantry Award in peace time, the “Ashok Chakra”.

  • Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh laid the foundation stone of a Primary Health Center at Banuri in the memory of Major Sudhir walia ,in Jan 2007.
  • Maj Sudhir Walia’s bust has been put up at Sainik School in Sujanpur , his Alma mater by the school authorities to honour its alumnus.

‘I won’t die in an accident or die of any disease,’ he would often tell his mother, ‘I will go down in glory.’ — Major Sudhir Kumar Walia, AC, SM Bar (Posthumous) .

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16 Tributes
  • Rakesh Rudani - Mumbai Suburban,Maharashtra

    2017 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Sir you are great
    We salute you sir
    Jai hind Sir

  • Zubaida Khan - Gurgaon,Haryana

    2017 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Major Sudhir walia was a great soldier who did the nation proud by getting three awards He will always be remembered with respect and Honour Salute to the great martyr.

  • Abhay Chankrola

    2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

    the article writes that Major attended Army School but he is a prestigious alumni of my school – Sainik School Sujanpur Tihra

    • Honourpoint

      2017 at 10:31 am

      The necessary amendment has been done. Thank you

  • Valsan Kunnath - Thrissur,Kerala

    2017 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Major Sudhir Kumar Walia AC, SM Bar
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You gave your today for our tomorrow.
    Some goals are so worthy,It’s glorious even to fail.
    You will always be Saluted for your Conspicuous Bravery, Indomitable Courage and Supreme Sacrifice.
    Jai Hind – Vande matharam

  • Aayush Kumar - Kullu,Himachal Pradesh

    2018 at 9:50 am Reply

    an officer like Major Sudhir Kumar Walia is born once in a generation.

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