Service No : 14372787L
Date of Birth : Dec 8 1965
Birth Place : Melkalamardi , Karnataka
Last Rank: Naik
Unit : 255 FD
Regiment : Artillery Regiment
Operation : Op Vijay
Date of Martyrdom : Jul 6 ,1999
Yeswanth Durgappa Kolkar was born on 08th December 1965 in Melkalamardi village of Belagavi district of Karnataka. His parents were Durgappa and Nagavva and he was the third among his nine siblings. He did his schooling from Vidya Mandir High school and after finishing his secnondary education he joined the Indian Army. He was recruited at Nasik center and was inducted into Artillary Regiment on 30 July 1983.
Yeshwanth Durgappa Kolkar rendered his service in different places like Rajasthan , Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir for 14 years. He was married to Savithri in the year 1993 and the couple had two kids Yeshoda and Sandeep
Operation Vijay 1999
During the year 1999 Naik Durgappa was posted at peace location in Uttarakhand , however, with the beginning Kargil war his unit was asked to move to Jammu and Kashmir. His unit was asked to recapture the Tiger hill from Pakistan. On 3rd July 1999 he was part of the team which led a final and fierce attack with artillery support to chase the Pakistani army away from the peak. By 06.30 AM 4th July, the peak was conquered leaving 10 Pakistani soldiers dead. However, five Indian soldiers also sacrificed their lives and Naik Durgappa was one among them.
Yeshwanth Durgappa’s wife recounts her days as she along with the children and his parents used to stay in their native village while he was posted at Haridwar. During early months of 1999 she along with her kids and mother in law had gone to spend some time with Durgappa . However, during the same time Durgappa was sent to ops location along with his company and that was last day his family met him. Before leaving for Kashmir he had assured his family that he would be returning within a month however after his move to the ops location no information came from him for two months. As there was no phone facility hence it was difficult to contact him, however she received a letter from Durgappa mentioning that it would take sometime before he would be able to come back. He also asked her to move to their native place and following her suggestion she was ready to move to her village in Belgavi.
One of Durgappa’s colleague accompanied them to their native village by the train without letting them know that by that time Durgappa was no more and was already killed in the war and his body was also moving towards his native place. It was big blow for the family. The tragedy stricken family did not know how to cope with loss as she was married for barely six years and the children too were very small. Savithri was only 20 years old when she lost her husband.
At present Durgappa’s family is ressiding in a small village Nesargi. Though His wife Savithri is an uneducated lady, after her husbands departure, she decided to provide good education to their kids. She is quite successful in her quest as her daughter Yashoda, is doing her B.E and son Sandeep is pursing his PUC II year science in Hubli and both of them are staying in hostel.
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