Service No: SS-23766

Date of Birth : May 06, 1949

Place of Birth: Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Service: Army

Last Rank: Second Lieutenant

Unit: 5/5 GR (FF)

Arm/Regt: 5 Gorkha Rifles

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Date of Martyrdom : Nov 28, 1971

2nd Lt Devpal Singh Deval VrC

Second Lieutenant Devpal Singh Deval was born on 6th May 1949 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was the elder son of Thakur Bhawani Danji Deval of Basani Dadhawariyan (Dist. Pali, Rajasthan) and Smt. Prakash Kanwar Ujwal of Ujalan (Dist. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan). After doing his graduation in English literature, he joined the Indian Army as he always aspired to be an officer in the Army. 2nd Lt Deval was commissioned  into 5 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, a regiment known for its gallant soldiers and a rich history of battle honours.

 

2nd Lt Deval had interest in adventure sports and successfully completed the courses in Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Commando course at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh at a young age. As the Indian Army was mobilized to take on the threat of Pakistan on the eastern front, 2nd Lt Deval’s unit was deployed on the then East Pakistani border of India. Though the war with Pakistan actually commenced on 03 Dec 1971, when Pakistani Air Force attacked Air Bases of India, the border skirmishes were going on much before that and 2nd Lt Deval’s unit was involved in one such skirmish on 28 Nov 1971.

 

Border Skirmish : 28 Nov 1971

 

2nd Lt Devpal Singh Deval , got  wounded while fighting with the Pakistan Army On 26 Nov 1971. But on being told by his commanding officer to go to hospital and rest, he refused to go to the hospital and continued to fight the war after first-aid. On 28th Nov  1971, another company ‘A’ of his regiment came under the direct fire of heavy machine gun of the enemy. The company was so positioned on the ground that it was not possible for any soldier of  ‘A’ company to launch an attack on the machine gun post and there was the danger of large number of casualties. 2nd Lt Devpal Deval then volunteered for the difficult task, though he was form the ‘B’ company, to save the doomed soldiers of ‘A’ company.

 

From his secured place 2nd Lt Devpal came out with hand grenades and lobbed them on the enemy’s machine gun post. The Pakistanis changed the direction of machine gun fire on gallant Devpal and ripped his body, but the hand grenades thrown by him had found their mark and silenced the machine gun by killing the soldiers manning the post. This valiant action by 2nd Lt Deval changed the course of the battle  and the lives of the soldiers of ‘A’ Company were saved. 2nd Lt Deval  displayed raw courage and awe-inspiring daredevilry at a tender age of 23 years.

 

2nd Lt Devpal Singh Deval was  given the nation’s third highest gallantry award “Vir Chakra” for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice beyond the call of duty.

The citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

2nd Lt Devpal Singh Deval , got  wounded while fighting with the Pakistan Army On 26 Nov 1971. But on being told by his commanding officer to go to hospital and rest, he refused to go to the hospital and continued to fight the war after first-aid. On 28th Nov  1971, another company ‘A’ of his regiment came under the direct fire of heavy machine gun of the enemy. The company was so positioned on the ground that it was not possible for any soldier of  ‘A’ company to launch an attack on the machine gun post and there was the danger of large number of casualties. 2nd Lt Devpal Deval then volunteered for the difficult task, though he was form the ‘B’ company, to save the doomed soldiers of ‘A’ company.

 

From his secured place 2nd Lt Devpal came out with hand grenades and lobbed them on the enemy’s machine gun post. The Pakistanis changed the direction of machine gun fire on gallant 2nd Lt Devpal and ripped his body, but the hand grenades thrown by him had found their mark and silenced the machine gun by killing the soldiers manning the post.

 

2nd Lt Devpal Singh Deval is awarded “Vir Chakra” for his undaunted courage and an act of supreme sacrifice beyond the call of duty.

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11 Comments
  • Kamal Singh

    2017at5:33 pm Reply

    Well written account of a great martyr.
    He was recommended for Mahaveer Chakra but as on the date of his martyrdom viz. 28 November 1971 India was not officially at war with Pakistan (official date of start of war being 3 December 1971) he could be awarded a Veer Chakra only in a hush hush ceremony after one year of war.

  • Valsan Kunnath

    2017at2:03 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath 2nd Lt Devpal Singh Deval, Vir Chakra
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You gave your today for our tomorrow, Salute You Yong Officer
    Freedom Protected by Martyrs , Freedom Enjoyed by us.
    You will always be Saluted for your Patriotism, Indomitable Courage and Supreme Sacrifice to the Motherland.
    Jai Hind, Vande matharam

    • Kamal Deval ( Brother)

      2018at3:23 am

      Thanks a lot for your patriotic feelings for the brave martyred soldier.

    • Col Probir Sur (Veteran)

      2020at9:33 am

      This daredevil was my course mate and we also did Young Offrs course together. I pay my homage to my bravest of brave friend and request any of his family members to please contact me. Col Probir Sur,(veteran of 71 war from Rajputana Rifles)

  • Raghunath

    2017at8:48 pm Reply

    We Salute ur bravery Sir

    • Kamal Deval ( Brother)

      2018at3:25 am

      Thank you Sir

  • Adarsh Upadhyay

    2018at1:06 am Reply

    The nation won’t ever forget the sacrifice of this valiant officer and many others like him. We salute and respect them from the bottom of our hearts and thank Honourpoint for presenting such stories of bravery which surely will inspire future generations to come. Jai Hind Vande Mataram.

  • Om Singh Charan Motisari

    2018at10:59 am Reply

    Naman..

  • Poonam Coshic

    2019at4:14 pm Reply

    We all owe our peace to brave soldiers like you sir. salutations! jai Hind.

  • Kuldeep singh Jugtawat Parlu Rajasthan

    2019at5:42 pm Reply

    salute and naman we feel very proud of him

  • Akash Sachan

    2020at11:18 am Reply

    Salute!

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