Service No : 4558588Y
Date of Birth : April 3, 1966
Place of birth : Latur Dist(Mah)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Sepoy
Unit : 3 Mahar
Arm/Regt : The Mahar Regiment
Operation : Op Meghdoot
Martyrdom : May 8, 1988
Sepoy Galphade Laxman Namdev hailed from Tandolja village in Latur district of Maharashtra and was born on 03 Apr 1966. Son of Shri Namdev Vittal Galphade and Smt Rukmani Namdev Galphade, Sep Laxman had a brother Kalyan as his sibling. Like many youngsters in Maharashtra, Sep Laxman too had inclination to serve in the Armed Forces since his younger days. He eventually joined the army on 07 Dec 1986 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into the 3 Mahar Battalion of the Mahar Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours.
Operation Meghdoot: 08 May 1988
During May 1988, Sep Galphade Laxman's unit 3 Mahar was deployed at the Siachen area. On the glacier, the soldiers contested an area where they had to deal with altitude sickness, high winds, frostbite and temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit). The rigorously trained soldiers needed to highly skilled in survival and sustenance. The unit was deployed at the Saltoro ridge along the AGPL (Actual Ground Position Line) South-West of the Siachen Glacier. Besides the enemy fire, Sep Galphade Laxman and his comrades had to brave the most unforgiving weather accompanied frequently by sudden avalanches and landslides. One such avalanche struck Siachen 08 May 1988.
On 8th May 1988, Sep Galphade Laxman was on patrol duty traversing through harsh icy terrain in the unit's AOR(Area of Responsibility). With sub-zero temperatures and unpredictable snow blizzards/avalanches the patrolling of the area was very challenging and risky. While undertaking the patrol Sep Galphade Laxman was struck by an avalanche and got trapped and buried under snow. A massive rescue operation was launched but Sep Galphade Laxman could not survive and was martyred. Sep Galphade Laxman was a gallant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life at the age of 22 years in the line of his duty.
Sep Galphade Laxman Namdev is survived by his father Shri Namdev Vittal Galphade, mother Smt Rukmani Namdev Galphade and brother Shri Kalyan Namdev Galphade.