Service No : 2615937M
Birth Place : Krishnagiri,Tamil Nadu
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit : 19 Madras
Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment
Awards : Sena Medal
Operation : Op Meghdoot
Date of Martyrdom: Feb 03, 2016
Sep N.Ramamoorthy hailed from Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. He was recruited into 19 Madras battalion of the Madras regiment, an infantry regiment with a long history of gallantry and battle honours. In the year 2013 he gor married to Ms Sunitha.
Siachen Glacier Avalanche : 03 Feb 2016
During Feb 2016, Sep N.Ramamoorthy was serving at Siachen Glacier. On 3rd Feb 2016 a major avalanche hit an army camp in the northern part of the Siachen glacier. Sep N.Ramamoorthy and nine other soldiers got trapped under tons of snow, following the avalanche. The army launched a massive rescue operation to extricate the trapped soldiers.The rescue operation was undertaken by specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force which was being coordinated from Leh and Udhampur.
The soldiers faced extreme risks in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights of 21,000 feet under extreme weather conditions on the world’s highest battlefield. Avalanches usually took place due to the accumulation of snow and were triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow was between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability led to an avalanche. Although the Army had a unit of the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Jammu and Kashmir, with several observatories at various locations to issue warnings and alerts to the Army formations and units, it could not detect this avalanche and the cause also could not be known.
The rescue team despite incliment weather finally managed to extricate Sep N.Ramamoorthy but could not save his life. The nation will remain grateful to him for his courage and supreme sacrifice.Sep N.Ramamoorthy was given the gallantr award, “Sena Medal” for his courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.