Service No : 2615937M
Birth Place : Krishnagiri,Tamil Nadu
Last Rank: Sepoy
Unit : 19 Madras
Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment
Awards : Sena Medal
Date of Martyrdom: Feb 03, 2016
The 26-year-old N.Ramamoorthy, a sepoy of 19 Madras regiment, was among the 10 people who were buried alive in the snow after the avalanche hit their post on Wednesday 3rd Feb 2016 in Siachen, located at the height of 19000 feet. Hailing from Hosur in Krishnagiri, Ramamoorthy was a first generation army man of his family who joined the service after completing class ten.
He had got married with 22-year-old Sunitha in the year 2013 and the couple has no children.“God has become deaf in my case because my prayers for him to be safe were not answered” grieving Sunitha had told Deccan Chronicle. She had further said, “he spoke to me over phone a few days before the incident and promised to return home on two months leave in April, but destiny had planned something else for him.
He was awarded Sena Medal posthumously for his bravery in August 2016.
2016 Siachen Glacier Avalanche :
He was one of the ten soldiers who got buried under snow after their camp in the northern part of the Siachen glacier was hit by a major avalanche in Feb 2016. The avalanche struck the camp located in the northern Siachen Glacier, at a height of 19,600 feet, in the early hours of 3rd Feb 2016. The post was manned by a Junior Commissioned Officer and nine soldiers. The rescue operations were carried out by specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force which were being coordinated from Leh and Udhampur.
Soldiers face 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 take place due to the accumulation of snow and are triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow is between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability leads to an avalanche. Although the Army has 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 teams of Army and the Air Force undertook massive rescue operations under extreme weather conditions but could not save the life of this brave soldier. The nation will remain grateful to him for his courage and supreme sacrifice.