Service No : JC-30625

Date of Birth : March 30, 1928

Place of birth : Leh (Ladakh)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Subedar

Unit : 14 J&K Militia

Arm/Regt : Ladakh Scouts

Operation : Op Indo- China war

Awards : MVC

Martyrdom : October 19, 1962

Sub Sonam Stobdan MVC

Subedar Stobdan Sonam hailed from Ladakh and was born on 30th March 1928. Son of Shri Tashi Wangail and Smt Chhering Palzom, he joined the army after completing his school education. He was recruited into the Ladakhi battalion of 14 J&K Militia. In the year 1948, the "Nubra Guards" were raised from local Ladakhi warriors to patrol India's mountainous border in the Ladakh region. In 1952, the Nubra Guards were merged as the 7th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Militia (which itself later became the J & K Light Infantry. 


The 14th Battalion of the militia was raised from Ladakh in 1959. On 1 June 1963, following the Indo-China war of 1962 the Ladakh Scouts was formed by spinning off the 7th and 14th Battalions of the J&K Militia. By the year 1962, Sub Stobdan Sonam had put in substantial years of service and developed into a motivated and dependable Junior Commissioned Officer. His unit 14 J&K Militia was deployed in Ladakh along the China border during 1962. 


Indo-China War : 19 Oct 1962


During 1962, Sub Stobdan Sonam's unit was deployed in Ladakh along the Indo-China border. On 19 Oct 1962, Sub Stobdan Sonam was at the Chandini post commanding a team of 29 soldiers. On the night of 19 October 1962, about 500 Chinese soldiers attacked the post using automatic weapons and mortars. Though Sub Stobdan Sonam and his men over numerically outnumbered, they rose to the occasion and put up a gallant fight. Sub Stobdan Sonam through his inspiring leadership motivated his team and led them from the front.


Though their weapons did not match up to the Chinese weapons, Sub Stobdan Sonam's gallantry was enough to unnerve the Chinese forces. He and his team fought back the Chinese and inflicted heavy casualties to the enemy. Though they were highly outnumbered by their enemy, it did not deter them in putting up a brave fight and causing substantial damage to their men and material.  Though they could not withstand the continuous onslaught for a long time, but fought till their last breath. During the heavy exchange of fire, Sub Stobdan Sonam got seriously wounded along with many of his men. He eventually succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sub Stobdan Sonam was a valiant solider and gritty Junior Commissioned Officer who laid down his life in the line of his duty. 


Sub Stobdan Sonam was given the nation's second highest gallantry award "Maha Vir Chakra" for his outstanding bravery, leadership, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice. 

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  • Kunzang namgyal

    2021at3:35 pm Reply

    I salute my grandfather for his bravery.I am proud to be his grand son …

  • Stanzin Norkit

    2021at3:38 pm Reply

    I salute my grandfather for his bravery.I am proud to be his grand daughter.

  • Shankar Nemlekar

    2022at10:06 pm Reply

    Shankar Nemlekar,

    त्रिवार वंदन,

  • Harish

    2022at7:06 am Reply

    We really proud of you Sub stobdan Sonam sahab you will be remembered till this earth survive. Jai hind

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