Service No: JC-208096

Place of Birth: Gurdaspur, PB

Service: Army

Last Rank : Subedar

Last Unit : 8 Sikh

Arm/Regt : The Sikh Regiment

Operation: Op Vijay (Kargil)

Award: Vrc

Date of Martyrdom : Jul 05, 1999

Subedar Nirmal Singh VrC

Subedar Nirmal Singh hailed from Gurdaspur district of Punjab was born to Mr. Sh Dhana Singh and Mrs. Smt Shanthi Devi. He was enrolled in the 8 Sikh Regiment.
 
Kargil war -1999
 
During the Kargil Conflict of 1999, two battalions, 8 Sikh and 14 Sikh were inducted into operations. 8 Sikh were tasked to capture Tiger Hill. By 21st May, the 8 Sikh had isolated Tiger Hill from three directions, east, north and south. In order to inflict casualties the enemy positions on Tiger Hill were subjected to artillery and mortar fire. A fresh battalion, 18 Grenadiers was brought in to capture the peak with 8 Sikh holding the firm base. On the night of July 3rd, 18 Grenadiers captured the eastern slope but further advance was held up due to effective enemy fire from Helmet Top, India Gate features on the western slope.
 
 On 5 July 1999, Subedar Nirmal Singh was leading a small team to established a firm base, by midnight, all the three teams were suitably poised for the capture of India Gate, Helmet and Rocky Knob on an objective in Drass sub sector during ‘Op Vijay’. As the war cries of Bole So Nihal, Sat Siri Akal rent the air, the men got going and all hell broke loose. Intense enemy shelling and direct firing opened up. A “cock fight” ensued during which bunkers were cleared one after another. By 4 am, India Gate and Helmet had been captured. The attacking troops, in the meanwhile, had firmed up defences in an area 700 metres by 500 metres. Construction of protective sangars was immediately taken up. Apprehending a violent retaliation from the enemy, all preparations for repulsing any attack were made.  Subedar Nirmal Singh and his men despite being seriously wounded kept fighting the enemy with extreme bravado and courage and continued fighting till the last man last round. They kept the enemy away till they all succumbed to their fatal injuries. During this Operation, Subedar Nirmal Singh single-handedly took on the enemy face to face, at close quarter motivated the troops around him to mount an assault on the enemy and to repulse the counter attack by making the supreme sacrifice of his life in the highest tradition of the army.
 
 
 Subedar Nirmal Singh Vrc was decorated with ” Vir Chakra” posthumously for displaying Supreme courage and devotion to duty.
 

Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-

 

On 5 July 1999, Subedar Nirrnal Singh was leading a small team to establish a foothold on an objective in Drass sub sector during ‘Op Vijay’. While assaulting, Subedar Nirmal Singh noticed enemy movement. But before enemy could react, he directed fire of own automatic weapons on enemy and inflicted heavy casualties. The enemy was forced to retreat. Subedar Nirmal Singh quickly Approached the objective and captured it. Rest of the company followed up next day and reorganized defences. Subedar Nirmal Singh deployed his platoon on forward slope.

 

At 0600 hrs, enemy opened fire and followed it up with a counter attack on the position held by Subedar Nirmal Singh’s men. Subedar Nirmal Singh and his men despite being seriously wounded kept fighting the enemy with extreme bravado and courage and continued fighting till the last man last round. They kept the enemy away till they all succumbed to their fatal injuries.

 

During this Operation, Subedar Nirrnal Singh single handedly took on the enemy face to face, at close quarter motivated the troops around him to mount an assault on the enemy and to repulse the counter attack by making the supreme sacrifice of his life in the highest tradition of the army.

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