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What is Happening

A meeting of the War Decorated Trust was held on Thursday at Chandigarh. The following Trustees were present:

  • Brig Sant Singh, MVC** (in the Chair)
  • Brig NS Sandhu, MVC
  • Brig KS Chandpuri, MVC, VSM
  • Capt Reet MP Singh, VrC

Discussion centered around passing the audited accounts for the year 2012-2013 and the Scholarship Scheme of the Trust.

 

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Awards

Awardee Name: Service: Medal:
Operation:
Name: Lt (X) Joginder Krishan Suri
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 09 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 78 Pres/72,17-6-72
Citation:
Lieutenant Commander Joginder Krishan Suri was second in Command of INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea after a Pakistani submarine attack. On 9 December, 1971, when his ship was hit by enemy torpedoes, Lieutenant Commander Suri realizing the danger to his men, rushed
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Name: Cdr Joseph Pius Alfred Noronha (retd)
Award: Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 08 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Citation:
Lieutenant Commander J.EA. Noronha was in command of INS Panvel which attacked Mongla and Khulna areas during the period 8 to 11 December 1971. The ship was subjected to incessant air attacks and the enemy shore defences. Lieutenant Commander Noronha handled his
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Name: Leading Electrician's Mate Kapallisai Raju
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 10 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 74 Pres.72 1-6-72
Citation:
Kapallisai Raju was a member of a naval unit which attacked the port of Khulna. On 10 December 1971, while this force was Involved in action against enemy air and shore forces, some of the crew were landed in the port of Khulna to capture the port. Despite the fact that the landing
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Name: Cmde Kasargod Patnashetti Gopal Rao (retd)
Award: Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 04 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Citation:
A small task group of the Western Fleet carried out an offensive sweep on the enemy coast off Karachi on the night of 4 December 1971. Notwithstanding the threat of enemy air, surface and submarine attack, Commander Kasargod Patnashetti Gopal Rao led his task group deep into
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Name: Cdr Keshar Singh Panwar
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 06 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Lieutenant Keshar Singh Panwar, pilot of an Indian naval aircraft, carried out repeated strikes on enemy held port in Bangladesh. Despite the fact that enemy harbour guns and ships directed very heavy anti-aircraft fire against his
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Name: Cmde Kumara Madhava Velappan Nair
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 09 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 74 Pres.72 1-6-72
Citation:
Captain Kumara Madhava Velappan Nair was the commander of the task force, which attacked Karachi on the night of 8 December 1971. In the face of imminent air attack and in the presence of enemy shore gun batteries, he led his task force against the enemy off Karachi. Despite the fact
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Name: Adm Laxminarayan Ramdass
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 01 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Commander Laxminarayan Ramdas was the commanding officer of an Indian naval unit of Eastern Fleet. Throughout the period of operations, he was called upon to operate within enemy waters, where there was constant danger to
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Name: Capt Mahendra Nath Mulla
Award: Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 09 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Citation:
Two ships of the Indian Navy under the command of Captain M.N. Mulla, senior officer of frigate squadron, were assigned the task of locating and destroying a Pakistani submarine in the North Arabian Sea. During these operations on the night of 9 December 1971, INS "Khukri" was hit by
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Name: Vice Adm Manohar Pralhad Awati
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 16 Jan 1972
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
Manohar Pralhad Awati was the commanding officer of an Indian naval unit of the Eastern Fleet during the operations against Pakistan in December 1971. Throughout the period, he was called upon to operate within enemy waters where there was
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Name: Cdr Megh Nath Sangal
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 74 Pres.72 1-6-72
Citation:
Megh Nath Sangal, Master ChiefElectrical Artificer (Power) Second Class, was a member ofthe crew of an Indian naval ship, which attacked Karachi on the night of 4 December 1971. In the face of imminent air attack and in the presence of enemy shore gun batteries, he led his men into the
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Name: Capt Mohan Narayan Rao Samant (retd)
Award: Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 01 Jan 1971
Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Citation:
Commander Mohan Narayan Rao Samant was the senior officer of force consisting of four craft, which carried out most daring and highly successful attacks on the enemy in Mongla and Khulna ports. Manoeuvring his squadron through a most hazardous and unfamiliar route, he
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Name: CPO Mughilissery Ouseph Thomachan
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 74 Pres.72 1-6-72
Citation:
Mughilissery Ouseph Thomachan, Chief Petty Officer, was a member of the crew of an Indian naval ship, which attacked Karachi on the night of 4 December 1971. In the face of an imminent air attack and in the presence of enemy shore gun batteries, he led his men into the attack with
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Name: Lt Cdr (X) Om Prakash Mehta
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
Lieutenant Commander Om Prakash Mehta was commanding a naval ship, which attacked Karachi on the night of4 December 1971. Despite enemy shore gun batteries and the possibility of air attack, he bravely led his ship on to the enemy forces. His inspiring leadership enabled the
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Name: Cdr (E) Ommen Mukadavil Ommen
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 09 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 78 Pres/72,17-6-72
Citation:
Commander Ommen Mukadavil Ommen was engineer officer of the INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea. On 9 December 1971, while carrying out an anti submarine hunt, the Khukri was hit by a torpedo. On realising the danger to his men, Commander Ommen went below to get his men
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Name: Cmde Padavupurackal Chandy Andrews
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 01 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Captain Padavupurackal Chandy Andrews was the Commanding Officer of an Indian naval unit of the Western Fleet. During the Western Fleet's sorties towards the
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Name: Lt Cdr (L) Prakash Satyendra Chandavarkar
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 14 Apr 1988
Gazette Notification: 37Pres/88 , 15-4-88
Citation:
During Operation “Pawan” on 16 November, 1987 Military intelligence reported the mass exfiltration of LTTE terrorists from Jaffna town to islands across the Jaffna lagoon. It was of paramount importance to destroy the militants’ base facilities and their
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Name: Lt (X) Prem Kumar
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 12 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Lieutenant Prem Kumar was a pilot of an Indian naval aircraft, which carried out repeated strikes on enemy held ports in Bangladesh. He carried out eight strike missions over heavily defended ports of Chittagong, Mongla and
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Name: Lt Cdr (X) Rajat Kumar Sen
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 09 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 78 Pres/72,17-6-72
Citation:
Lieutenant Commander Rajat Kumar Sen was the supply officer of the INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea after a Pakistani submarine attack. On 9 December whilst carrying out an anti-submarine hunt, Khukri was hit by a torpedo. On realising the danger to his men, Lieutenant
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Name: Capt Rajendra Singh Vijay Singh Dafle
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 11 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 94 Pres/72,19-8-72
Citation:
On the night of 10 December 1971, Captain Rajendra Singh Vijay Singh Dafle was ordered to take a platoon and establish a roadblock in an area in the Eastern Sector. The enemy launched an attack in strength in a bid to breakthrough the
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Name: Cdr Rajinder Singh Grewal
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 04 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Commander Rajinder Singh Grewal was the commander in charge of all flying operations from INS Vikrant. The wind off Bangladesh during these operations was such that it made the taking off
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Name: Capt Ramesh Chandra Bakhshi
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 06 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 132 Pres 65,17-9-65
Citation:
On 6 September 1965, Captain Ramesh Chandra Bakhshi, who was a company commander in a battalion of a Gorkha Regiment, was ordered to secure by 0400 hours an enemy post on the border in the Lahore Sector in Pakistan. He managed to
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Name: Lt Cdr Raminder Singh Sodhi (retd)
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 06 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Lieutenant Raminder Singh Sodhi was the pilot of an Indian Naval Aircraft, which carried out repeated strikes on enemy ports in Bangladesh. He carried out eight strikes on the heavily defended ports of Chittagong, Khulna and
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Name: Capt Ravindar Das Dhir (now deceased)
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Lieutenant Commander Ravindar Das Dhir was the pilot of an Indian naval aircraft, which carried out strikes on enemy held ports in Bangladesh. On the night of 5 December, during a bombing raid on
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Name: Capt Ravinder Nath Gupta
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 17 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 77 Pres/72,17-6-72
Citation:
Captain Ravinder Nath Gupta was one of the subtask force commanders for breaching a minefield to make vehicle lanes in an area in the Western Sector. This area was continuously under enemy artillery and mortar fire and information regarding the depth of
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Name: P/O (Telegraphist) Ravinder Nath Sharma
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 74 Pres.72 1-6-72
Citation:
Ravinder Nath Sharma, Petty Officer (Telegraphist), was member of the crew of an Indian Naval Ship, which attacked Karachi on the night of 4 December 1971. In the face of imminent air attack, and in the presence of enemy shore gun batteries, Ravinder Nath Sharma led his men into the
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Meetings

Stats

Medals
PVC : 21
MVC : 219
VrC : 1317
Branches
Air Force : 224
Army : 1249
BSF : 13
Civillian : 3
CRPF : 1
Navy : 67

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