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When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
- U.S. Marine Corps

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.



Param Vir Chakra (PVC)
Awardee: CHM Piru Singh , PVC

Gazette Notification: 8 Pres./52,16.1.52
Operation: 1948 Polo - Hyderabad
Date of Award: 18 Jul 1948


South of Tithwal in Jammu and Kashmir, D Company, of which Piru Singh was Havildar Major, was detailed to attack and capture an enemy occupied hill feature. The enemy had well dug-in positions and had sited his MMGs so as to coverall possible approaches As the attack advanced, it was met by heavy MMG fire from both flanks Volleys of grenades were also hurled down of the company from enemy bunkers CHM Piru Singh was then with the forward-most section of the company.

Seeing more than, halt of the section killed or wounded he did not lose courage. With battle cries he encouraged the remaining men and rushed forward with great determination to the nearest enemy MMG position. Grenade splinters ripping his clothes and wounding him at several places, he continued to advance without the least regard for his safety. H e was soon on top of the MMG position shooting the gun crew with his sten gun. With complete disregard for his bleeding wounds, he ferociously jumped on the MMG crew, bayoneting them to death, thus silencing the gun.

It was only then that he suddenly realised that he was the sole survivor of the section, the rest of them were either dead or wounded. Another grenade thrown at him wounded him in the face. With blood dripping from the facial wounds into his eyes, he crawled out of the trench, hurling grenades at the next enemy position. With a loud battle cry, he jumped on the occupants of the next trench, bayoneting two to death. This action was witnessed by the 'C' Company Commander who was directing fire in support of the attacking company.

As Havildar Major Piru Singh emerged out of the second trench to charge the third enemy bunker, he was hit in the head by a bullet and was seen dropping on the edge of the enemy trench. There was an explosion in the trench, which showed that his grenade had done its work. By then CHM Piru Singh's wounds had proved fatal. He had paid with his life for his singularly brave act, but he had left for the rest of his comrades a unique example of single-handed and determined cold courage.

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