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Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
- Karl von Clausewitz

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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Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Awardee: Nk Chand Singh, MVC


Gazette Notification: 2Pres/50, 26-1-50
Operation: 1947 Indo Pak Kashmir War
Date of Award: 22 Nov 1947

Citation:
At Uri, on 22 November 1947, at about 2215 hrs in operation against tribesmen in Kashmir State the enemy attacked hill 085107 held by a platoon of 1 Sikh. This feature was vital for the defence of the Uri Camp. Naik Chand Singh commanded a section of his platoon.

The main brunt of the attack fell on Naik Chand Singh's section. Most calmly he held off fire until the first enemy wave was within 25 yards of his position, and then opened up with all he had-LMG, rifles and hand grenades. The enemy was completely surprised and withdrew some 20 yards and took up position behind boulders and bushes. Naik Chand Singh realised that his hand grenades were not reaching the enemy position, from where he was. So he came out of his trench thrice in spite of heavy enemy fire and standing in the open hurled grenade after grenade at the enemy. He was wounded in the forearm.

At about 2230 hrs the enemy brought a 3-inch mortar into action. Naik Chand Singh, in spite of his wounded arm, volunteered to lead a raid to destroy this mortar. The party, making good use of cover, crawled up to within a few yards of the mortar position. Here Naik Chand Singh threw a couple of grenades and charged the mortar position with bayonets. Naik Chand Singh killed one of the crew with his bayonet and the remainder fled. The mortar was put out of action. Naik Chand Singh withdrew safely with his two comrades.


The enemy was still in position behind cover on the left flank. As the automatic and rifle fire was not effective Naik Chand Singh came out of his trench and started throwing grenades. While so doing he got a burst of enemy LMG fire and was killed instantaneously.

The destruction of his mortar demoralised the enemy so much that he lost heart and did not put in another attack. Naik Chand Singh's supreme sacrifice had saved the Sikh position.



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