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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.



Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Awardee: Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Thomas Phillopose, MVC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/72,12-2-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 15 Dec 1971

Havildar T. Phillipose was a platoon commander in a battalion of Madras Regiment during the battle of Basantar on the night of 15 December 1971. Casualties in the platoon were heavy and when the objective was captured, the enemy counterattacked. Havildar Phillipose led a brave counter-charge with fixed bayonets with his meagre strength. He enthused and inspired this small force with his leadership and bravery. Although he received a severe bullet wound himself, the charge led by him was so determined and brave that the enemy got demoralised and fled. 

Throughout, Havildar Phillipose displayed resolute leadership under adverse conditions and set a brilliant example of courage and devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army. 

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