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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: Brig Rai Singh, MVC, VSM (retd)


Gazette Notification: 23 Pres/68,26-1-68
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 11 Sep 1967

Citation:
20 August 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Rai Singh, who was commanding a unit at border outpost at Nathu La, was ordered to construct a wire fence along the watershed at Nathu La after the first Chinese intrusion at North Shoulder. Against determined Chinese resistance and in spite of use of physical force by them he successfully completed the task. 

When on 7 September he was ordered to extend the wire fence along the watershed from North Shoulder to South Shoulder the Chinese fired a few shots. Bayonets and rifle butts were freely used and in the scuffle Lieutenant Colonel Rai Singh was injured. Undaunted he carried out his task and on 11 September when his men were strengthening the wire to prevent trespassing, the Chinese soldiers suddenly opened fire with artillery, mortars and recoilless guns. He retaliated with all available weapons. He himself opened LMG fire on the Chinese bunker and also gave covering fire to his own troops on the wire to allow them to get back.

When his own bunker was damaged, he came out in the open, and finding a wounded soldier unable to fire, picked up his weapon and engaged the Chinese. When a Browning machine gun commander had been killed, he manned it, but hardly he fired a few bursts when he was hit in the stomach and collapsed on the spot. Although he was hit in the head by a splinter when he was being evacuated, yet he continued to give directions and exhorted his men to keep on fighting.

In this action, Lieutenant Colonel Rai Singh displayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership of a high order.



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

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