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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.



Vir Chakra (VrC)
Awardee: Brig Sukhdev Singh, VrC, MC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 10 Pres 52,26-1-52
Operation: 1947 Indo Pak Kashmir War
Date of Award: 1948

In May 1948 the enemy had captured Kargil and Dras and were advancing towards Zoji La. Lieutenant Colonel Sukhdev Singh, commander 1 Patiala, was ordered to take his battalion, secure the Zoji La and prevent the enemy from penetrating the Kashmir Valley. For four months this battalion held its positions against a tough and numerically stronger enemy who made every effort to capture Zoji La. The battalion in addition had to protect its ownvulnerable line of communication for over 30 miles. The battle was fought at heightsvaryingfrom 10,000 to 17,000 feet, amidst snow and glaciers without proper equipment and no mountain artillery. Lieutenant Colonel Sukhdev Singh conducted this operation as well as the subsequent push to Dras and Kargil with great skill and daring.

He frequently visited the forward posts and himself came under enemy fire. By his dominating and aggressive personality he enthused the officers and other ranks under him to carry out amazinng feats of endurance and daring ultimately forcing the enemy on the defensive.

Throughout all these operations from May to year-end, Lieutenant Colonel Sukhdev Singh showed great skill in planning and displayed outstanding leadership, courage and determination to maintain the traditions ofthe Indian army.

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