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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.



Param Vir Chakra (PVC)
Awardee: L/Nk Albert Ekka, PVC

Gazette Notification: 7Pres/72, 29-1-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 03 Dec 1971


Lance Naik Alber Ekka was in the left forward company of a battalion of Brigade of Guards during their attack on the enemy defence at Gangasagar on the Eastern Front. This was a well-fortified position held in strength by the enemy. The assaulting troops were subjected to intense shelling and heavy small arms fire, but they charged on to the objectives and were locked in bitter hand-t-hand combat. Lance Naik Albert Ekka noticed an enemy light machine gun inflicting heavy casualties on his company. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he charged the enemy bunker, bayoneted two enemy soldiers and silenced the L.M.G. Though seriously wounded in this encounter, he continued to fight alongside his comrades through the mile deep objective, clearing bunker after bunker with undaunted courage. Towards the northern end of the objective one enemy medium machine gun opened up from the second storey of a well-fortified building infecting heavy casualties and holding up the attack.  Once again this gallant soldier, without a thought for his personal safety despite his serious injury and the heavy volume of enemy fire, crawled forward till he reached the building and lobbed a grenade into the bunker, killing one enemy and injuring the other. The MMG, however, continued to fire. With outstanding courage and grim determination, Lance Naik Albert Ekka scaled a side wall and, entering the bunker, bayoneted the enemy who was still firing and thus silenced the machine gun, saving further casualties to his company and ensured the success of the attack. In this process, however, he received serious injuries and succumbed to them after the capture of the objective.

In this action, Lance Naik Albert Ekka displayed the most conspicuous valour and determination and made the supreme sacrifice in the best traditions of the Army.

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