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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: Maj Ashok Kumar Sharma, VrC

Gazette Notification: 35 Pres/88, 22.1.88
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 23 Jan 1988

Second Lieutenant Ashok Kumar Sharma of the Army Ordance Corps came on attachment to a battalion on 8 July 1987 as a Company Officer, stationed at Bila base in the Bilafondla complex in Siachen Glacier. On the night of 23 September 1987, the enemy started heavy shelling on Bilafondla Complex and simultaneously launched an attack on two of our posts. As the Company Commander was at one post, he ordered Second Lieutenant Ashok Kumar Sharma to take his men and reinforce the other post. Moving in inhospitable terrain at sub-zero temperatures he guided his men managed to reinforce the other post well in time, and succeeded in repulsing numerous adversary attacks. Though injured in the left shoulder by a splinter, he refused to be evacuated.

Again on the night of 24 September 1987, the enemy launched a determined attack on the post in overwhelming numbers. When the position became critical, the Commander asked him to take his men to reinforce the post. Against heavy odds, he led his men inch by inch, traversing seemingly impossible ice ridges and managed to reach the post. However, just 50 yards short of the post, he was again severely injured in the back by an artillery shell and lost consciousness. But his timely action saved the post from being captured by the enemy. 

Second Lieutenant Ashok Kumar Sharma displayed conspicuous bravery in the face of adversary.

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