President Mukherjee approves gallantry awards

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President Pranab Mukherjee has approved awards of 365 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 67th Republic Day celebrations.

The Gallantry awards includesone Ashoka Chakra, four Kirti Chakras, 11 Shaurya Chakras, one Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 48 Sena Medal (Gallantry), four Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), two Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 29 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, five Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, four Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 49 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 20 Yudh Seva Medal, three Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), eight Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 16 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), five Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 118 Vishisht Seva Medal.

Ashok Chakra

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami (Posthumous), 9 PARA (Special Force)

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami (Posthumous), 9 PARA (Special Force)On the intervening night of 02/03 September 2015 Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami was part of an ambush in Haphruda forest at Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir. At about 8:15 pm there was a fierce encounter with four terrorists wherein two of his comrades were injured and pinned down. Lance Naik Mohan along with his buddy dashed forward to rescue their injured colleagues, knowing well the risks to their own lives.  

He first assisted in eliminating one terrorist.Sensing grave danger to three of his wounded colleagues, Lance Naik Mohan Naik disregarded his own personal safety, charged at the remaining terrorists drawing intense fire from them. He was hit in the thigh. Unmindful, he closed in and eliminated one terrorist, injured another and was again shot in the abdomen.Undeterred by his injuries, he hurled himself on the last terrorist and killed him at point blank range before succumbing to his wounds. 

Lance Naik Mohan not only killed two terrorists, but also assisted in neutralizing the other two and save the lives of three of his wounded colleagues.Thus, Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami exhibited most conspicuous gallantry in personally eliminating two terrorists and assisting in evacuation of his wounded colleagues and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami is awarded “ASHOK CHAKRA (POSTHUMOUS)”

Kirti Chakra

  • Subedar Mahendra Singh, Sena Medal, 9 PARA (Special Force)
  • Sepoy Jagdish Chand (Posthumous), 546 DSC Platoon

Sepoy Jagdish Chand (Posthumous), 546 DSC Platoon

Sepoy Jagdish Chand (Posthumous), 546 DSC Platoon

 

 

 

 

Late Constable Jagdish Chand of Defence Service Corps was awarded for his exemplary courage when the terrorists struck the  Pathankot airbase earlier this year. Unarmed Chand snatched the rifle of one of the terrorists and killed him. He was in the mess  preparing breakfast for the security personnel when the terrorists started firing. He engaged in hand-to-hand combat to snatch the  rifle and saved the lives of fellow colleagues. But he made the supreme sacrifice when he fell to the bullets of the other terrorists.

Subedar Mahendra Singh, Sena Medal, 9 PARA (Special Force)

Subedar Mahendra Singh, Sena Medal, 9 PARA (Special Force)

 

 

 

 

 

Subedar Mahendra Singh was a veteran of numerous firefight. Earlier he had been awarded Sena Medal on the Line of Control for  exemplary courage and initiative wherein he shot dead a Pakistan Regular Army in 2013. On 02 Sep 2015 at 08:15 pm , contact  was established with terrorists in Darel forest at Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir resulting in multiple splinter injuries to two  comrades. Displaying exemplary leadership, the JCO moved with Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami to evacuate his comrades,  drawing heavy fire in the process.

Sensing the danger to his men, Subedar Mahendra immediately returned fire and displaying raw aggression charged and eliminated one terrorist at close quarters. His audaciousness startled the other terrorist who opened indiscriminate fire at him. Undeterred, he closed in with the terrorists when one terrorist rushed out firing and grievously wounded Subedar Mahendra in the abdomen.Despite his injury which paralysed him below the waist, he shot dead the terrorist at point blank range. Heedless of the threat posed by the terrorist fire and his incapacitating wound, he, in order to prevent any further casualties, forbade all attempts to evacuate him and endured tremendous pain to extricate himself. For his exemplary leadership, selflessness and courage beyond compare while eliminating two foreign terrorists and assisting in casualty evacuation despite being paralysed below the waist, Subedar Mahendra Singh, Sena Medal has been awarded “KIRTI CHAKRA”

Shaurya Chakra

  • Colonel Santosh Yashwant Mahadik (Posthumous) of 41 Rashtriya Rifle (PARA)
  • Major Praphul Kumar Bhardwaj of  12 PARA (Special Force)
  • Major Anurag Kumar of  9 PARA (Special Force)
  • Major Sandip Yadav of  55 Rashtriya Rifle (Armed)
  • Lieutenant Harjinder Singh of   3 KUMAON
  • Naik Satish Kumar (Posthumous) of  21 Rashtriya Rifle (Guards)
  • Naik Kheem Singh Mehra of  21 KUMAON
  • Sepoy Dharma Ram (Posthumous) of 1 Rashtriya Rifle (MAHAR)  

Various Patriotic Awards

 

Wartime gallantry awards

  • Param Vir Chakra : The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India's highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. The medal has been awarded 21 times, 14 of which were posthumous awards. It is similar to the Medal of Honor in the United States and the Victoria Cross in the United Kingdom
  • Maha Vir Chakra : The Maha Vir Chakra (MVC)  is the second highest military decoration in India, after the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea or in the air.
  • Vir Chakra : Vir Chakra is an Indian gallantry award presented for acts of bravery in the battlefield. It replaced the British Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Military Cross (MC) and Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). 

Peacetime gallantry awards 

  • Ashok Chakra Award:  It is India's highest peacetime military decoration awarded for valor, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield. It is the peace time equivalent of the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for the "most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent valour or self-sacrifice" other than in the face of the enemy.The decoration may be awarded either to military or civilian personnel and may be awarded posthumously.
  • Kirti Chakra: The Kirti Chakra is an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the field of battle. It may be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel, including posthumous awards. 
  • Shaurya Chakra: The Shaurya Chakra is an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in direct action with the enemy. It may be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel, sometimes posthumously. It is the peacetime equivalent of the Vir Chakra.
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