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Captain Jerry Prem Raj, VrC

Every person has a unique way to serve the country, some fight internally and some fight the external threats. One of them was Captain Jerry Prem Raj born to a middle-class family in a small town of Trivandrum district, Kerala. Seeking motivation from his brother who was a Indian Air Force veteran, at the early age at first year of his college, he joined the Air Force. With years of training, he was posted at Air Force station Ambala. Serving in many stations along with this he continued his studies and completed his degree. And later he was selected for training to be an Army officer. Passing out from Officers Training Academy, Chennai in 1997, he was commissioned as an officer into an Artillery regiment.

Service NoSS-37033
Birth PlaceVenganoor, Kerala
Unit158 Med Regiment
RegimentThe Regiment of Artilery
AwardVir Chakra
Matrydom On7th July 1999

It was the time when the Kargil War broke out. It was July 6, 1999. Capt. Bn was tasked to give Artillery support to the assault which was going to take place at pint 4857 at 1500ft. at the Mushkoh valley in the Drass sector. As the Bn and his unit was driving the fire support to the assault team, Capt. Raj got hit by a sniper into his chest. Bleeding but still continuing his mission to give accurate fire support which destroyed the enemy bunkers and plans. Causing large casualties to the enemy with his bombarding he refused to be taken to hospital and continued to show his bravery and courage. Meanwhile during the exchange of fire, he was again hit by a machine gun. Mortally injured, he refused to give up will the mission to capture 4857 point was captured and later succumbed to his injuries. For his act of valour and bravery, he was awarded Vir Chakra, third highest gallantry award of India.