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Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum, MVC

Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum was born on 7th March 1975 to a middle family from Shillong. Cpt. Was a part of Naga and deeply associated with its traditions and its society. He had keen interest in soccer and boxing from a young age and was a head of the school football team. Watching The Assam Rifle and their drill and practise for hours and their routine he grew up and love for the army was developed within him. Being the obedient and honest student, he was loved by his teachers and was very hardworking. And soon his hard work paid off and he joined the 64th Course of Officers Training Academy, Chennai in 1996.

Service No.SS-37111
Birth PlaceShillong, Meghalaya
Unit12 JAK LI
AwardParam Vir Chakra
RegimentThe Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry
Martyrdom on1st July 1999

After he completed his training form academy, he was commissioned into the 12th Bn of JAK LI. During the Kargil war. The penetration by enemy was about 6-8 km inside our territory and there was no support from artillery or the air support at that point. So Cpt. 12th Bn. Was given responsibility to capture the point 4812 of Batalik sector which was strategically important from our point of view. On 30th June 1999, Cpt. Nongrum was assigned to assign the assault team for the mission. On the 30th night the mission and they climbed the near impossible vertical cliff, slow and steady movement led them into enemy territory. On reaching close to the enemy, the team received heavy from the enemy post and injured few men. Fighting like a daredevil with his automatic gun for hours, he realised it was enough and it was time to take the enemy down. Not focussing on his own safety, he started charging toward the enemy post in a close combat situation. He grabbed his grenade and threw it towards the enemy and killed 6 of them at a time. Reaching to the enemy machine gun and trying to snatch it from them, he received a volley of fire in his body. By this time killing the remaining enemy, the position was secured and due to injuries, Cpt was succumbed to his wounds

His refusal action to back down despite heavy fire and leading his team without thinking of his own safety, showing excellent skills of combat and engaging the enemy fire and eliminating them which help to capture the important position, he was awarded Maha Vir Chakra, India’s second highest Gallantry award. And Cpt was the only person to receive this award from his state.