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JEMADAR HARDEV SINGH: Maha Vir Chakra (posthumous)

Jemadar Hardev Singh hailed from the Bhatinda district of Punjab. He was born to Shri Ranjit Singh and Smt. Jem Hardev Singh. He joined Army in 1941 at an age of just 20 years. He was enrolled in 1 Patiala (RS) which later became part of the Punjab Regiment.

Service Number5219
Place of BirthBathinda, Punjab
Unit15 Punjab
RegimentPunjab Regiment
AwardMaha Vir Chakra
Date of Martyrdom24th May 1948

In May 1948, 15 Punjab Regiment was deployed in J &K area to check the advance of Pakistani raiders. They had a serious encounter with the enemy forces at Gumri on 22nd May. Heavy casualties were reported on both sides. Thereafter the unit undertook intense patrolling of the area between Zoji La and Machhoi. On 23rd May 1948, Jemadar Hardev Singh was in command of a platoon patrol at Machhoi. While they went on to attack, they were attacked enemies with full power. Heavy firing was going on from both sides. Jemadar Hardev Singh also got wounded in the arm, but he did not lose heart and immediately swung into action. Having understood the seriousness of the situation, he moved in a heavy snow-covered area from man to man through a hail of automatic and mortar fire trying to collect his party to the hillside from where he could keep the enemy engaged till reinforcements came. However, during this process, Jem Hardev Singh was twice hit in the shoulder but his indomitable will could not be dampened and made him more determined to beat the enemy. Gravely disregarding his safety, he got all his wounded men to the nearest cover. He was the last man to crawl back to cover and while doing so he was mortally wounded by an MMG burst. He refused to be attended to until all his wounded men had been provided with medical aid and dressed up first. Before succumbing to his injuries, he organized and enthused his men to put up a determined resistance against the enemy.

Jemadar Hardev Singh was a gallant soldier laid down his life in the line of his duty following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. For his bravery, and courage to fight for the nation, he was awarded ‘Maha Vir Chakra.’

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