Major Balram Singh Jamwal hailed from Sochani village near Jammu, which is famous for producing many Generals, Brigadier and various other rank officers for Indian Army. He was good in his studies, and then followed the footsteps of the other brave officers of his village. After completingsuccessful training, he was commissioned into 9 JAK Rif. There he did his duty with utmost bravery and ultimate leadership till he breathed his last. For his true service he was promoted to Major after 13 years of his service from Second Lt. He was married to Mrs. Nirmal Devi, and they had five children, three girls and two sons.
|Operation||Operation Riddle1965 Indo-Pak War|
|Unit||9 JAK Rif|
|Arm/Regt||The Jammu & Kashmir Rifles|
|Date Of Martyrdom||Aug 15, 1965|
In 1963 when 8 JAK Rif was re-raised, he was posted with the unit and made second in command of the unit. During August 1965 Pakistan Army launched Operation Gibraltar, through which they sent thousands of infiltrators to challenge Indian Armed Forces. First clash between our Army and the infiltrators took place on 7th of August. Their unit was deployed at Deva sector. On 14th of August, Pakistan Army started heavy mortar shelling near Kalidhar posts and the Battalion HQ, at Deva.
Because of heavy shelling from the enemy side, Indian companies and platoons who were countering them were not able to make safer bases for them to launch a fierce attack. Pakistan continued their attack on the next day and planned to capture Jourian and Akhnoor through which Poonch and Rajouri sectors link to cut them off. During this, Major Balram Singh Jamwal who was second in command of the battalion was outnumbered and surrounded by the enemies, but he continued to attack and didn’t left the post for the enemy. And a fierce battle was started between the two sides. And in between heavy shelling was also taking place which was also creating danger for our forces. Despite of this danger, they continued their brave attacks, and meanwhile Major Balram Singh who was leading his men from the front was hit by enemy shelling, and he succumbed to his injuries. He showed his excellent bravery, true leadership skills at the time of high risks of his personal life.