Naik Shishpal Singh was born on 26th June 1920, to Shri Chaudhary Sheo Lal Grewal. He belonged to Bamla village in the Bhiwani district of Haryana. He joined the Indian Army at the age of 20, in 1940. He was recruited into the 2 Jat battalion of the Jat Regiment. He also brought many laurels for himself and his battalion by winning various wrestling competitions.
|Place of Birth
|Maha Vir Chakra
|Date of Martyrdom
|10th April 1948
During the 1947-48 war with Pakistan, Naik Shishpal’s unit was deployed in J&K. Three Indian Army brigades were concentrated in the Jhangar and King Brigade at Naushera. 2 Jat battalion was a part of King Brigade. Naik Shishpal was the Platoon Havildar of the 4th Platoon of B company which was ordered to lead an attack on 3831 on 9th April 1948. During the initial stage, he was wounded by a gunshot on his thigh but continued on the battlefield. He noticed the enemy’s machine gun causing casualties on the Indian side, so he crawled towards them seized the red-hot barrel out, and lobbed a grenade into the bunker, killing its crew. He also gave the battle cry “Jat Balwan”. He bayoneted three enemy soldiers but he too was bayoneted. While falling, his last words were, “Ra Jato, chadd jao post pe. Phahra do Tiranga mere maran tain pahlain.” The platoon inspired by his words hoisted the Tricolor on Point 3831. On 10th April 1948, Naik Shishpal got martyred.
Naik Shishpal Singh was given the nation’s second-highest gallantry award ‘Maha Vir Chakra’ for his exceptional bravery and leadership in the war.