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Naik Thimmaiah was born in a tourist place of Karnataka, Coorg. He was inspired to join the Army from his childhood, to serve for the nation. He joined the Army just after completing his schooling on 15 December 1993. Then got recruited to 9 Madras on 1 December 1994. Thereafter he successfully led his duty. He had been part of many successful operations. He had earned an appreciation from his senior officers and other soldiers many times. He had a great operational experience in his bag, some of these are, Op Rakshak from 12th December 1994 to 7th October 1997, Op Meghdoot from 10th October 2000 to 30th July 2001, Op Parakram 4th January 2002 to 12th October 2002 and Op Rakshak from 8th July to 24th July 2007.

Service No2597195M
DOBMay 10, 1974
Last RankNaik
Unit9 Madras 25 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) On deputation
Arm/RegtThe Madras Regiment
OperationCounter Insurgency Operation (J&K)
Date Of MartyrdomJuly 24, 2007

He had married Asha CT on 19th May 2005, and after a year they were blessed with a baby girl, who was named Deeya on 28th June 2006. And he left them just after one year on 24 July 2007, to sacrifice his life for the country.


During 2007, he was on deputation to 25 RR, whose task is to ensure peace in the valley by eliminating the terrorist. On 20th July 2007, he was moving with his comrades in a militant affected area in a jeep to patrol the area. Suddenly they were attacked by surprise firing by the terrorists upon them. Though it was a surprise attack our forces did a quick movement and exchanged the fire with them to eliminate them. A fierce gun battle started between the two parties for a long time. In between Naik Thimmaiah, was hit severally by enemy gunshots on his neck, right thigh and hips which made him grievously injured. Then he was shifted to military hospital where he breathed his last. In this way he became immortal in the memories of us.

He was awarded with many medals and decorations in his career for his excellent bravery which counts as Special Service Medal, High Altitude Medal, Siachen Glacier Medal (for serving at Siachen, highest battleground in the world), Op Vijay Medal (for participating in Kargil War 1999), Badge of Sacrifice and Veer Putra award from ISBR Business School, Bangalore.

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