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Naik Yashwanth Durgappa Kolkar was born on 08th December 1965 to Sri Durgappa and Smt Nagavva. He belonged to Melkalamardi village in the Belagavi district of Karnataka. He was recruited at Nasik center and was inducted into the Regiment of Artillery on 30th July 1983. During the year 1999, Naik Yashwanth Durgappa was posted at a peace location in Uttarakhand, however, with the beginning of Kargil operations his unit was tasked to move to Jammu and Kashmir for operational deployment.  

Service Number 14372787L 
Place of Birth Karnataka 
Rank Naik 
Unit 255 Fd Regt 
Regiment Regiment of Artillery 
Date of Martyrdom 3rd July 1999 

On 3rd July 1999, Naik Yashwanth Durgappa’s unit was part of the Artillery fire plan for the capture of the Tiger hill a strategic objective for the Army.  The artillery fire plan for the assault on Tiger Hill was aptly code named as the ‘Final Blow’. 20 fire units (120 guns and mortars) and a troop of MBRL (Multi barrel rocket launcher) participated in the battle. As in the capture of Tololing heights, a significant part of the fire plan was the employment of Bofors guns and the MBRLs indirect firing roles. The direct firing was conducted from a distance of nearly 10,000 m, with the Bofors deployed in three tiers, employing “Shoot and Scoot” tactics. The tiger hill was eventually captured by the Infantry with ably supported by the Artillery. However, Naik Yashwanth Durgappa got injured in the enemy counter bombardment and later succumbed to his injuries.  

He was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Naik Yashwanth Durgappa is survived by his wife Savithri, daughter Yashoda and son Sandeep. 

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