Awards

Lone Gunner Sepoy Dewan Singh

Period : 1947-48 Operation

 On 3rd November 1947, 700 Pakistani raiders suddenly attacked a company of 4 Kumaon Regiment in Badgam area in Kashmir. One of the platoons came under heavy fire and orders went out to the platoon commander to withdraw. But the commander could not comply. The enemy was too close. If the platoon attempted to withdraw, the soldiers would be exposed to enemy fire. As the commander wondered what he should do, his gunner Sepoy Dewan Singh, realising that they were in desperate situation, picked up his sten gun and began firing, with such deadly accuracy and speed that the enemy was forced to fall back. This enabled the beleaguered platoon to effect a quick withdrawal.

When the enemy realised that the platoon had withdrawn and there was only one man left, they concentrated their fire on him but to their chagrin lone gunner kept on firing, keeping them pinned down.

Finally a bullet found it's mark and the brave sepoy's gun fell silent.

Dewan Singh was awarded the Mahavir Chakra posthumously for his exceptional courage, gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

 

 

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Rifleman Dhonkal Singh
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Main Categories

Param Vir Chakra
Ashoka Chakra
Maha Vir Chakra
Kirti Chakra
Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vir Chakra
Shaurya Chakra
President's Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry
Sena Medal