Kargil Vijay Diwas

Major Heroes and Unsung Heroes:

Far from home and loved ones, these heroes sacrifice their lives so the entire nation sleeps in peace. The stories of courage and passion are larger than anything. Read and be inspired by such army heroes – they are the legends whose tales will not just make your chests swell with pride, but whose sacrifices will leave your eyes little moist.

They are the men of steel, standing high in the toughest of conditions. They ignore freezing cold temperatures and scorching heat to always remain brave, awake and devoted towards us. They are all the heroes, each and every one of them. But there are a few stories have become the stuff of the legends, stories that deserve to be shared and told over and over again:

A number of Indian soldiers received awards for gallantry:

Major Heroes

Yogendra Singh Yadav


Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav,

18 Grenadiers, Param Vir Chakra


Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey,

1/11 Gorkha Rifles, Param Vir Chakra, Posthumous



Captain Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rifles,

Param Vir Chakra, Posthumous



Rifleman Sanjay Kumar,

13 JAK Rifles, Param Vir Chakra



Captain Anuj Nayyar, 17 JAT Regiment,

Maha Vir Chakra, Posthumous



Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari,

18 Grenadiers, Maha Vir Chakra, Posthumous



Captain Haneef-u-ddin,

11 Rajputana Rifles, Vir Chakra, posthumous



Major Mariappan Saravanan,

1 Bihar, Vir Chakra, Posthumous



Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja,

Indian Air Force, Vir Chakra, Posthumous




Havildar Chuni Lal, 8 JAK LI, Vir Chakra.

Also awarded Sena Medal for gallantry and posthumously awarded Ashoka Chakra as a Naib Subedar.



Unsung Heroes:

We constantly keep hearing about the terrible conditions our Indian Army has to operate in and the lengths they have to go to on a regular basis to keep their country safe. We read about the unbelievable courage these guys show at the front, but most of the time, their stories go untold.

Lt Keishing Clifford Nongrum

Lt Keishing Clifford Nongrum – 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry
30th June – 1st July 1999

The objective of the operation was to capture Point 4812 in the Batalik sector and Lt Keishing Clifford Nongrum was tasked with the climb and assault on an almost vertical cliff. When they finally reached the top of the cliff, his column encountered a fierce attack which was well entrenched in interconnected positions carved out of boulders, remaining immune to even artillery fire. For two hours, the enemy kept coming down with heavy and automatic fire. Lt Nongrum, not thinking about his own safety for one second, charged towards the enemy through the fire zone. From the first position, he started throwing grenades, which killed 6 enemy soldiers but not before being critically injured by a volley of bullets. Lt. Nongrum’s act of unreal bravery caught the enemy by surprise. It also gave his troops enough time to close in and take control of the position. He single-handedly made sure that his troops took control of the position, and even though he was severely injured, he refused to be evacuated. He kept fighting like a champion till he succumbed to his injuries on the battlefield. For the unreal act of valour, he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously.


Captain Jintu Gogoi 

Captain Jintu Gogoi – 17 GARHWAL RIFLES
29th June – 30th June 1999

Operation Vijay was underway when Captain Jintu Gogoi was tasked with the eviction of enemy soldiers from ridge line Kala Pathar near LOC (line of control) in the general area of Jubar Hill complex in Batalik sub-sector. Capt Gogoi led his troops and reached the top by first light. All this while facing heavy fire from the enemy. He made sure that his platoon was out of the enemy’s reach. He killed a couple of enemy soldiers but was also severely injured while performing his task and getting his troops to safety. He later succumbed to his injuries but showed incredible character and leadership qualities while carrying out this incredible act of bravery in a terrain that is almost impossible to survive in. He was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra.

Naik Brij Mohan Singh

Naik Brij Mohan Singh – 9 PARA (Special Forces)
1st July 1999

Naik Brij Mohan Singh was the commander of a 30-member team that was tasked with capturing “Sando Top” in Mashkoh Sub-Sector. They also had a secondary task to capture a cliff 5250 mts high and progress towards the Pakistani logistic base. Naik Brij Mohan Singh launched the assault on the near-vertical Sando Top and found a sweet spot for some foothold in the battle near the cliff. However, the march ahead was halted due to the enemy’s constant shelling. Naik Singh led from the front and started assaulting the slopes of Sando Top where the enemy had taken control. The brave soul would lob grenades at them and then follow it up by physically charging at them. This left the enemy baffled, they didn’t know what to do. As he went about reclaiming what the enemy had captured he got severely injured. However, not thinking about it one bit, he kept charging on and even killed two enemy soldiers with his bare hands. His act of raw courage not only helped to eliminate 5 enemy soldiers but also saved the lives of his comrades.

Source: indiatimes.com 7/20/2018, 6:11 PM, thebetterindia.com