63 Army personnel felicitated

ST Correspondent
Friday, 15 September 2017

Pune: Sixty-three officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks were felicitated with gallantry and distinguished service awards during the Southern Command investiture ceremony in Bhopal on Thursday. 

Lt Gen PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command, handed over the awards. The awards included 24 Sena Medals (Gallantry), six Yudh Seva Medals, 14 Sena Medals (Distinguished), 18 Vishisht Seva Medals and four Vishisht Seva Medals. Three Officers and four other rank holders were conferred with gallantry awards posthumously. 

Pune: Sixty-three officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks were felicitated with gallantry and distinguished service awards during the Southern Command investiture ceremony in Bhopal on Thursday. 

Lt Gen PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command, handed over the awards. The awards included 24 Sena Medals (Gallantry), six Yudh Seva Medals, 14 Sena Medals (Distinguished), 18 Vishisht Seva Medals and four Vishisht Seva Medals. Three Officers and four other rank holders were conferred with gallantry awards posthumously. 

The Army Commander bestowed unit citations to 19 units of Southern Command for meritorious and outstanding performance. The ceremony was organised by Sudarshan Chakra Corps headed by Lt Gen IS Ghuman and attended by civil and military dignitaries and distinguished guests including family members of martyrs.

The ceremony included presentation of gallantry awards posthumously to next of kins of awardees. 

Late Sepoy Rama Moorthy and Hav Elumalai M displayed extreme grit and nerve when they kept guiding rescue teams while they were themselves buried 35 feet under snow after being swept away by an avalanche in Siachen Glacier. 

Likewise, Lt Col RS Pawar and Maj Krishnan Manoj Kumar showed utter disregard to their personal safety and laid down their lives while trying to contain a fire at Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon. 

Maj Tahir Hussain Khan made the supreme sacrifice for the country while flying a Dhruv helicopter and successfully inducting troops to a critical location before the helicopter crashed due to extremely difficult weather conditions.

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