Param Vir Chakra | Major Dhan Singh Thapa

 

Param Vir Chakra Major Dhan Singh Thapa

Lieutenant-Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa PVC (Nepali: मेजर धन सिंह थापा) (April 10, 1928 – September 5, 2005) was an Indian Army major in 1st Battalion, 8th Gorkha Rifles Regiment. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration.


Param Vir Chakra
Major Dhan Singh Thapa
PVC
Param Vir Chakra Major Dhan Singh Thapa
Born April 10, 1928
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Died September 5, 2005 (aged 77)
Allegiance Republic of India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service 1949-1975
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 1/8 Gorkha Rifles
Battles/wars Sino-Indian War
Awards  Param Vir Chakra

 

CITATION

PARAM VIR CHAKRA MAJOR DHAN SINGH THAPA

31/8 GORKHA RIFLES

(IC-7990)

Major Dhan Singh Thapa was in command of a forward post in Ladakh. On 20 October it was attacked by the Chinese in overwhelming strength after being subjected to intensive artillery and also mortar bombardment. Under his gallant command, the greatly outnumbered post repulsed the attack, also inflicting heavy casualties on the aggressors. The enemy attacked again in greater numbers after heavy shelling by artillery and mortar fire. Under the leadership of Major Thapa, his men repulsed this attack also sustaining with heavy losses to the enemy.
The Chinese attacked for the third time, now with tanks to support the infantry. The post had already suffered large numbers of casualties in the earlier two attacks. Though considerably reduced in number it held out to the last. When it was finally overrun by overwhelming numbers of the enemy, Major Thapa got out of his trench and killed several of the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting before he was finally overpowered by Chinese soldiers. Major Thapa’s cool courage, conspicuous fighting qualities and leadership were in the highest traditions of our Army.

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