Param Vir Chakra Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan
Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan, PVC (26 September 1921 – 23 October 1962), a Saini Sikh, born in Moga, Punjab(British India). The highest war-time gallantry award of the Indian Army. His father, Sher Singh Sahnan, belonged to an agricultural Saini Sikh family. Which had relocated to village Mahla Kalan near Moga from village Munaka of district Hoshiarpur. His mother’s name was Bibi Krishan Kaur Bhela. He married Bibi Gurdyal Kaur Banga, who was also from a Saini family of village Kothay Rara Singh near Kot Kapura. He also went to primary school in village Nathu Ala and to village Daroli for his middle school.
|Param Vir Chakra Subedar Joginder Singh
Subedar Joginder Singh
|Born||September 26, 1921
|Died||October 23, 1962 (aged 41)
Unknown Location(died as a POWin Chinese custody)
|Allegiance||British Indian Empire
Republic of India
|Service/branch||British Indian Army
|Years of service||1936-1962|
|Awards||Param Vir Chakra|
PARAM VIR CHAKRA SUBEDAR JOGINDER SINGH
1 SIKH (JC 1547)
Subedar Joginder Singh was the commander of a platoon of the Sikh Regiment holding a defensive position at a ridge near Tongpen La in NEFA. At 0530 hours on 23 October 1962, the Chinese opened a very heavy attack on the Bumla axis with the intention of breaking through to Towang. The leading battalion of the enemy attacked the ridge in three waves, each about 200 strong. Subedar Joginder Singh and his men mowed down the first wave, and the enemy was temporarily halted by the heavy losses it suffered. With in a few minutes, a second wave came over and was dealt with similarly. But the platoon had, by then, lost half its men.
Subedar Joginder Singh was wounded in the thigh but refused to be evacuated. Under his inspiring leadership the platoon stubbornly held its ground and would not withdraw. Meanwhile the enemy attacked the position for the third time. Subedar Joginder Singh himself manned a light machine-gun and shot down a number of the enemy. The Chinese however continued to advance despite heavy losses. When the situation became untenable Subedar Joginder Singh and the few men that were left in the position fixed bayonets and charged the advancing Chinese, bayoneting a number of them before he and his comrades were overpowered. Throughout this action, Subedar joginder Singh displayed devotion to duty, inspiring leadership and bravery of the highest order.