They are the men of steel with the feeling to sacrifice their lives to protect the nation’s pride. They are far from their home but nothing can shatter their courage to stand tall for the country. They never step back in any condition, they never think for once in sacrificing their lives for their motherland. They are called soldiers, they are army men, they are our war heroes and today we are going to share the tales of few of thousands of war heroes. Their stories deserve to be told and shared over and over again.
1. Captain Anuj Nayyar
Nayyar was the captain of 17 Jat Regiment of the Indian Army who fought till his last breathe to capture mountaintop Pimple II which was in possession of Pakistan in 1999 Kargil War. In JP Dutta’s LOC Kargil, Saif Ali Khan portrayed the role of Captain Nayyar.
2. Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri
In 1971, during the battle of Laungewala, the Chandpuri with heading the team of 124 Indian Army soldiers and 23 Punjab Regiment officers ambushed Pakistani army. For his valor, he was awarded Mahavir Chakra. In J. P. Dutta’s Border, Sunny Deol portrayed the role of Brigadier Chandpuri.
3. Colonel Neelakantan Jayachandran Nair
Nair who was the colonel of 16 Maratha Light Infantry sacrificed his life in saving his army men during his deployment in Nagaland in 1993. He was also honored with the Ashoka Chakra and Kirti Chakra.
4. Gurbachan Singh Salaria
Chief Salaria fought as the part of UN’s group in stopping the civil war raging through African nation inn1962 where he sacrificed his life. He was awarded Param Vir Chakra.
5. Captain Vikram Batra
Captain Batra was the hero of 1999 Kargil War who recovered Peak 5140 at a height of 17,000 ft from the enemy. After capturing the peak, his last words were Jai Mata Di and in a counterattack, he sacrificed his life.
6. Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat
Rifleman Rawat was a part of the Fourth Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles in 1962’s Indo-Sino war. Rawat chose to stay back to fight the Chinese against the order to retreat from their position. His team retreated but the army man took the help of Monpa tribal girls Sela and Nura to set up the separate weapon point. He alone fought for 3 days but on learning that Chinese stepping towards him, he shot himself. Chinese cut off his head and carried it to China after knowing that they were fighting with the only man for three days.
7. Arun Kumar Vaidya
He was the part of Battle of Chawinda where the first armored division of the enemy was destroyed. In 1971, Vaidya infiltrated a dangerous landscape filled with mines and inspired the Pakistani opponent to fight in Chakra and Dahira. In the same struggle, in the battle of Barapind, he crossed the area by crossing the tanks and found his second Mahavir Chakra. In 1984, he had planned the Operation Bluestar, which demanded to oust the Sikh militants hidden inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
8. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
Major Unnikrishnan’s last words were: “Don’t come up, I will handle them.” He spoke these words during fighting with terrorists in Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the Black Tornado operation in the Mumbai attacks in 2008. During the operation, he was chasing the terrorists and got injured that lead to his death.
9. Nand Singh
Singh took part in India’s first war with Pakistan and also got severe injuries in Uri the same year. Pakistan paraded his body and dumped it results in Army never recovered his body. He was awarded British Victoria Cross, Gallantry award.
10. Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla
He was the captain of INS Khukri and during the 1971 war, he martyred after his submarine hit by the torpedoes of the enemy. He saved the lives of many by giving his life-saving jacket to a sailor. In Diu, there is a memorial in Mulla’s name.