When they are faced with an enemy, their own life is last thing on their mind with the country and its citizen being the top most priority, yes that is how a soldier does his duty, said the Kargil war hero and Param Vir Chakra awardee Y S Yadav.
Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav was just 19-years-old when he fought the Kargil war in 1999 being recruited to 18 Grenadiers around two decades ago.
Yadav, while recently attending country’s first Military Literature Festival said he was part of the platoon ‘Ghatak’, having the task of capturing strategic bunkers on Tiger Hill.
“We were group of seven to climb Tiger hill on July 4 (1999). It was a 90 degree climb. We were surrounded by death from all sides, we knew we were going to die, but we were determined to inflict maximum casualties and we kept moving forward with this spirit,” Yadav said.
He also spoke about the time when he bluffed the enemies killing five of their soldiers despite of getting severe wounds by the 12 bullet shots he took from the enemy fire.
“I had sustained 12 bullet wounds on my arm, legs. An enemy soldier also took an aim at my chest and fired a bullet, but it ricocheted off the Rs 5 coins I had kept in my pocket,” Yadav told PTI.
“The God kept me alive so that I could share the tales of valour of six of my fellow colleagues who martyred,” he added.
He shared quite a few details of the crucial time during the battle and said, “When I lay wounded, the enemy took me as dead, they also fired couple of bullets to check whether I was alive or not. But I made them realise that I was no more.”
“When their another team came, I took out a grenade and lobbed it on their jawan and killed him. Then I took his rifle and opened fire killing five more.
“The enemy thought reinforcement had come after presuming that they had killed us all. But Pakistan Army has such a low morale that they gave up at that point,” he added while informing the count of 25-30 enemy soldiers being killed by his team.
“I rolled over and opened fire from 3-4 sides to make the enemy think that reinforcements (of the Indian troops) had come. Had they known I was alone, they would have killed me,” Yadav said.
On prompted to speak about the time when a soldier faces the situation when the death seems certain, what is the it that keeps the soldier on toes to still march on, Yadav said, “It is your nation, your colleagues who are fighting alongside you that keep you going. Our concern at that time remains that our country and its citizens should be safe and secure irrespective of whether we survive or not.”
Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar, another Param Vir Chakra (PVC) awardee, the country’s highest gallantry award also shared experiences of the Kargil War. The military literature festival also witnessed Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Bana Singh who outshined with his heroic acts in the Siachen region in 1987.