Param Vir Chakra is the highest honor of the Indian Armed Forces. It is the dream of every soldier to have the greatest honor of the Indian Military. Until today, 21 brave soldiers have been awarded the Param Vir Chakra.
Today we will tell you the story of three living legends of the Indian Military who received Param Veer Chakra. They were awarded for the most conspicuous bravery or pre-eminent act of highest degree of valor or self sacrifice, exceptional courage and determination in the presence of the enemy.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, Subedar Major Honorary Captain Bana Singh are the only serving personnel of the Indian defense establishment with a Param Vir Chakra Award.
Naib Subedar Bana Singh
Naib Subedar Bana Singh is one of the three living Param Vir Chakra’s awardees. In 1987, the Siachen area had been infiltrated by the Pakistani forces. Naib Subedar Bana Singh was posted in Siachen on 20 April 1987, as part of the 8th JAK LI regiment, which was given the task of capturing the Quaid Post. The 5-member team led by Nb Sub Bana Singh successfully captured the Quaid post on 26 June 1987. Nb Sub Bana Singh and his fellow soldiers, including Chuni Lal, climbed the steep 457 m high wall of ice. After reaching the top, Nb Sub Bana Singh found that there was a single Pakistani bunker. He lobbed a grenade into the bunker and closed the door, killing those inside. The two sides also got involved in a hand-to-hand combat, in which the Indian soldiers bayoneted some of the Pakistani soldiers outside the bunker. A few Pakistani soldiers jumped off the peak. Later, the Indians found six dead bodies of Pakistani soldiers.
Yogendra Singh Yadav
Subedar Major and Honorary Captain Yogendra Singh Yadav is the youngest person to get the Param Vir Chakra award. During the Kargil war of 1999, he was part of the Ghatak Force commando platoon tasked to capture three strategic bunkers on Tiger Hill. Yadav volunteered to lead the assault, climbed the cliff face, and installed ropes that would allow further assaults on the feature. Halfway up, machine gun and rocket fire came from an enemy bunker, killing the platoon commander and two others. In spite of being hit by multiple bullets in his groin and shoulder, Yadav climbed the remaining 18 m and reached the top. Though severely injured, he crawled to the first bunker and lobbed a grenade, killing four Pakistani soldiers. This gave the rest of the platoon the opportunity to climb up the cliff face bunker along with two of his fellow soldiers and engaged in hand-to-hand combat, killing four Pakistani soldiers. The platoon subsequently succeeded in capturing Tiger Hill. Though Yadav was hit by 12 bullets.
Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar
Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar is one of the three living Param Vir Chakra’s awardees. During the Kargil War of 1999, he was a member of the 13th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. He was the leading scout of a team tasked to capture Area Flat Top. The area was held by Pakistani troops. The team was under machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away. He realized the problem and the importance of that enemy bunker for the enemy. So, he crawled alone up the ledge and charged towards the enemy bunker. He took two bullets in his chest and forearm that left him bleeding profusely. He continued the charge towards the bunker. In hand-to-hand fighting, he killed three enemy soldiers. He then picked up an enemy machine gun and crept towards the second enemy bunker. The enemy soldiers, taken completely by surprise, were killed by him as they fled their post. Inspired by his act the rest of the platoon charged, assaulted the feature and captured Area Flat Top. Sanjay Kumar displayed conspicuous gallantry, cool courage and devotion to duty of an exceptionally high order in the face of the enemy.
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