Hoshiar Singh

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Colonel
Hoshiar Singh
PVC
Hoshiar Singh Portrait.jpg
Birth name Hoshiar Singh Dahiya
Born (1937-05-05)5 May 1937
Died December 6, 1998(1998-12-06) (aged 61)
Allegiance India Republic of India
Service/branch Flag of Indian Army.svg Indian Army
Years of service 1963-?
Rank Colonel
Unit 3 GRENADIERS
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistan war of 1965
Indo-Pakistani war of 1971
Battle of Basantar
Awards Param-Vir-Chakra-ribbon.svg Param Vir Chakra

Colonel Hoshiar Singh Dahiya, PVC (5 May 1937 - 6 December 1998) was born in Sisana village, Sonipat district, Haryana to Choudhary Hira Singh. He served in the Indian Army with dedication, retiring as a Colonel. He was awarded India's highest military honor, the Param Vir Chakra. He died on 6 December 1998 of natural causes.

Background[edit]

Hoshiar Singh Dahiya married Dhanno when he was still studying in the 7th standard.[citation needed] They had three sons.[citation needed] After his schooling and one year's study at the Jat College, Rohtak, he joined the Army.[1]

He was commissioned in The Grenadiers Regiment of the Indian Army on 30 June 1963.[1]

His first posting was in NEFA.[citation needed] In the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, he saw some action in the Rajasthan sector.[citation needed]

Honoured with Param Vir Chakra[edit]

During the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971, the 3rd Grenadiers was given the task of establishing a bridgehead across the Basantar River in the Shakargarh Sector from 15–17 December 1971. The river was covered with deep minefields on both sides and protected by well-fortified defence by the Pakistani army. Major Hoshiar Singh, commander 'C' Company, was ordered to capture the Pakistani locality of Jarpal. The Pakistani Army reacted and put in sharp counterattacks. Major Hoshiar Singh went from trench to trench, motivating his command and encouraging his men to stand fast and fight as a result his company repulsed all the attacks inflicting heavy casualties on the Pakistani army. Though seriously wounded, Major Hoshiar Singh refused to be evacuated till ceasefire. Throughout this operation, Major Hoshiar Singh displayed most conspicuous gallantry, indomitable fighting spirit and leadership in the highest traditions of the Army. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his bravery and leadership. He was also Mentioned-in-Despatches.[1]

Param Vir Chakra Citation[edit]

The Param Vir Chakra citation on the Official Indian Army Website reads as follows:

CITATION

MAJOR HOSHIAR SINGH

3 GRENADIERS (IC-14608)

On 15 December 1971 a battalion of the Grenadiers was given the task of establishing a bridgehead across the Basantar river in the Shakargarh Sector. Major Hoshiar Singh was commanding the left forward company and he was ordered to capture the enemy locality of Jarpal. This was a well-fortified position and was held in strength by the enemy. During the assault, his company came under intense shelling and effective crossfire from enemy medium machine guns. Undeterred, he led the charge and captured the objective after a fierce hand-to hand fight. The enemy reacted and put in three counter attacks on 16 December 1971, two of them supported by armour, Major Hoshiar Singh unmindful of the heavy shelling and tank fire went from trench to trench, motivating his command and encouraging his men to stand fast and fight. Inspired by his courage and dauntless leadership, his company repulsed all the attacks inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Again, on 17 December 1971 the enemy made another attack with a battalion supported by heavy artillery fire. Though seriously wounded by enemy shelling, Major Hoshiar Singh again went from trench to trench moving about in the open with utter disregard to his personal safety when an enemy shell landed near the medium machine gun post injuring the crew and rendering it inoperative. Major Hoshiar Singh, realizing the importance of machine-gun fire, immediately rushed to the machine-gun pit and though seriously wounded himself, manned the gun inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. The attack was successfully repulsed and the enemy retreated leaving behind 85 dead including their Commanding Officer and three other officers. Though seriously wounded, Major Hoshiar Singh refused to be evacuated till the ceasefire.

Throughout this operation, Major Hoshiar Singh displayed most conspicuous gallantry, indomitable fighting spirit and leadership in the highest traditions of the Army.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Param Vir Chakra Winners (PVC), Official Website of the Indian Army, retrieved 28 August 2014  "Profile" and "Citation" tabs.

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