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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav

Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav (2690572)
18 Grenadiers
Param Vir Chakra

Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav was part of the Ghatak Platoon that captured three Bunkers on Tiger Hill Top on the night of 03-04 July 1999. The approach was a vertical cliff face, snowbound at 16,500 feet. Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, volunteering to lead the assault, was climbing the cliff face and fixing the ropes for further assault on the feature. On reaching half way up, an enemy bunker opened up machine gun and rocket fire. His Platoon Commander and two others fell to the heavy volume of automatic fire. Realising the enormity of the situation, he continued to scale the sheer cliff face alone through a volley of fire. Inspite of having been hit by three bullets in his groin and shoulder, displaying superhuman strength and resolve, he climbed the remaining 60 feet, all by himself and reached the top. With rare grit and courage, he crawled up to the bunker critically injured and lobbed a grenade killing four Pakistani soldiers and neutralising enemy fire.
This act was directly instrumental in facilitating the rest of the Platoon in climbing up the cliff face. Grievously injured, but with reckless disregard to personal safety, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav now charged on to the second bunker and neutralised it with two of his colleagues in an extremely fierce hand to hand combat, killing three Pakistani soldiers.

This extraordinarily gallant act motivated the rest of the Platoon which quickly traversed the treacherous terrain and braving hostile fire, charged onto the enemy to capture Tiger Hill Top, a vital objective. Throughout this operation, from scaling the sheer vertical cliff face by rope for destruction of two Pakistani bunkers in succession, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav displayed indomitable spirit, determination and action beyond the call of the duty.

For displaying the most conspicuous courage and spirit of self-sacrifice, Grenadier Yogender Yadav has been awarded Param Vir Chakra.


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