First Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, MC "Sam Bahadur" (lit. Sam the Brave) (3 April 1914 – 27 June 2008) was an Indian Army officer. In a long career spanning nearly four decades, Manekshaw rose to be the 8th chief of staff of the Indian Army in 1969 and under his command, Indian forces concluded a victorious campaign during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Sam Manekshaw was the first of only two Indian military officers to hold the highest rank of Field Marshal in the Indian Army (the other being Field Marshal K M Cariappa). His distinguished military career spanned four decades and through five wars, including World War II. Field Marshal Sam died in the year 2008.
Any Country's Defence & Military capability is a worthless discussion without having to know the people who did all that they could to safeguard nation's boundaries & its people without worrying about their own lives. Below is the list of Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifices to restore India's honour in the wake of wartimes. They were awarded Param Vir Chakra for their valour.
Top Row - Sub Joginder Singh, 2nd Lt. Arun Khetarpal, Capt. Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey, Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, Major RR Rane, Naib Sub. Bana Singh
Midele Row - Capt. Vikram Batra (Yeh Dil Mange More), Company Havildar Major Peru Singh, Company Qtr. Master Abdul Hamid, Fly. Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Major Shaitan Singh, Naik Jadu Nath Singh
Bottom Row - Lance Naik Karam Singh, Lt. Col. AB Tarapore, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Major Hoshiar Singh, Major Ramaswamy Parameshwaran, Major Somnath Sharma, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar
Very Soon, we will update all of the MVC & VC Awardees
Air Marshal, a 3 star rank in the Indian Air Force equivalent to Lt. General of Indian Army & Vice Admiral of Indian Navy, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first woman to have achieved the decoration of such a rank in the Indian Armed Forces. Until recently she served as the Director General Medical Services (Air) based at the Air Headquarter. Before taking over the role of DGMS (Air), she served as Additional Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. She is also the first Indian Woman to have conducted scientific research at the North pole besides being the first Indian woman to be fellow at the Aerospace Medical Society of India.
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