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Sam Bahadur

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.

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KM Cariappa

2nd Field Marshal, Marshal KM Cariappa was the first chief of Indian Army Staff who led the first ever independent India's battle with Pakistan in 1947. Better known as "Chimma" in the family & friend circle, Field Marshal Cariappa, became the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Military in 1949. KM Cariappa was one of the few of the first batch of King's Commissioned Indian Officers. He is also remembered as the first commandant of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. KM Cariappa, after retiring in 1953, served as the Indian High Commissioner to Australia & New Zealand. There is a well known famous story of 1965 war when KM Cariappa's son, Sqd. Ldr. KC Kariappa, got captured & became PoW after his fighter plane got shot down, Ayub Khan, the then President of Pakistan upon knowing about this, sent a message to KM Cariappa that his son won't be kept with other Indian PoW's as they had worked together before India's partition. Upon this KM Cariappa said that he can't request for a special treatment for his son as all soldiers of the Indian forces were like his sons. Field Marshal Cariappa died in the year 1993.

Arjan Singh

Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh is veteran of the World War II & first Indian pilot to be awarded with Distinguished Flying Cross. Marshal Arjan Singh served as the 3rd Indian to become Chief of Air Staff from 1964 to 1969, later becoming Air Chief Marshal once the rank was upgraded in 1965. Arjan Singh served as Indian Ambassador to Switzerland & Vatican. Later he also served as the High Commissioner to Kenya. After serving multiple Government offices, he was made a 5 Star Ranked Marshal of Air Force in 2002. He is a Padma Bhushan awardee. He is one of the three Marshals of the Indian Armed Forces & the only serving Marshal at this point.

Param Vir Chakra Awardees

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.

From Left

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

Ashok Chakra Awardees

Air Marshal Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

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.

Want to know more about her: http://www.anusandhan.net/women/suc_padma.htm

Lt. General Punita Arora

Lt. General Punita Arora is the highest ranking woman in the Indian Army & also the first woman to have become Vice Admiral in Navy. She started, being in the Army, as the Additional Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) in its medical research wing before moving to the Navy as Vice Admiral in the same role as AFMS has a common pool of officers who can interchange the services depending upon the requirement. She was the first woman commandant of the AFMC, Pune before taking over the AFMS role.

Divya Ajith

Divya Ajith has the distinction of becoming the first women to win the prestigious "Sword of Honour" after finishing her military training at the Officer's Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. Although she wanted to become an IAS officer however her drive to join the Indian Army began after her discussions with Army officers while she was in the NCC during her college days. These hands that hold the guns are also adept at "Bharatnatyam Mudras".

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