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Bravest of the Brave 2 - Army
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Major Chewang Rinchen, MVC(Bar), SM

Starting as a foot soldier in Ladakh Home Guards in July 1948, this gallant Ladakhi gave a fine account of himself in the operations in the Nubra Valley. He was soon promoted to JCO rank and his valiant deeds in a few months before the ceasefire are now folklore in Ladakh. Operating over the giddy snow clad peaks in mid-winter, commanding a small detachment, he drove the raiders from numerous strongholds which saved Leh. Whilst this earned him the MVC, the Bar came later in 1971, when he performed the feat of capturing the Chalunka Complex of enemy defences in the Partappur sector by sheer aggressive spirit, cool courage and inspiring leadership.

Lt Gen Zorawar Chand Bakshi, PVSM, MVC, Vr.C, VSM

Lt Gen Z.C. Bakshi is considered to be the most decorated soldier of the Indian Army. In addition to MVC and VrC, he was awarded PVSM and VSM. While he was awarded the VrC in 1948, MVC came to him in 1965 when as commander of a brigade employed on the difficult task of capturing Haji Pir Pass, he personally supervised the operations under intense enemy shelling, thus displaying high standard of planning and tactical skill combined with outstanding leadership, determination and comradeship.

Brigadier Sampuran Singh, MVC, Vr.C

Brigadier Sampuran Singh earned his VrC followed by his MVC in quick succession in 1965. On 28th August, under his inspiring command, his battalion, 19 Punjab captured Bedori, thus opening the route to capture the Haji Pir Pass, which earned him the VrC. Then, following the capture of Haji Pir Pass, he put a lightening attack on a ridge on the way to Kahuta, an operation conducted with exemplary courage and remarkable leadership, which carried him the MVC.