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Bravest of the Brave 3 - Army
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Jemadar Lal Bahadur Khattri, MVC, Vr.C

Jemadar Lal Bahadur Khattri won MVC & VrC both in 1948 Kashmir operations within a gap of three months. The VrC came to him first on 15th February 1948 and MVC later on 18th May 1948. He was awarded MVC for showing outstanding example of gallantry which saved his battalion from a serious setback at a most crucial time. He remained firm in his position and when he ran short of grenades, he started throwing stones at the advancing enemy.

Jemadar Nand Singh, MVC, VC

Jemadar Nand Singh, the only Victoria Cross to also win the MVC earned his first decoration in World War II in the rank of Acting Naik in Burma when, single-handed, he crushed a Japanese strong-hold, killing seven. Then, in the operations in J&K on 12th december 1947, he laid down his life at Uri while capturing the objective given to him by his commanding officer. His action had saved his battalion, 1 Sikh, in a serious predicament and the award of MVC perhaps falls short of fully recognising his Herculean achievement as the saga contained in the citation would seem to evince.

Major General Venkatapathy Rangaswami, Vr.C(Bar), AMC

Major General V. Rangaswami, as a Captain, worked with tireless energy and devotion in the Main Dressing Station in J&K under constant threat of enemy mortar fire for 72 hours without rest in the 1948 operations and thus saved many lives. This brave performance earned him the VrC. Later in 1951, while he was with 60 Indian Field Ambulance in Korea, he worked for five days with almost no respite under enemy mortar fire without any regard for his personal safety to give succor to casualties. His gallant performance was recognised by the award of a Bar to his VrC.