Subedar Karam Singh: Birth anniversary special 15th September

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Karam Singh, PVC (Param Vir Chakra), was an Indian Army soldier who displayed extraordinary bravery and gallantry during the Indo-Pak War of 1947.

Karam Singh was born on September 15, 1915. He was born in Barnala, Punjab. His father’s name was Uttam Singh. He completed his primary education from his village. Since childhood, he was inspired by the stories of the First World War.

Military career

In the year 1941 he joined the army. On September 15, 1941, he joined the 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment.

World War II Military Medal

During World War II, Singh faced Japanese troops on the Burma Front in 1945. For his extraordinary gallantry and fighting skill he was awarded the British Gallantry Medal, “Military Medal” on March 14, 1944.

1948 India-Pakistan War: Official Citation

“Tithwal in Jammu and Kashmir was captured on May 23, 1948. After that date, the enemy made several attempts to recapture Richhmar Gali and from there Tithwal. On 13 October 1948, coinciding with Eid al-Adha, the enemy decided to launch a brigade attack to capture Richhmar Gali, and advance into the Srinagar Valley, bypassing Tithwal. Lance Naik Karam Singh was commanding a section in Richmar Gali. The enemy began its attack with heavy artillery and mortar fire. The fire was so accurate that not a single bunker in the Paltan area was left safe. Communication trenches caved in. Bravely, Lance Naik Karam Singh moved from one bunker to another, giving aid to the wounded and encouraging the men to fight. That day the enemy launched eight separate attacks. In one such attack, the enemy managed to gain a foothold in the platoon area. Immediately, Lance Naik Karam Singh, who by then was seriously wounded, threw himself into the counter-attack with a few men and after a close quarter encounter dislodged the enemy, sending many of the enemy bayoneted to bayonets. Were killed. Lance Naik Karam Singh proved himself a fearless leader in crisis.”

For his sheer bravery and sacrifice of his life for his country, Lance Naik Karam Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra. He was the first living recipient of this award. His bravery and leadership saved Tithwal’s position and essentially turned the tide of the battle.


Singh died on January 20, 1993 in his village. In the 1980s, the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), a Government of India enterprise under the auspices of the Ministry of Shipping, named fifteen of its crude oil tankers in honor of PVC recipients. One of these tankers was also in the name of Subedar (and Honorary Captain) Karam Singh.

Paramveer Chakra: 21 Paramveers who became immortal in the pages of history

Name Rank Date
Somnath Sharma Major 3 Nov 1947
Jadunath Singh Naik 6 Feb 1948
Rama Raghoba Rane Second Lieutenant 8 Apr 1948
Piru Singh Company Havildar Major 17 Jul 1948
Karam Singh Lance Naik 13 Oct 1948
Gurbachan Singh Salaria Captain 5 Dec 1961
Dhan Singh Thapa Major 20 Oct 1962
Joginder Singh Subedar 23 Oct 1962
Shaitan Singh Major 18 Nov 1962
Abdul Hamid Company Quarter Master Havildar 10 Sep 1965
Ardeshir Tarapore Lieutenant Colonel 11 Sep 1965
Albert Ekka Lance Naik 3 Dec 1971
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon Flying Officer 14 Dec 1971
Arun Khetarpal Second Lieutenant 16 Dec 1971
Hoshiar Singh Dahiya Major 17 Dec 1971
Bana Singh Naib Subedar 23 May 1987
Ramaswamy Parameshwaran Major 25 Nov 1987
Manoj Kumar Pandey Lieutenant 3 Jul 1999
Yogendra Singh Yadav Grenadier 4 Jul 1999
Sanjay Kumar Rifleman 5 Jul 1999
Vikram Batra Captain 7 Jul 1999

Tribute to 21 immortal martyrs from a grateful nation!

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