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Yogendra Singh Yadav


Yogendra Singh Yadav

Born (1980-05-10) 10 May 1980 (age 43)[1]
Bulandshahr District, Uttar Pradesh. India
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service1996-2021
Rank Subedar Major
Honorary Captain
Unit 18th Grenadiers
Battles/warsKargil War
Awards Param Vir Chakra
Yash Bharati
Alma materGovernment High School, Aurangabad Ahir, Bulandshahar

Subedar Major[2] and Honorary Captain Yogendra Singh Yadav PVC (born 10 May 1980) is a retired Indian military officer, who was awarded India's highest military award, the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions during the Kargil War. He is the youngest recipient of the Param Vir Chakra to date, having received it at the age of 19.[3][4]

Early life

Subedar Major Yadav was born in a Yadav family on 10 May 1980[3] in Aurangabad Ahir, Bulandshahr District, Uttar Pradesh.[5] His father Karan Singh Yadav served in the Kumaon Regiment, participating in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan wars.[3] Yadav joined the Indian Army at 16 years and five months of age.[6]

Param Vir Chakra Awardee Yogendra Yadav at India Gate on Kargil Vijay Divas, 2018

Career

Kargil War

Yadav enlisted with the 18 Grenadiers, and part of the Ghatak Force commando platoon, tasked to capture three strategic bunkers on Tiger Hill in the early morning hours of 4 July 1999. The bunkers were situated at the top of a vertical, snow-covered, 1,000 ft (300 m) cliff face. Yadav volunteered to lead the assault, climbed the cliff face, and installed ropes that would allow further assaults on the feature. Halfway up, machine gun and rocket fire came from an enemy bunker, killing the platoon commander and two others. In spite of being hit by multiple bullets in his groin and shoulder, Yadav climbed the remaining 60 feet (18 m) and reached the top. Though severely injured, he crawled to the first bunker and lobbed a grenade, killing four Pakistani soldiers and neutralizing enemy fire. This gave the rest of the platoon the opportunity to climb up the cliff face[7] bunker along with two of his fellow soldiers and engaged in hand-to-hand combat, killing four Pakistani soldiers. The platoon subsequently succeeded in capturing Tiger Hill. Though Yadav was hit by 17 bullets he played a major role in its capture.[8]

The Param Vir Chakra was announced for Yadav posthumously, but it was soon discovered that he was recuperating in a hospital, and it was his namesake who had been slain in the mission.[9]

Later career

Yadav receiving the honorary rank of Captain from Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi in 2021

Yadav was conferred the honorary rank of Captain by the President of India on Independence Day of 2021. Lieutenant General Rajeev Sirohi, Military Secretary and Colonel of the Grenadiers, presented the rank badges. He retired from army on 31 December 2021 in the Honorary Captain rank with a traditional send-off.[10]

Subedar Major and Honorary Captain Yogendra Singh Yadav, PVC post-retirement joined the advisory board of udChalo, a consumer technology company serving armed forces personnel.[11]

Param Vir Chakra Citation

The Param Vir Chakra citation on the official Indian Army website reads as follows:

Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav was part of the leading team of Ghatak Platoon tasked to capture Tiger Hill on the night of 3/4 July 1999. The approach to the top was steep, snow bound and rocky. Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, unmindful of the risk involved, volunteered to be in the lead and fixed rope of his team to climb up. On seeing the team, the enemy opened intense automatic grenade, rocket and artillery fire killing the commander and two of his colleagues and the platoon was stalled. Realising the gravity of the situation, Grenadier Yadav crawled up to the enemy position to silence it and in the process sustained multiple injuries. Unmindful of his injuries and in the hail of enemy bullets, Grenadier Yadav continued climbing towards the enemy positions. Lobbing grenades and continuously firing from his weapon, he killed four enemy soldiers in close combat and silenced the automatic fire. Despite multiple injuries, he refused to be evacuated and continued the charge. Inspired by his gallant act, the platoon charged on to the other positions with renewed punch and captured Tiger Hill Top.

Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav displayed the most conspicuous courage, indomitable gallantry, grit and determination under extreme adverse circumstances.[12]

Portrayal in film and media

The three living recipients of the Param Vir Chakra Award: Yogendra Singh Yadav, Bana Singh and Sanjay Kumar

In the 2004 Hindi-language film Lakshya (based on the Battle of Tiger Hill), the actions of the fictional war hero Karan Shergill (played by Hrithik Roshan) is a screen adaptation depicting the heroic deeds of Yadav's platoon, among others. It provides a detailed description of their arduous journey to capture the strategically placed bunkers on Tiger Hill.[13]

The assault led by another Ghatak Platoon unit from the same regiment on Tololing was adapted as one of the prominent battle scenes in the Hindi film LOC Kargil. Manoj Bajpai portrayed the role of Yadav in the film.

Other honours

He joined the show Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2020 on a special invitation from Amitabh Bachchan, along with fellow Param Vir Chakra recipient Subedar Sanjay Kumar. He donated the entire amount (₹2.5 million) won to the Army Welfare Fund. In the year 2015, he was awarded the state's highest award Yash Bharti by Uttar Pradesh Government for his service towards the country.[14]


Yadav's statue at Param Yodha Sthal, National War Memorial, New Delhi

References

  1. ^ "Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, PVC". twdi.in. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Yogendra Singh Yadav is shown to be a Subedar Major". YouTube. 2017. Archived from the original on 15 September 2023. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Major General Ian Cardozo (2003). Param Vir: Our Heroes in Battle. Roli Books Private Limited. pp. The Last Ghatak. ISBN 9789351940296.
  4. ^ "YOGENDER SINGH YADAV | Gallantry Awards". gallantryawards.gov.in. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ S. D. S. Yadava (1 January 2006). Followers of Krishna: Yadavas of India (Google eBook). Lancer Publishers. p. 47. ISBN 9788170622161.
  6. ^ Cardozo, Major General Ian (2003). Param Vir: Our Heroes in Battle. Roli Books Private Limited. p. The Last Ghatak. ISBN 9789351940296.
  7. ^ "Profile on Yadav on the Indian Army website". Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  8. ^ Rachana Bhatt (2006). The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories. Penguin Books. pp. YSY. ISBN 9789351188056. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)
  9. ^ "Army orders inquiry into PVC blunder". Rediff.com. 17 August 1999. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  10. ^ Mishra, Utkarsh. "Param Vir Chakra awardee Kargil hero Yogendra Singh Yadav retires". Rediff. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Param Vir Chakra awardee joins udChalo advisory board". The Hindu. 18 January 2022.
  12. ^ The Param Vir Chakra Winners (PVC), Official Website of the Indian Army, retrieved 28 August 2014 "Profile" and "Citation" tabs.
  13. ^ "10 Army Heroes and Their Extra Ordinary Tales of Bravery". TBI Team. thebetterindia.com. The Better India. 15 January 2016. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  14. ^ "यश भारती सम्मान से 56 हस्तियां अलंकृत 12063610" (in Hindi). jagran.com.
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