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General Gopal Gurunath Bewoor

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General Gopal Gurunath Bewoor

Born: 11 August 1916

Died: 24 October 1989

  • He best known as G.G. Bewoor, was a senior officer of the Indian Army who served as the 9th Chief of Army Staff, and later an Indian diplomat to Denmark.
  • In a long service spanning four decades, he saw action during World War II and later was involved in Indian Army operations in Pakistan, including during the second war in 1965 as well as effectively commanding the southern command during the third war in 1971.
  • He succeeded Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw as the army chief in January 1973 and following his retirement from the army, served as the Indian Ambassador to Denmark till 1979.
  • In 1972, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan the third-highest Indian civilian award.
  • He served as the Honorary Colonel of the Dogra Regiment up to 11 August 1979.
  • After retirement, he served as the Indian Ambassador to Denmark, from February 1976 to March 1978.
  • He served as a member of the Senate of the University of Pune, for two years from August 1979 onwards.
  • He was also on the Board of Directors of Kirloskar Oil Engines & Vickers Sperry of Pune.
  • Besides, he was often invited to give talks on leadership and military matters by various educational societies. He died on 24 October 1989.
  • The street in Koregaon Park, Pune where the general lived after retirement is named General Bewoor Path after him.

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