Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore

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Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore

Born: 18 August 1923

Died: 16 September 1965

  • He was an officer in the Indian Army and a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest award for bravery.
  • After completing his schooling in Pune, Tarapore joined the Hyderabad Army and was commissioned in January 1942.
  • Initially, he joined the infantry but was later transferred to an armoured regiment, the 1st Hyderabad Imperial Service Lancers.
  • During World War II Tarapore saw action in the Middle East.
  • After Hyderabad State was annexed by India in 1948, he was selected to join the Indian Army.
  • He was commissioned again in April 1951 and was posted to the Poona Horse regiment, 17th Battalion.
  • Later he attended a training course in the United Kingdom on the Centurion tank.
  • During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, 17 Horse saw action in the Sialkot sector.
  • He led the regiment in several tank battles between 11 and 16 September and was killed in one such battle at Butur-Dograndi on 16 September.
  • Under his leadership, the regiment destroyed sixty Pakistani tanks, while the Indians suffered the loss of nine.

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