Lt Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa
Born:10 April 1928
Died:5 September 2005
- He was an Indian Army officer, and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration. Thapa was commissioned into the 1st Battalion, 8 Gorkha Rifles in 1949.
- The Sino-Indian War began in October 1962; on 21 October, the Chinese advanced to north of Pangong Lake with the objective of capturing Sirijap and Yula.
- Srijap 1 was a post established on the northern bank of Pangong Lake by the 1st Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles and commanded by Major Dhan Singh Thapa.
- Soon the post was surrounded by greatly superior Chinese forces.
- Major Thapa and his men held the post and repelled three attacks before eventually being overrun.
- The survivors, including Thapa, were taken as prisoners of war. For his gallant actions and his efforts to motivate his men under fire he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra.
- Thapa was released from captivity after the war ended. Following retirement from the Army, he worked for a brief period with Sahara Airlines.
- He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion, 8 Gorkha Rifles on 28 August 1949.
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