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Major Rama Raghoba Rane

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Major Rama Raghoba Rane

Born: 26 June 1918

Died: 11 July 1994

  • He was an officer in the Indian Army.
  • He was a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration.
  • Born in 1918, he served in the British Indian Army during the Second World War.
  • He remained in the military during the post-war period and was commissioned in the Bombay Sappers Regiment of the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers on 15 December 1947.
  • In April 1948, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, he played a key role in the capture of Rajauri by Indian forces by being instrumental in clearing several roadblocks and minefields.
  • His actions helped clear the way for advancing Indian tanks.
  • He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on 8 April 1948 for his gallantry.
  • He retired as a major from the Indian Army in 1968.
  • During his 28 years’ service with the army, he was mentioned in despatches five times.
  • The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), a Government of India enterprise under the aegis of the Ministry of Shipping, named fifteen of her crude oil tankers in honour of the Param Vir Chakra recipients.
  • The crude oil tanker named MT Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane, PVC was delivered to SCI on 8 August 1984.
  • The tanker was phased out after 25 years service.

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