Jemadar(Retd) Lal Singh, MVC, Indian Army

Jemadar(Retd) Lal Singh, MVC

The Indian attempts to recapture Dras and Kargil from Pakistan became impossible in November 1948 after tanks cleared the way at Zoji La.

The Indian advance began on 14th November with two companies moving along either side of the stream that ran down the valley towards Dras. JCO Lal Singh led the attack on the Brown Hill feature, a strongly defended enemy post on the way to Dras.

Despite the incessant fire he crawled towards the other sections. He was hit several times. The firing also damaged his wireless set cutting off communication with the company headquarters. Though bleeding profusely he held on grimly to his position till two other platoons of the company arrived. Then putting himself at the head of his troops he charged the enemy killed several of them and recaptured the feature.

JCO lal Singh was decorated with the Mahavir Chakra for his conspicous gallantry.