Maj. Gen. Kuppanda Ponnappa Nanjappa, Indian Army

Maj. Gen. Kuppanda Ponnappa Nanjappa, VrC

Maj. Gen. Kuppanda Ponnappa Nanjappa is currently the GOC 20 Mountain Division. Commissioned into the Kumaon Regiment in 1967, he was awarded the Vir Chakra in the 1971 war.

Vir Chakra Citation

Major Kuppanda Ponnappa Nanjappa, who was commanding a company of Kumaon Regiment, was assigned the task of capturing an enemy strong point in the Eastern Sector.

This was a well fortified position and its capture was vital for the subsequent operation in this area. In spite of heavy and accurate shelling and small armsfire, Major Nanjappa, with utter disregard for his safety, led his men and captured the objective after fierce fighting.

In this action, Major Nanjappa displayed gallantry, determination and leadership of a high order.