Subedar Major & Hony Captain(Retd) Ganju Lama, VC, Indian Airforce

Subedar Major & Hony Captain(Retd) Ganju Lama, VC


On 12th June 1944, the Japanese put down an intense artillery barrage lasting an hour on our positions north of the village of Ningthoukhong in Burma. It destroyed several bunkers and caused heavy casualties, and was immediately followed by a very strong enemy attack supported by five medium tanks. After fierce hand-to-hand fighting, the perimeter was driven in one place.

A company of 7th Gurkha Rifles was ordered to restore the situation. It came under heavy enemy medium machine gun and tank fire at point-blank range. Rifleman Ganju Lama, on his own initiative with complete disregard for his own safety, crawled forward and engaged the tanks single-handed. In spite of a broken left wrist and two other wounds, one in his right hand and one in his leg, Rifleman Lama succeeded in bringing his gun into action and knocked out first one tank and then another.

In spite of his wounds, he engaged the escaping tank crews. Not until he had killed or wounded them all did he allow himself to be taken back to have his wound dressed.

Thoughout, Rifleman Ganju Lama showed complete disregard for his personal safety, outstanding devotion to duty and a determination to destroy the enemy. It was solely due to his prompt action and brave conduct that a most critical situation was averted, all positions regained and heavy casualties inflicted on the enemy.