Subedar Major & Hony Captain(Retd) Umrao Singh, VC, Indian Airforce

Subedar Major & Hony Captain(Retd) Umrao Singh, VC

In the Kaladan valley in Burma, on 15th December 1944, Havildar Umrao Singh was in charge of a gun in an advance section of his battery when it was subjected to heavy fire from 75 mm guns and mortars for 1.5 hours prior to being attacked by two companies of Japanese.

When the attack came he so inspired his detachment by his personal example and encouragement that they were able to beat off the attack. Though twice wounded by grenades he beat off the four attacks by the resolute action and great courage. When the final attack came, the other gun had been over-run and all his ammunition expended, he seized a gun barrel and closed with the enemy in furious hand-to-hand fighting. He was seen striking down three Japanese in a desperate effort to save his gun until he was knocked unconscious.

Six hours later, when a counter-attack restored the position, he was found in an exhausted state beside his gun and almost unrecognisable with seven severe wounds and ten dead Japanese around him.

By his personal example and magnificent bravery, Havildar Umrao Singh set a supreme example of gallantry and devotion to duty.