Even when death is certain while facing enemy, personal safety is the last on a soldier’s mind and security of the nation and its citizens remains paramount. And this is exactly what Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, one of Indian Army’s most fearless and bravest soldiers epitomised.Having taken 12 bullet shots from the enemy fire, Yadav bluffed them and killed their five soldiers despite being seriously wounded during the Kargil War to protect the motherland and maintain the integrity of our country. It is soldiers like him who make India an incredible country it is and today we honour Yadav by taking a look at his life and achievements.
- Born in Sikandrabad, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Yadav was just 16 years old when he joined the Indian army.His father, Karan Singh Yadav was part of the Kumaon regiment and fought the 1965 and 1971 wars and his younger brother, Jitender Yadav is also part of the Indian army now.
- Aged 35, he is a JuniorCommissioned Officer in the Indian Army at the present.Currently posted as Subedar in Bareilly
- He fought in the Kargil War at just the age of 19. He was married for only 15 days when he was called upon by the army to fight in one of the biggest wars in the history of India.
- Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav of 18 Grenadiers battalion is famous for capturing the Tiger Hill during the Kargil War. He was tasked to capture three strategic bunkers on Tiger Hill along with his Ghatak Commando Platoon in the early morning hours of July 4, 1999.
- “When their another team came, I took out a grenade and lobbed it on their jawan and killed him. Then I took his rifle and opened fire killing five more”, Yadav said telling of his experiences in the war despite suffering 12 bullet wounds.
- He is the youngest officer to receive the Param Veer Chakra which he received at the age of 19.This is the highest military honour and the second highest government award offered to courageous military officials and personnel of the Indian Armed Forces.Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, Subedar Major Honorary Captain Bana Singh are the only serving personnel of the Indian defence establishment with a Param Vir Chakra Award.
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