Check out Lance Naik Karam Singh biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his display of immense bravery during the Indo-Pakistan war (1947)
- Name- Lance Naik Karam Singh
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra
- Contribution- Fought bravely during the Indo-Pakistan war in (1947)
- Unit- 1 Sikh
- Rank- Honorary Captain
- Important dates
- Birth- 15th September, 1915
- Death- 20th January, 1993
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Sehna, Barnala, Punjab
- Place of Death- Barnala, Punjab
- Primary School, Village Nathu Ala
- Middle School, Village Daroli
- Father- Uttam Singh
- Mother- NA
- Siblings- NA
- Wife- Bibi Gurdyal Kaur
- Son- Paramjeet Singh and Harjeet Singh
Lesser known facts
- Lance Naik Karam Singh was an exemplary soldier who proved his mettle in the battle ground time and again. He joined the British Indian Army in 1941 and was sent to join the Burma Campaign in World War 2.
- His ferocious fight during the battle of Admin Box in 1944 earned him a Military Medal conferred by the British.
- After India’s independence in 1947, Pakistan immediately sought a control over Jammu and Kashmir by sending Pashtun tribal militants across state borders. The King of J&K called upon Indian Army seeking help against infiltrators. Thus, began the first Indo-Pakistan war of 1947.
- Karam Singh was commanding a company of 1 Sikh at a forward post in Richhmar Gali, located in the South of Tithwal. Indian Army had just captured Tithwal from Pakistan on 23rd May and Pakistan was desperate to get it back.
- The attack began on the night of 13th October and even after being outnumbered, the Sikh company fought hard and repelled the Pakistani attack twice.
- He ordered his men to join the main company as any reinforcement under such heavy shelling from the enemy side was almost impossible. Karam Singh, though injured continued to hold the front trench.
- He moved throughout the post boosting his men and throwing hand grenades at the enemy.
- When Karam Singh noticed two Pakistani soldiers very close to the Indian post, he jumped out and bayoneted them in hand to hand combat. By the end of the day, the company repelled three more attacks after which Pakistani troops were forced to retreat.
- He was chosen by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru to raise the Indian flag after India’s independence in 1947.
- Karam Singh retired from the armed forces in September 1969 and was conferred the rank of honorary Captain.
- The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) under the aegis of Ministry of Shipping named an Oil Tanker on Karam Singh’s name.
- The Punjab government built a memorial in Karam Singh’s honor at the district administrative complex in Sangrur.