Check out Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his display of immense bravery during the Indo-Pakistan war (1947)
- Name- Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra
- Contribution- Fought bravely during the Indo-Pakistan war (1947)
- Unit- Bombay Sappers
- Rank- Major
- Important dates
- Birth- 26th June, 1918
- Death- 11th July, 1994
- Important places
- Education- NA
- Father- Constable R. P Rane
- Mother- NA
- Siblings- NA
- Wife- Mrs. Leela Rane
- Children- 3 sons and a daughter
Lesser known facts
- Rane’s father, R P Rane was a police constable from Chendia village, North Kanara, Karnataka. Due to his regular transfers, Rama’s education happened mostly in district schools and was chaotic at best.
- Rama Raghoba Rane was influenced by the Non Cooperation movement initiated by Mahatma Gandhi. Sensing the inclination of his son towards the cause, Rama’s father moved back to his parental village to keep Rama away from the ongoing agitations.
- Rama Raghoba Rane joined army at an age of 22 and at a time when World War II was going on. Rane was enlisted into the Bombay Engineer Regiment from where he passed out as the “Best Recruit” was subsequently promoted to the rank of a Corporal (Naik).
- After India’s independence he was transferred to Indian Army. Rane was formally commissioned as second lieutenant in Corps of Engineers on 15th December, 1947.
- Rane’s company was attached to 4th Dogra battalion which had recaptured some posts in Naushahra sector in Jammu and Kashmir. They couldn’t move forward as the way was rigged with minefields and roadblocks. Even the tanks weren’t able to move.
- Rama Raghoba Rane and his company was tasked to clear the path for the battalion. The task became more onerous when Pakistani artillery started firing on his company which wounded soldiers.
- The Dogra battalion moved 13 kilometers before they witnessed a major roadblock. Rama Raghoba Rane drove a tank to the roadblock and started blasting the rock to create a path further. He worked non-stop for 17 hours and his contribution helped the Dogra Battalion to save a lot of time and Pakistan lost more than 500 soldiers.
- Rane remained with Army till his retirement and he retired as Major on 25th June, 1958. Even after retirement, he was employed as a civilian staff in Indian army.
- During his tenure with Indian Army, Raghoba Rane was mentioned in dispatches 5 times.
- Shipping Corporation of India named an oil tanker on Rama Raghoba Rane’s name which came into service in 1984. This was an initiative taken by the Ministry of Shipping to name 15 tankers on the soldiers who were conferred Param Vir Chakra.
- A statue of Rama Raghoba Rane was inaugurated alongside the INS Chapal Warship museum.