Check out Major Dhan Singh Thapa biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his display of immense bravery during the Indo-China war (1962)
- Name- Major Dhan Singh Thapa
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra
- Contribution- Fought bravely during the Indo-China war in 1962
- Unit- 1/8 Gorkha Rifles
- Rank- Lieutenant Colonel
- Important dates
- Birth- 10th June, 1928
- Death- 5th September, 2005
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Shimla, Himanchal Pradesh
- Place of Death- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
- Education- NA
- Father- P. S. Thapa
- Mother- NA
- Siblings- NA
- Wife- Mrs. Shukla Thapa
- Son- NA
- Daughter- Poornima Thapa and Madhulika Thapa
- Daughter-in-Law- Anushree Thapa
Lesser known facts
- Major Dhan Singh Thapa was born into a Nepali family in the picturesque town of Shimla.
- During the Indo-China war of 1962, an outpost was established by Indian Army at Srijap which was at the Northern bank of the Pangong Lake. This post was strategically important to save the Chushul Airfield.
- The D company under the leadership of Major Dhan Singh Thapa and with 28 men was tasked to safeguard an area spread over 48 square kilometers.
- During the month of October, the Chinese side increased its activity near the area setting up three outposts surrounding the Srijap 1 post guarded by Thapa’s company. A huge deployment of Infantry on 19th October, 1962 by China made it crystal clear that an attack is imminent. Major Thapa ordered his men to dig trenches deep and fast.
- On the early morning of 20th October, the Chinese attack happened with heavy artillery fire. With no counter support of artillery from Indian side, Major Dhan Singh Thapa and his men had to wait it out. The artillery attack helped the Chinese men to move as close as 150 meter in the vicinity of Indian outpost at Srijap.
- Seeing enemy within the firing range, the Indian soldiers unleashed bullets at the enemy and killed several Chinese soldiers. But, the odds were never in their favor. The continued artillery attack also killed several Indian men. When the Chinese came within 50 yards of the outpost, Indian soldiers used hand grenades and small arms to inflict further damage.
- Major Dhan Singh Thapa kept moving place to place adjusting troop positions and boosting the morale of his men. When his ammunition was exhausted, he jumped into the trench and killed several intruders in hand to hand combat before being overpowered. He was captured as prisoner of war (PoW). The Indian Army got to know much later that Thapa was alive and has been taken as PoW.
- The tales of Major Thapa and his company is a legend. Several roads in states like Shillong, Assam and Nepal are named after this brave Gorkha.
- He was released from the Chinese captivity after the end of war and served his later years with Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Post retirement, he served as a director in Sahara Airlines for a brief period and settled with his family in Lucknow.
- The Shipping Corporation of India named a cargo vessel on Major Thapa’s name to honor his legacy. The cargo commenced its operations in 1984 and was phased out after 25 years of operation.