Param Vir Chakra winner Colonel Hoshiar Singh

Colonel Hoshiar Singh, son of Choudhary Hira Singh, was born on 05 May 1936 in village Sisana, District Sonipat, Haryana. Sisana is a big village on Rohtak - Sonipat road, about 25 km from Sonipat in Jat Family. This Jat dominated village has produced more than 250 soldiers for the Indian Army. His father was a respectable farmer and his mother Smt. Mathuri Devi, a kind-heated housewife. Col Hoshiar Singh got married to Smt Dhanno when he was still studying in the 7th class. This illustrious couple has three sons. After his schooling and one year's study at the Jat College, Rohtak, he joined the Indian Army as a soldier. He was commissioned as an officer in the Grenadiers Regiment on 30 June 1963. His first assignment as an officer was in NEFA. In the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he saw some action in the Rajasthan sector. In the Indo-Pak war of 1971, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on 17 December, 1971. Sh. Hoshiar Singh was promoted to the rank of Colonel before he retired from the Indian Army.
The steadfastness and dauntless courage displayed by Major Hoshiar Singh were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army, and his refusal to be evacuated despite his serious wounds was an act beyond the call of duty. He was honoured with the highest wartime gallantry medal of India, the Param Vir Chakra.
In these fierce battles, 2nd Lt Arun Khetrapal, of 17 Horse, working with 3 Grenadiers, was also awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously. The CO of the 3 Grenadiers, Lt Col V P Airy was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra.

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