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Brig Raghubir Singh who fought World War II dies at 99

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Brigadier Raghubir Singh, a Maha Vir Chakra awardee, passed away at the age of 99 years on Sunday due to old age-related illnesses. He is survived by his son Maj Sangram Singh Rajawat.

Born on November 2, 1923, in Soda village of Tonk district, Brig Raghubir Singh was commissioned on April 18, 1943, into the Sawaiman Guards as a Second Lieutenant and fought several wars including the Second World War.

He participated in the Burma war in 1944 and went to Japan to fight. Thereafter, he fought in the Indo-Pak war of 1947-48 in the Uri sector immediately after independence. During the war of North and South Korea in 1954, he was posted as chairman of the Neutral Nations Representative Commission (NNRC) as part of the peacekeeping force. During the 1958-59 Israel-Egypt war, he was part of the United Nations Emergency Force.

He was commanding his battalion, 18 Rajputana Rifles (later 11 Mechanised Infantry) during the 1965 Indo Pak war. Leading from the front, he proved to be an example for his men to follow, displaying excellent standards of bravery during the battle of Asal Uttar.

Maha Vir Chakra citation

As quoted in his Maha Vir Chakra citation, “In the Khemkaran and Asal Uttar Sector, the attack of the enemy was extremely violent. However, the soldiers of 18 Rajputana Rifles fearlessly confronted the Pakistan Army’s attack and destroyed 22 Patton Tanks of the enemy.”

“On September 9, 1965, under the able leadership of Raghubir Singh, his battalion successfully accomplished the mission and kicked out the Pak Army who had the suspicious motive of reaching Harike in Punjab.”

For this brave act, the then President of India, Dr S Radhakrishnan, honoured Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier) Raghubir Singh with Maha Vir Chakra, the second-highest gallantry award in the country.

During the 1971 Indo Pak war, he effectively handled the post of Provost Marshal in the Military police with the responsibility to look after one lakh Pakistani prisoners of war in the Bangladesh surrender camp.

 

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