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Please join www.honourpoint.in, in remembering Naib Subedar Gurnam Singh on his "Day of Martyrdom" today.
Nb Sub Gurnam Singh hailed from Amritsar dist in #Punjab and belonged to Bombay Sappers of #IndianArmy. Awarded with nation's highest peace time gallantry award, #AshokChakra, Nb Sub Gurnam Singh was martyred on 23 Sep 1973 while saving the lives of his comrades in an operational exercise.
On the 23 Sept 1973, a demonstration was arranged by the College of Military Engineering for the visiting staff and student officers of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. One part of the demonstration was the actual firing of the Charge Line Mine Clearing, an explosive device for the clearing of enemy mine fields, which was recently introduced in the Army. Nb Sub Gurnam Singh was tasked to fire this explosive charge under simulated battle conditions and was assisted by a party of seven sappers in this task.
While Nb Sub Gurnam Singh was in the process of setting up and preparing the Charge Line Mine Clearing for firing, the tail initiator of the charge got prematurely actuated. He at once realized that the entire explosive was likely to blow up within 10 seconds. Realizing the danger to the lives of the men under his command, he immediately ordered them to run to a safe distance and he himself, in utter disregard of his personal safety set upon the hazardous task of uncoupling the actuated initiator to ensure the safety of the men and equipment.
But unfortunately, in spite of his best efforts and determination, he was not able to prevent the explosion within the few seconds, at his disposal. There was an explosion and Nb Sub Gurnam Singh was blown to pieces. Thus, in order to save the lives of the men under his command, Nb Sub Gurnam Singh made the supreme self sacrifice.
To read more about Nb Sub Gurnam Singh and post your tributes, please click on https://www.honourpoint.in/profile/naib-subedar-gurnam-singh-ac/. #IndianArmedForces , #Bravehearts, #BraveSonsOfIndia #HonourpointRemembers , #RememberingOurHeroes