M. S. Chaudhary
Major M. S. Chaudhary was born on 7th May, 1930 in village Dudaldhan Majra, about 40 km from Rohtak, district Jhajjar, Haryana. His father was Chaudhary Partap Singh, a PCS officer in the joint Punjab and his mother was Smt Sahib Kaur. He lost his father at the age of seven and was brought up by his maternal uncle Major Ameer Singh, a former minister of Haryana. Major Chaudhary was commissioned in the Indian Army on 9th December, 1956 and was promoted to the rank of Major in 1962. He was married and had two children, a son and a daughter.
1962 India-China War
In this war he was posted with 9 Panjab. On 9th October, 1962, Major Chaudhary was ordered to establish a post with two platoons at Sinjang, north of the log bridge in NEFA Sector. On 10th October his post was attacked by a large Chinese force of about a battalion strength. His post did not have sufficient time to dig in and prepare defenses, but Major Chaudhary stood his ground. His men only had light arms and did not have sufficient ammunition, yet they managed to keep the enemy at bay for more than 9 hours. On being ordered, he successfully withdrew his men south of the log bridge. Although wounded, Major Chaudhary refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his men in the subsequent operation on the 20th of October. In this action he was able to inflict more than 100 casualties on the enemy and was later killed. Major M. S. Chaudhary displayed courage and leadership of the highest order. For his bravery he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) on 20th October, 1962.
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