Some Lesser Known Facts About Yogendra Singh Yadav
- Does Yogendra Singh Yadav smoke?: Not known
- Does Yogendra Singh Yadav drink?: Not known
- At the age of 16 years and 5 months, he joined Indian Army as a Sainik.
- He was married for only 15 days when he reported for National duty during Kargil War.
- On 12 June 1999, his battalion captured Tololing Top, and in the process, 2 officers, 2 junior commissioned officers, and 21 soldiers sacrificed their lives.
- He was a part of the Ghatak Platoon and was assigned to capture Tiger Hill on the night of 3/4 July 1999.
- The platoon had to climb 1000 feet of a vertical, steep, snowbound and rocky section of Tiger Hill to reach the top. He volunteered to lead and fix the rope for his team. On seeing the team, the enemy opened extreme automatic grenade, rocket and artillery fire. The Commander and two of his colleagues died in the firing and the platoon was stalled.
- He then crawled up to the enemy position in tranquillity, and in the process, he sustained multiple bullet injuries. He continued climbing in the forward direction towards the enemy positions, lobbed grenades, continued firing from his weapons and executed four enemy soldiers in a close combat. Despite multiple bullet injuries, he refused to be evacuated and continued. Inspired by his valorous act, the platoon charged on the other positions with thunder and captured Tiger Hill Top.
- He survived 17 bullets on his body; with one bullet piercing through his heart, during the Tiger Hill Operation. “I had sustained 12 bullet wounds on my arm, legs. An enemy soldier also took an aim at my chest and fired a bullet, but it ricocheted off the Rs 5 coins I had kept in my pocket,” Yadav told the PTI there.
- The Param Vir Chakra was announced for him posthumously, but soon it was found that he was recovering in a hospital and there was another soldier with his namesake in the company who was martyred during Kargil war.
- There are only three living recipients of the Param Vir Chakra Award: Yogendra Singh Yadav, Bana Singh and Sanjay Kumar.
- Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav became the example of the most evident valour, invincible gallantry, and determination under extreme adverse circumstances.
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