Brigadier V P Airy
 
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Brigadier V. P. Airy  Maha Vir Chakra   IC-7750

Brigadier V P Airy was born in Karnal, Haryana on 10 March, 1935. His father's name was Sh Ganga Bishan Airy. Brigadier Airy did his schooling from Government School, Karnal and then joined Dayal Singh College, Karnal as a non-medical science student. While still in his second year in the college, he was selected to join the National Defense Academy (NDA) in July, 1952. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in 3 Grenadiers on 3rd June, 1956.

He served in the same battalion, the 3 Grenadiers from his commissioning to commanding it from 1971 to 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During this period he served in Nagaland, in NEFA in 1962 India-China War, in Jammu and Kashmir and in the Western Sector during the 1971 India-Pakistan War. Brigadier V. P. Airy is happily married with two sons and a daughter. His eldest son joined the Indian Army after passing from National Defense Academy.

1971 Indo-Pak War: Brigadier V P Airy commanded the 3 Grenadiers in the Shakargarh sector. His battalion put in three successful attacks, the last one being the famous 'Battle of Basantar'. The Pakistanis launched a total of seven counter attacks, most of them supported by tanks, to capture the lost ground. But the brave 3 Grenadiers, under the able command of Brigadier Airy, stayed put in the area of Jarpal and Lohal villages of Pakistan. Brigadier Airy displaying utter disregard to his personal safety as he went from trench to trench motivating the officers and soldiers under his command. These were fierce battles in which four highest gallantry awards for bravery were won by our side. One Param Vir Chakra went to Major Hoshiar Singh of the same battalion, and another Param Vir Chakra was awarded posthumously to 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetrapal of 17 Horse, who too was working under the command of the then Lieutenant Colonel  V P Airy. For his bravery, able leadership and bold determination in this battle, Brigadier V P Airy was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra in 1971.

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