Lieutenant Colonel S S Randhawa IC-2658
Maha Vir Chakra
Lieutenant Colonel Sardul Singh Randhawa was born on 10th October, 1925 in Ambala Cantonment. His grand father and father, both had served in the army. He joined his father's regiment as 'Y' Cadet and got his commission on April 28, 1946. Later he joined the 16 Punjab Regiment (now in Pakistan). He served with a Gorkha Battalion in 1948 and 1949 and was awarded 'Mention-in-Dispatches'. He was subsequently posted to 14 Jammu & Kashmir Military (Ladakh), now known as 14 Ladakh Scouts. He served in Ladakh until 1969 and later served in Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram from 1970 to 1973 and retired from the Indian Army in 1973. He shifted to Faridabad (Haryana) after retirement, and got a job in a public company.
1962 India-China War: Major Sardul Singh Randhawa, 14 Jammu & Kashmir Military (Ladakh), now known as 14 Ladakh Scouts, was in command of Srinagar Sector H Q and troops deployed in the area of Kara Koram Pass and Chip Chap River in Northern Ladakh. On October 17, 1962 reports of heavy Chinese concentration opposite our post Chandani started coming in. This concentration of Chinese was so heavy that it posed a threat to entire area of Chip Chap and Kara Koram. On October 20, 1962, Major S S Randhawa led reinforcements at 0530 hours in biting cold and arrived at Track Junction about ten miles from Daulat Beg Aldi on the Depsang Plains. Endangering his own security he personally went round the Depsang Plains and picked up several survivors, selected new positions and stabilized the situation against heavy Chinese concentration. For this distinguished and devoted gallant work, in spite of danger to his own life, in operations against Chinese aggression, where cold climate and terrain was encountered, Major Sardul Singh Randhawa was awarded Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) on 20th October, 1962.