Leading Seaman Chaman Singh Yadav 876000
Maha Vir Chakra
Leading Seaman Chaman Singh Yadav was born in village Gokulgarh, Rewari district, Haryana, on June 1, 1945. The village is 4 km from Rewari on Rewari-Jhajjar road. His father, Sri Nand Kishore was a farmer with a large family to support. After finishing his primary education in the village school, he studied up to matriculation in B. S. High School, Rewari. He was fond of swimming in school days. He joined the Indian navy on 12th June 1961. Chaman Singh Yadav got the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) award for displaying conspicuous gallantry during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, when he allowed his colleagues to escape and let himself be captured. He was released after liberation of Bangladesh. After retirement from Indian Navy, he joined a private Oil Company in Qatar. He has two daughters.
1971 India-Pakistan War: Leading Seaman Chaman Singh Yadav (C.D. 2) No. 876000 was a member of a ship which formed part of a force, entrusted with the task of attacking enemy targets in Mongia and Khulna areas during the period 8th to 11th December, 1971. The force was subjected to air attack while operating off Khulna and his boat was sunk. He was very badly wounded by shrapnel. The enemy shore defenses opened fire at the survivors, including an injured officers, who were finding it difficult to keep afloat. In spite of the injuries and unmindful of his personal safety, he went to their rescue and escorted them to the shore through heavy enemy firing. On reaching the shore, in spite of his wounds, he rushed back to the enemy exposing himself to the enemy thereby making it possible for his two colleagues to escape. Leading Seaman Chaman Singh Yadav was eventually overpowered and taken prisoner. On liberation of Bangladesh and surrender by the Pakistani forces, he was recovered and admitted to hospital. For his exceptional bravery he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) on December 8, 1971.