Service No : IC-56980

Date of Birth : July 4, 1974

Place of birth : Ambala, Haryana

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 12 Bihar/AOC

Arm/Regt : Army Ordnance Corps

Awards : Maha Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : November 9, 1999

Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri MVC

Captain Gurjinder Singh Suri was born on 4th July 1974 in the Ambala district of Haryana in a military family. Son of an army veteran Lt Col T P Singh and Smt Surjit Kaur, Capt Gurjinder had a younger brother Randhir Singh. His grandfather, Subedar Gurbaksh Singh had participated in overseas campaigns during World War II and also during the wars in 1947-48 and 1962. His father Lt Col TP Singh Suri, a Sikh Light Infantry veteran, took an active part in the 1971 war with Pakistan in the Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Capt Gurjinder studied in Army Public Schools at military stations wherever his father was posted. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and serve in the Armed Forces since his childhood. Eventually, his dream came true and he got selected to join the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, in July 1993. He had opted for Sikh Light Infantry as his parental claim but owing to the paucity of vacancies at that time, he could not get the infantry regiment of his choice. On 7th June 1997, he got commissioned into the Army Ordnance Corps, the corps responsible for providing material and logistical support to the Indian Army during war and peace.

 

Operation ‘Birsa Munda’:  09 Nov 1999

 

During 1999, Capt Gurjinder Singh was serving with 12 Bihar (On attachment) and the unit was deployed in J & K, entrusted with the task of anti-terrorist operations. Captain Gurjinder was platoon commander of Ghatak team which was deployed on the Faulad post, located in the forward-defended area in Jammu & Kashmir. On 9th November 1999, the Pakistan Army launched an attack on the post, preceded by a heavy artillery bombardment. The Pakistani attack was repulsed and Capt Gurjinder deployed his men to deal with any reinforcements or interference by the enemy. But in a bid to put an end to frequent hostile actions by the enemy, Indian Army decided to launch a well-coordinated operation. The operation was called “Operation Birsa Munda”, an Indian tribal freedom fighter and folk hero who belonged to the Munda tribe and had spearheaded a tribal religious movement in the late 19th century, during the British Raj. Capt Gurjinder on 09 Nov 1999, then launched the operation as planned to clear the enemy bunkers one by one along with his comrades and in this process, one of his soldiers got injured badly.

 

Leading from the front, Capt Gurjinder dashed forward and killed two enemy soldiers with his AK 47 rifle and silenced the machine gun of the enemy. However, during the process, Capt Gurjinder received a burst of gunfire in his arm. Unmindful of his injury, he continued to lead his men and lobbed two hand grenades into a bunker. He then entered the bunker spraying bullets and killed one more enemy soldier. At this point, he was hit by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade and was critically wounded. Despite his injury, he declined to be evacuated and continued to exhort his men till he breathed his last. Displaying exceptional courage and military leadership Capt Gurjinder Suri was martyred at the age of 25 years in the service of the nation. In the operation a total of 17 enemy soldiers were killed, 14 bunkers were destroyed and a large number of arms and assorted ammunition were captured from the enemy post. Besides Capt Gurjinder Suri, the other martyred soldiers during the operation included Sepoy Manoj Kumar Singh VrC (Posthumous),  Sepoy Birendra Kumar, Mention-in-Despatches (Posthumous), and Lance Naik Birendra Nath Tiwari, Mention-in-Despatches (Posthumous). 

 

Capt Gurjinder displayed extraordinary bravery and fighting spirit in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. He was awarded “Maha Vir Chakra” and achieved the distinction of being the first officer from the Army Ordnance Corps to get the coveted award. Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri is survived by his father Lt Col T P Singh(Retd), mother Smt Surjit Kaur and brother Lt Col Randhir Singh.

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7 Comments
  • Saumitra Singh

    2022 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Salute to the braveheart

  • Siddharth Chatrath

    2022 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Saluting the brave heart ❤️

  • Ravi

    2022 at 7:39 pm Reply

    In reply to Sanjay M Tirdiya.
    Can anyone help me with the contact details of his father or any member if his family. Th

  • Soumyakanta pradhan

    2022 at 7:40 pm Reply

    In reply to Sanjay M Tirdiya.
    Salute to the young officer. Salute to the brave heart. We will remain indebted to ur valour forever. Jai hind.

  • Sanjay M Tirdiya

    2022 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I have the privilege to know the now martyred Captain Gurjinder Singh and his whole family. His father Col. T.P.Singh Sir was posted at Bhavnagar as a NCC Officer in the Army Wing.

    Gurjinder who was amongst the best friends of my younger brother Dharmendra Tirdiya.

    Unfortunately, I have learnt of his martyrdom today only from a social media post on Facebook shared by Gurjinder’s friend.

    I am saddened and humbled to learn about his martyrdom in Operation Vijay at Kargil ….

    Captain Gurjinder Singh Suri MVC, अमर रहे, अमर रहे ….!

    । शत शत नमन ।

  • Shivam Singh

    2022 at 7:41 pm Reply

    In reply to Philomina sam.
    I am proud of residing in a township named on Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri..GURJINDER VIHAR AWHO GREATER NOIDA.
    Saluting the brave man for his supreme sacrifice to the nation.
    Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Jai Hind …. Vande Mataram

  • Amarjit Singh padda

    2022 at 7:42 pm Reply

    In reply to Philomina sam.
    Janani janm bhumishat svrgajsi griasi

    I pay my homage and salute to Shahid Captain Gurjinder Singh who gave supream sacrifice for history mother land and who raised his parents and grandparents heads with pride
    I also salute his parents who gave birth. To this warrior.whole nation is proud to you .n

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