Service No : SS-37033H

Place of birth : Trivandrum (Kerala)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 158 Med Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Awards : Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : July 7, 1999

Captain Jerry Prem Raj VrC

Captain Jerry Prem Raj hailed from Venganoor village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. Son of Shri Retna Raj (who worked in the Department of Technical Education, Kerala) and Smt Chella Thayee (who worked in the Health Department of the government of Kerala), he had an elder brother Reginald Pavithran, who joined the IAF. Inspired by his brother, he too joined the Indian Air Force on 02 Feb 1990 before attaining the age of 18. In the Indian Air Force, he got trained as an instrument fitter and was posted to the Air Force base at Ambala after two years of training. From Ambala, he was sent for maintenance conversion flight training of Jaguar aircraft at the IAF base Gorakhpur. Meanwhile, he completed his degree from Kakatiya University in sociology and got selected as an officer in the Indian army.


After undergoing training in OTA Chennai, he was commissioned on 5th Sep 1997 into 158 Med Regt(Self Propelled) of the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat support arm of the Indian Army, well known for its booming field guns and howitzers.  The Regiment of Artillery raised on 28 September 1827, was initially raised as Bombay Artillery and was later renamed 5 Bombay Mountain Battery. In May 1857, the mutiny by Indian soldiers started in the artillery of the Army of the Bengal Presidency. The incident prompted a complete ban on Indian artillery units, except for the mountain artillery batteries in select provinces. The decision was reversed in the mid-1930s when the first of the Field Regiments of the Indian Army was raised, with the motto of ‘Sarvatra Izzat-O-Iqbal’ meaning ‘Everywhere with Honour and Glory’. As his first assignment, he was sent to serve with his unit 158 Med Regt at Meerut and thereafter he went for the Young Officers’ course. Soon Capt Jerry Prem Raj developed into a proud "gunner" as the officers from the Regiment of Artillery are called.


Battle of Point 4875 (Kargil War): 05-07July 1999


During the Kargil operation in the year 1999, Capt Jerry Prem Raj’s unit 158 Med Regt was deployed in the Drass sector of J&K. By the third week of May 1999, the legitimacy of the reports about Pakistani infiltration was proven and it had been established that the infiltration had been done on a large scale in various sectors, including the Drass area. The Indian Army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory and launched "Operation Vijay". By 05 July 1999, the Indian Army had carried out many successful operations and reoccupied various militarily significant positions. After the capture of the 'Tiger Hill' on 05 July 1999, the next major objective was to capture Point 4875, a feature that dominated the national highway from Mugalpur to Drass, a stretch of approximately 30 km. A feature called 'Rocky Knob' linked it with 'Tiger Hill' and provided an approach to the main administrative base of the enemy. Pt 4875 was divided into many parts which were held by the enemy and included Whaleback, Pimple 1 and Pimple 2, Pt 4875 Southern Slope, and Flat Top, and the Northern side was named as Twin Bumps and Saddle. The attack was planned in two phases with the elements of 17 Jat, 12 Mahar, 13 JAK Rif, 21 Para(SF), and 2 Naga. Capt Jerry Prem Raj was given the responsibility of functioning as the 'Forward Observation Post Officer' with the 2 Naga Battalion in this operation. 


In Phase-I, 17 Jat was to capture 'Pimple 1' and 'Whale Back' from the south by 05 July. 13 JAK Rif was to capture 'South Spur' from the southeast in the same timeframe. In Phase 2, 17 Jat battalion was to capture 'Pimple 2' and 13 JAK Rif was to capture 'Flat Top' by 07 July. 2 Naga battalion was to capture 'Twin Bumps' by first light of 07 July and exploit towards the northwest.  After the achievement of the objective in Phase 1, Phase 2 commenced on the night of 05/06 July with 2 Naga troops along with their Artillery element launching a fierce attack on enemy positions. During the assault, Capt Jerry Prem Raj searched, sought, and identified enemy positions and directed accurate artillery fire onto them with devastating effect. In this endeavor, he was shot by enemy sniper fire. Undeterred, he continued to bring down effective fire on enemy positions. However, he was again hit by a volley of enemy machine gun fire. Though severely wounded, he continued to direct accurate fire on the enemy until he succumbed to his injuries. Capt Jerry Prem Raj was a valiant and committed officer, who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Capt Jerry Prem Raj was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his commendable courage, leadership, and supreme sacrifice.


Capt Jerry Prem Raj is survived by his father Shri Retna Raj, mother Smt Chella Thayee, and brother Shri Reginald Pavithran.

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  • Biju

    2024 at 3:35 pm Reply

    I still remember him at my very young age in 99 when I along with my father visited his father-in-law Poomkulam Prasad sir’s house.It was just just got married.He came forward smiling and tried to interact and enquired the relation.It has passed 21 years…….

  • Air Cmde S K Srivastava

    2024 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Thanks Honourpoint for helping us in knowing the story of their sacrifice for our nation

  • Shyam B

    2024 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Vande matharam jai hind

  • Valsan Kunnath

    2024 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Capt.Jerry Prem Raj – Vir Chakra
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    “Some goals are so worthy, It’s glorious even to fail”
    You will never be forgotten and will always be Saluted for your Utmost Courage and Supreme Sacrifice.
    Jai Hind – Vande matharam.

  • Gopalakrishnan S

    2024 at 3:38 pm Reply

    In reply to Col M S Nigania, the then second in Commend of 158Med Regt(SP).
    It is so very good to see the Commanding officer himself posting about the bravery of the young officer who sacrificed his life for the nation.
    Thank you sir.

  • Col M S Nigania, the then second in Commend of 158Med Regt(SP)

    2024 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Capt Jerry was really a brave Officer who made his supreme sacrifice while fighting most crucial phase of OP VIJAY , that is, capture of Tiger Hill.He was honoured with gallantry award of Vrc.
    As recognition of supreme sacrifice by such a brave Gunner Officer, the main objective called Point 4875 was named as GUN HILL.
    158 Med Regt(SP)(KARGIL) has recently opened a heritage museum in which Capt Jerry’s photo finds a special place and gives a sense of pride to all of us of Ham Honge Kamyab(HHK)

  • Zubaida Khan

    2024 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Caption R Jerry Premraji was a very brave soldier a great son of India who though being mortally wounded kept firing till his last breath Salute regards and Honoure to the great martyr jai Hind

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