Service No: IC-51523F

Date of Birth : Aug 29 1969

Place of Birth : Meerut, UP

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit: 9 Mahar/3 Mahar

Arm/Regt: The Mahar Regiment

Operation: Op Vijay (Kargil)

Date of Martyrdom : 13 Jun 1999

Major Manoj Talwar

Maj Manoj Talwar hailed from Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh was born on 29 August 1969. Son of an army veteran Captain PL Talwar (Retd.) and Smt Usha Talwar, Major Manoj spent his childhood in Kanpur where his father was posted. Maj Manoj’s family was staying near the army cantonment which kindled his interest in the armed forces. After school, he would daily go to the nearby parade ground and watch the soldiers practice their drills. He would also often wear his father’s uniform and proudly show it to his friends. He translated his desire into action and consequently got selected to join the NDA. Though he got selected to join AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College) also, he decided to become an Infantry officer and joined the NDA.


 A third generation army officer, Maj Talwar was  Commissioned in 1992 into the third battalion of Mahar Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its valiant soldiers. After passing out of the academy, Major Talwar served at various challenging operational areas of  Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast. In Feb 1999 he was attached to 9 Mahar battalion deployed at Saltoro ridge in the southwest of Siachen Glacier.


Kargil War: 13 Jun 1999


During Jun 1999, Maj Manoj Talwar was serving with 9 Mahar battalion deployed in Siachen Glacier. During that time the Indian forces under the command of 8 Mountain Division and 3 Infantry Division were in thick of operations against the Pakistani forces on the east as well west of the Zojila pass along the LOC. Consequently, the enemy activity in Siachen area also had increased considerably to put pressure on the Indian Forces. The troops were undertaking aggressive paroling of the area to thwart any attempt by the enemy to intrude or threaten the Indian posts. Maj Manoj Talwar was leading one such patrol on 13 June 1999.


Besides the enemy threat, Maj Manoj Talwar and his men had to brave the extreme terrain and weather conditions. The patrol had to traverse through barren and rugged terrain while negotiating icy slopes and dangerous crevices. The terrain and visibility conditions made it difficult for Maj Manoj Talwar and his troops to spot the enemy soldiers and to make the matters worse, the enemy often resorted to long-range artillery firing. As Maj Manoj Talwar was leading his team he got hit by enemy fire and was wounded seriously. Despite his injuries, Maj Manoj Talwar directed his troops to retaliate and put up a brave fight. However, he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.


Maj Manoj Talwar was a valiant soldier and a determined officer who led his men from the front like a good military leader. He displayed courage, grit, and leadership of a very high order and laid down his life at the age of 29 years in the service of the nation.

“I will return only after teaching a lesson to the enemy” were the last words of Major Manoj Talwar as he took leave from his mother on June 1 and left for Siachen, where he was martyred.

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  • Gaurav bhati

    2018at3:11 am Reply

    There,s scarcity of words in our dictionary to give tribute to these legends these are real herores of our country , they inspired us to do the duty tat we are there for ….from my side a huge respect and salute to this great martyr and will assure them that their sacrifice will not go in wain n we people will follow your footsteps to guard our country from enemies and will always remember your sacrifice sir …Jai hind …

  • Nischal Sood

    2019at3:21 pm Reply

    Manoj, my dear friend & coursemate…. Am sure you must be having a good time up there…. Miss you

    • Dr. Oshin

      2020at10:22 pm

      Thankyou for your kind workds He is the pride of our family.

    • Oshin

      2021at12:12 am

      Good evening sir I am his niece. So glad to know you were his coursemate. Would love to know more about his army days from you.

  • Mahesh Maheshwari

    2020at11:34 pm Reply

    We Indians are a privileged lot because of having you and your likes in our side. Your bravery is mind blowing and an inspiration.

  • Naresh Sodhi

    2020at6:28 am Reply



  • Deepali Borate

    2021at3:24 pm Reply

    Thank you for your service and bravery. Our generation would never forget the sacrifices made by the families of Soldiers from Kargil. I still remember the every day hearing the loss of our own people and feeling disheartened. But even as a child I knew our army would protect us. Many sacrifices made by people like Manoj Talwar and their families have helped a whole generation with better and secure future, inspired us to do more for our countries. He is not only Pride of the Family but our nation. Thank you for your service.
    Jai Hind !

  • NP Singh

    2021at11:58 am Reply

    Remembered by all his coursemates on the day he laid down his life…Stay blessed wherever u are Manoj

    • Dr. Oshin

      2021at12:16 am

      Thank u for sharing your memories with him I am his niece and would love to know more about his time in the army as a cadet.

  • Vikram Gera

    2022at12:23 am Reply

    Dear Manoj..
    All coursemates salute your valour…
    Til we meet again buddy..

  • Dr. Oshin Talwar

    2022at4:15 am Reply
  • Rajesh Talwar B/o Maj Manoj Talwar

    2022at6:34 pm Reply

    We are celebrating 75th Independence year due to valour of our Freedom Fighters and such gallant soldiers who are protecting the country from Enemy outside and within…
    The least we all can do is to be truthful to oneself and inturn to the nation, honour our Brave hearts by ensuring the pride of India attains further Glory in the World on the footsteps of these……
    Ae mere watan ke logon, jara aankhon me bhar lo paani …

  • Nitin talwar

    2023at6:43 am Reply

    Jai hind salute to you sir

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