Awards for the year 1980


A total of 36 Awards are listed.
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Kuppuswamiar Chidambaram 3531 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Chandrakant Shridhar Naik 3499 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Lakshman Mohan Katre 3117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Edwin Peter 3667 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ripu Daman Sahni 3867 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde C V S S Row 4058 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Bharat Lal Verma 4206 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jugal Kapur 4044 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Krishna Narayan Pillai 4874 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran 4973 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Trilochan Singh 5043 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Shaurya Chakra
Cpl Vishwanath Sharma 291101 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 06 Dec 77 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On the 6th December, 1977, Corporal Vishwanath Sharma, who was returning to his unit after expiry of his Casual Leave, had to break his journey at Delhi Railway Station to catch a connecting train to Jodhpur. At about 1430 hours on that day, Sergeant Mange Ram of Air Force Station, Jodhpur, was passing through Company Bagh, opposite Delhi Railway Station, happened to notice two persons trying to pick the pocket of a person sleeping in the Company Bagh. On being challenged, both of them attacked Sergeant Mange Ram and pushed him into the hedge. Corporal Sharma, who happened to be there, rushed to his help. The Criminals, who tried to run away, were given hot chase by Corporal Sharma and Sergeant Mange Ram. One of the culprits named Gurdeep, whipped out a dagger and stabbed Corporal Sharma in the stomach. Corporal Sharma was immediately rushed to Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital by Sergeant Mange Ram and later to Military Hospital, Delhi Cantonment for intensive care on 17th December, 1977, where he succumbed to his injuries, the next day. The criminals were later nabbed by the police.

In this action, Corporal Vishwanath Sharma displayed exemplary courage, high sense of comradeship and undaunted determination.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Puran Chandra Singh Rautela 9576 AE(L)Unit : 33 SU  Award Date 11 Oct 78 Announced 26 Jan 80
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An aircraft was lost in October, 1967 in Kulkila Glacier area of Lahul-Spiti at the height of 15,000 and 18,000 feet. In October, 1978, Squadron Leader Puran Chandra Singh Rautela, VSM, volunteered to undertake the expedition to locate the wreckage and the body of the pilot. Despite adverse weather conditions, he undertook the journey as snow would have obliterated the traces of wreckage. On the way he saved the life of a Japanese tourist suffering from acute pulmonary edema at a height of 13,000 feet by offering him the limited oxygen available to the team. Though deserted by the majority of porters, he continued to lead the expedition under dangerous weather conditions with temperature at -30テつーC and wind speed of 50 knots. During the course of operation, on one occasion, he was buried to the neck-deep in loose snow. Inspite of this, he inspired confidence in the members of his team through personal example and carried on the expedition and ultimately discovered the wreckage of the aircraft lost nearly 11 years ago and carried the wreckage back to the base.

In this action, Squadron Leader Puran Chandra Singh Rautela displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Jagat Narayan Shukla 8548 ADMUnit : 7 P & S Flight  Award Date 25 Oct 78 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On 25th October, 78, a labourer Shri Mithoo Lal was buried alive approximately at a depth of 30 feet in a well of the Sewage Disposal System, under construction in the New Project Area of Air Force Station, Agra. No one was willing to undertake rescue operation for fear of being trapped as well. At about 1430 hours when Squadron Leader Jagat Narain Shukla learnt about the disaster, he rushed to the scene of the accident and informed Police and Fire Brigade. These agencies arrived promptly, but as the cave in was about 20' and the exact position where the labourer was buried, was not known, none was prepared to enter the well.

Realising the situation, Squadron Leader Shukla himself jumped into the pit and commenced rescue operations. On seeing his example some other labourers joined the rescue and Shri Mithoo Lal was rescued after four hours' effort.

The selfless act of courageous at the peril of his own life and hard struggle in hostile environment was at display at its finest and resulted saving of a human life, the life of a poor civil laborer, Shri Mithoo Lal.

In this action, Squadron Leader Jagat Narain Shukla displayed initiative, courage and determination of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr David Joseph Actest De Figueiredo 9844 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 24 Jan 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On the 24th January, 1979, Squadron Leader David Joseph Achates Defigueiredo was participating in a seven aircraft Republic Day Fly-past rehearsal formation. On completion of the rehearsal he rejoined circuit. As he commenced a descending turn to the left, a hydraulic malfunction occurred in the control circuit to the ailerons. The rate of roll to the left suddenly increased and Squadron Leader David Defigueiredo found that the control stick had jammed and could not be centralized. As the aircraft rolled on to its back the nose dropped into a spiraling descent. In such an uncontrollable situation, so close to the ground, the immediate, and entirely correct, reaction of most pilots would be to abandon the aircraft while adequate height was available. However, without losing his presence of mind, he continued to apply various corrective measures in order to save the precious aircraft. Finally, he could pull the aircraft out of its dive barely 600 ft. above ground level and brought it safely back to the base.

In this action, Squadron Leader David Defigueiredo displayed courage and determination, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Gulzarinder Singh Braich 8762 F(P)Unit : 119 HU  Award Date 14 Mar 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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During March, 1979, Lahul and Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh were subjected to heavy snowfall and avalanches which had disrupted all traffic to and from the valley and had considerable loss to life and property of the inhabitants. Squadron Leader Gulzarinder Singh Braich was detailed to undertake relief supply missions in the area. Undeterred by the adverse weather conditions and the consequent flying hazards, he flew eight sorties with 6,700 kilograms of supplies for the affected people.

Squadron Leader Gulzarinder Singh Braich thus displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Narinder Singh 8675 F(P)Unit : 48 Sqn  Award Date 26 Mar 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On 26th March 1979, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh was engaged in Ladakh. The dropping zone was located in a narrow valley surrounded by high ranging hills. The operation involved constant manoeuvring of the aircraft every close to the hills. During a critical turn at an altitude of about 13,000 feet, his aircraft developed an engine failure and started losing height and power rapidly. Squadron Leader Narinder Singh skillfully manoeuvred his aircraft and diverted it to advance landing ground at a distance of about 45 kilometers from the dropping zone and effected a safe landing with the help of only one engine. Squadron Leader Narinder Singh not only saved a valuable aircraft but ensured delivery of urgently required rations at the destination.

In this action, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh displayed professional skill, courage, determination and devotion to duty of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Manohar Pandurang Rane 9763 F(P)Unit : 104 HU  Award Date 01 May 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On 01 May 79, Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane was detailed to fly the Chief of the Staff from Halwara to Barnala and back. On completion of task, when he was flying the helicopter back to base, the rotor blade spacing cables broke and severed two of the three controls rods to the rotor head. This left him with no control over the attitude or descent path of the helicopter. He assessed the performance what little control remained and gradually managed to coax the aircraft into a slightly nose-up descent path. Realizing that he would not be able to slow down the descent rate, he shut down the engine as there was no other alternative. Unfortunately the helicopter crashed and caught fire and Squadron Leader Rane lost his life.

Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane thus displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Fg Off Atul Trivedi 13805 F(P)Unit : 10 Sqn  Award Date 08 May 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details : On 8th May 1979, Flying Officer Atul Trivedi was authorised to fly a Marut Fighter Aircraft for a training flight. About 10 minutes after take off while carrying out his briefed mission his aircraft suddenly developed tail vibrations and nose-down oscillations. Without losing his presence of mind, the officer analysed the situation quickly and discovered that both the main and the stand by trimmers were not functioning. He also noticed that the Radio-Telephonic communication System of the aircraft had also failed simultaneously and hence it was not possible for him to seek guidance and help of the flying control.

Flying Officer Trivedi handled multiple emergency situations with exemplary professional competence, returned to base without a radio telephonic system, carried out a flapless approach and landing at a speed of 200 knots and brought the aircraft to a halt without any further damage. Flying Officer Trivedi thus not only saved a valuable aircraft under circumstances of grave risk to his own life but also made it available for more valuable purpose of post accident investigation.

In this action, Flying Officer Atul Trivedi displayed exemplary courage, professional competence, undaunted determination and devotion to duty of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Inder Puri 6499 F(P)Unit : 43 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Wing Commander Inder Puri was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in May, 1962. Right from his initiation in service, his immaculate performance as a transport pilot became evident and it was recognised by the award of Vayu Sena Medal during the Kutch operation in 1965. Upto 1966, he had logged over a thousand operational hours to his credit.

He successfully completed the flying Instructor's course in 1967 and did valuable instructional tenures at Elementary Flying School, Air Force Flying College and Transport Training Wing, logging over a thousand instructional hours till 1971. For his outstanding contribution in training, he was awarded the commendation by the Air Officer CommandingテつュinテつュChief, Training Com mand, in August, 1971.

As Officer Commanding of the Air Delivery Flight during Indo-Pak conflict, 1971, he maintained a continuous life line for logistic and maintenance support to the front line Squadrons in the Eastern and the Western Sectors. For this act of outstanding devotion to duty, the officer was mentioned in 'Despatches'. In 1972, he was specially selected as a Captain and deputed to Air Wing of the Border Security Force. He was instrumental in organising the Air Wing of the Para-Military force and carried out difficult and, at times, onerous assignments satisfactorily. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Border security Force granted him an unpaid rank of Commandant during his tenure.

In 1975 Wing Commander Puri graduated from Staff College. In January, 1977, while at Headquarters Central Air Command, he was awarded n commendation by Air Officer CommandingテつュinテつュChief for his outstanding performance and professional ability for over 1800 hours of accident free flying since 1970. During the unprecedented floods in river Indus in August, 1978, by meticulous planning and, by inspiring his men in-spite of the vagaries of nature, difficult terrain and bad weather, he organised 270 relief sorties in one fortnight. He not only won the platitude of over 100 people evacuated from the jaws of death but of service. This performance proved that Leh was no longer a dreaded Station.

Wing Commander Inder Puri's contribution towards sports has also been outstanding. He captained the National Defence Academy Team (1960), represented Air Force for nearly a decade and represented service in the Ranji Trophy.

Wing Commander Inder Puri has thus displayed exceptional professional skill and ability, undaunted determination and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Anil Yeshwant Tipnis 5859 F(P)Unit : 23 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Wing Commander Anil Tipnis took over the command of an Air Force Squadron in July, 1977, when it was decided to phase out the Gnat and reテつュequip the Squadron with MiG-BIS aircraft. He was also required to move his Squadron to its new location. At the new location, while sorting out the numerous administrative problems relating to re-settlement he, simultaneously, undertook the task of equipping his unit with new aircraft. He formulated every detail concerning the collection of aircraft and the ground and test equipment, and organised his Squadron into an efficient unit for training of aircrew and technicians. It was due to his dedication and inspiring leadership that his fledgling Squadron accomplished the significant achievement of accident-free flying in the first year of its re-equipment and turned out five pilots fully operational and seven other pilots operational by day. Within a short period of nine months of its change over to MiG BIS aircraft, it was required to take part in the Western Air Command Armament Meet 'Arjuna 78'. Despite the limited experience of its personnel on the new aircraft, the Squadron displayed commendable performance at the Armament meet. The planning, organisational and manテつュmanagement capabilities of Wing Commander Tipnis have been above average. The commendable contribution of his professional competence is that he has maintained an accident free record right from the beginning. His unit has also achieved 100 % serviceability twice during this year.

Wing Commander Anil Tipnis has thus displayed high professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Michael McMahon 7399 F(P)Unit : TACDE  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Squadron Leader Michael McMohan was posted to tactics and Combat Development Training Establishment again in September, 1977. He had served in this establishment earlier during February 1973 to June, J975. In the later tenure, he was initially appointed as the Officer-in-charge Training where he implemented modifications in the Fighter Combat Leader training pattern with commendable results. In addition to the above charge, he took over as Officer-in-charge Development from January, 1978. The Establishment finalised Air Combat Tactics during that period and ensured completion of other development tasks allotted to the Establishment. Squadron Leader Michael McMohan was appointed as the Signal Unit Flight Commander in July 1978. During this tenure, he has ensured that despite the high risk exercises in the Establishment, the Flight Safety is maintained at its peak level.

Squadron Leader Michel McMohan has thus displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sivaramakrishnan Kalyanaraman 7704 F(P)Unit : HTS  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Squadron Leader Sivaramakrishnan Kalyanaraman was posted to Helicopter Training School in April, 1971. Within a period of ten months, he has flown 310 hours and has conducted two conversion courses and two ad-hoc conversion courses, without any suspensions. His excellent leadership has enabled the Helicopter Training School to complete a total of 3844:50 hours of accident/ incident free flying during 1977 as a result of which the school won the Headquarters Training Command Flight Safety Trophy. In November, 1978, the unit was called upon to send a detachment of two helicopters for Cyclone relief operation to Sri Lanka. The detachment, which was led by Squadron Leader Kalyanaraman, flew 163 missions and dropped over 1,00,000 pounds of food and medicine packets to the cyclone affected people. He himself flew 85 missions. During the relief operation, he had to put in nearly 18 hours every day for over a period of thirteen days.

Squadron Leader Sivaramakrishnan Kalayanaraman has thus displayed professional skill, high qualifies of leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Surjit Singh 8148 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Squadron Leader Surjit Singh has flown over 2500 hours during his 15 year of service. He has been a Flight Commander and Fighter Combat Leader for over four years and during that period he trained a large number of pilots to operational status. Since January, 1970, he has flown over 1600 hours in 2325 sorties on MiG aircraft. Throughout this period, he had an accident free record.

Squadron Leader Surjit Singh has thus displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kenneth Oswell John 8422 F(P)Unit : 43 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Squadron Leader Kenneth Oswell John, who was on the posted strength of an Air Force Squadron from February, 1976, to November, 1978, was employed on operational flying duties in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland areas. He was a keen flier and undertook arduous flying commitments at odd hours even at the cost of his personal comforts. He had flown 1,060 hours during such a short tenure in the unit. This is an achievement of this competence as a Flying (Pilot). He has to his credit a total of 3917 hours of flying, out of which 1340 hours were flown in operational areas. His zeal, hard work and high sense of devotion to duty, which had attained for him an above average professional standard, had been a source of inspiration for others.

He was assigned the responsibilities of Flight Commander, Squadron Detachment Com mander and Training Officer with a view to utilising his high flying abilities and experience. As Flight Commander, he introduced systematic working in the Flight Office which increased the efficiency of the aircrew and reduced their fatigue. As detachment Commander, he ably tackled all administrative and welfare problems of his men and prompted them by his personal example, to achieve high competence in flying. As Training officer, he raised the professional status of his pilots by his able guidance and intensive training schedule which improved the overall operational status of the unit.

Besides his contribution towards raising the flying standard, Squadron Leader Oswell John was also closely associated with the extra curricular activities of his Squadron. A keen sportsman himself, he always took active part in the sports activities and, consequently, his Squadron earned good name on the Station. His strong attachment to sports is evident from the fact that the officer collapsed on the field during the annual sports events from which he could not recover.

Squadron Lender Kenneth Oswell John thus displayed high professional still, leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sgt Raj Narain Choudery 280090 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details : 280090 Sergeant RAJ NARAIN CHOUBEY Electrical Fitter :

Sergeant Raj Narain Choubey was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in April. 1965. He has been serving at an Air Force Wing since October, 1977.

A Ten Ton Coles Crane had been lying at the Air Force Station for the last five years for want of repairs. With its rotten wiring and its unserviceable electrical components, it was not possible to put it back on load without proper know-how and wiring diagram. Local market is of no help. Realising that M/s Tractor India Ltd., the only firm dealing with this type of crane, had quoted Rs. 360/- per day, over and above the air fare from Calcutta and back as charge for their Engineer to survey the crane, it was decided to back-load the crane as beyond economical repairs.

It was at this stage that Sergeant Choubey volunteered to repair the machine. It was a remarkable achievement of his ingenuity that, single handedly, he completed all the wiring and repaired all the unserviceable electrical components of the crane. He, thereby, not only made available a reliable crane, an essential equipment for an Air Force Station, but also effected considerable saving in Government expenditure.

There was a high rate of unserviceability of MT Vehicles on the Station and most of the vehicles suffered from frequent breakdowns because of short circuiting and other electrical snags. In August, 1978, Sgt. Choubey undertook this uphill task. He set up an electrical bay in the Mechanical Transport Repair and Servicing and rigged up facilities, within local resources, for testing, fault finding and repair of almost all ranges of assorted type of Generator, Dynamos, Starters and Voltage Regulators. During his tenure not a single Voltage Regulator, Starter and Generator was sent for local repairs except for rewinding. Apart from saving considerable sum of public money, the delays normally caused due to repairs in the local market were avoided. Prompt and quick rectification helped in sustaining cent per cent serviceability of the electrical systems in the vehicles.

Sergeant Raj Narain Choubey has thus displayed very high professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vilampil Gopal 4520 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr R S Rana 5106 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr C G Mangal 5511 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr V K Singhal 5535 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr M A Rehman 5711 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S C Madan 5965 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr U S Mishra 6399 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr P D Menon 9133 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO M S Rawat 200315 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO P C Mathew 208592 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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