Awardee List for the year 1969

A total of 52 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 2 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 7 | Vayu Sena Medal : 30 | Vishist Seva Medal : 13 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Mukkanamcharil Varkey Joseph 215745 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
Details :

215745 Corporal Mukkanamcheril Varkey Joseph Wireless Operator Mechanic (I) was a member of the helicopter ground crew which took part in the flood relief operations carried out by the Indian Air Force in Gujarat State during August, 1968.

Corporal M.V. Joseph has a thorough knowledge of wireless and radar equipment installed in the aircraft and their lay-out. During the operations, Corporal M.V. Joseph, because of his thorough knowledge, was able to detect and rectify quickly even complicated snags. After finishing the job pertaining to his trade, Corporal M.V. Joseph always volunteered and gave a helping hand in loading the helicopters replenishing fuel and oil and cleaning the aircraft though these jobs do not pertain to his trade and though this entailed his working from early morning to late into the nights. He thus helped his colleagues in reducing the turn around time of the helicopters to the minimum. In keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force, Corporal M.V. Joseph displayed an exemplary devotion to duty throughout the operations.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1969 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Vettukuzhyil Scaria Chacko Scaria 218931 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
Details :

218931 Corporal Vettukuzhyil Scaria Chacko Scaria Fitter Mechanical Transport was posted to one of the Air Force Signals Units on 9th April, 1967. He was among the first of the unit personnel to reach and stay at the remote technical site, where even basic amenities were scantly. His tasks included moving the very heavy and bulky power house equipment over long distance on difficult terrain, custody of these equipment and supervision of installation and check-out of the equipment. Lack of communication and other logistic facilities at the site as well as difficulties with the contractors rendered the task doubly difficult. Despite these difficulties, Corporal Scaria plunged into his task with great confidence, zeal and technical skill and working in close liaison with M.E.S. and contractors helped in the successful completion of the task in good time.

After installation, Corporal Scaria successfully trained other mechanics of the unit in the operation and maintenance of the complex power generating equipment. The various problems of maintenance were tackled successfully under his guidance. He has been a tower of strength to his colleagues.

His cheerful disposition and willingness to tackle all problems and the tremendous confidence he inspires, is in the best traditions of service. The responsibility he has shouldered has been much beyond the call of duty. He has set up good example of technical skill of high order and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1969 Number: 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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