Hyderabad: Former General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Rising Star Corps Lt Gen Y V K Mohan has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) after his retirement.

Lt Gen Y V K Mohan, who is already a recipient of AVSM, VSM, and SM retired on December 31, 2020. The officer, who belonged to the Gorkha Regiment, retired as Commandant Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

Earlier he was GOC of 17 Mountain Division. Later he commanded the Rising Star Corps.

He was commissioned in the Army in 1981. He was posted with the 7th battalion of 11 Gorkha rifles. He was also the commandant of National Defence College, Delhi. Early in his career he has served in the Ladakh, Siachen Glacier and Sikkim.

Earlier, the Lt General has been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

Apart from Lt Gen Y V K Mohan(Retd), Lt Gen T S A Narayanan, Commandant Military College of EME has been awarded AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medal).

Captain Arjun Deshpande has been awarded, Sena Medal. He is also from 16 Bihar.

Major K Srinivas Reddy, 55 RR also from Hyderabad also got Bar to Sena Medal (Sena Medal for the second time).

Col Sanjeev, who got Sena Medal earlier, has now got Vishisht Sena Medal (VSM)

Also, Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu, Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar, who was killed in a violent face-off with the Chinese army at the Galwan valley has been awarded Mahavir Chakra, the second-highest battle honour.

Colonel B Santosh Babu was deployed in Galwan Valley (Eastern Ladakh) during Operation Snow Leopard, was tasked to establish an Observation Post in face of the enemy. Organising and briefing his troops about the situation with a sound plan, he successfully executed the task.

While holding the position his column faced stiff resistance from the adversary who attacked using lethal and sharp weapons along with heavy stone pelting from adjoining heights. Undaunted by the violent and aggressive action by the overwhelming strength of enemy soldiers, the officer in the true spirit of service before self, continued to resist the enemy's attempt to pushback Indian troops.

In the skirmish that broke out and ensuing hand to hand combat with enemy soldiers, he valiantly resisted the enemy attack till his last breath, inspiring and motivating his troops to hold ground.

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