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Naik Patti Thapa IDSM

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Indian Distinguished Service Medal - Chindits Awards

Brigade

77th Ind Inf

Division

3rd Ind

Unit

3rd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Date of Recommendation

28th May 1944

Regtl. No.

605

Rank and Name

Naik Patti Thapa

Action for which recommended -

This NCO was in command of the left hand forward Section of Jemedar LALBIR GURUNG's Platoon on O.P. HILL at the HENU BLOCK.

On the night 8/9th April during the strong enemy attack on the position, the jungle scrub in front of the wire of his Section caught fire and blazed up furiously. Under intense fire from Mortars and artillery and LMGs this NCO accompanied by Lance Naik (illegible) THAPA left his bunker and moved down the exposed face of the  hill and cut away the scrub between his section position and the heavily bobby-trapped wire, to prevent the fire reaching his position. 
The light of the burning scrub made an obvious target to the enemy but his great courage prevented the fire reaching his position.

Throughout the succeeding seven days the enemy directed strong and accurate fire on his Section position which they had pinpointed, but his determination to hold his position, his inspiring example of firing Rifle and LMG alternatively and throwing Grenades in the teeth of shattering fire broke up determined enemy attempts to dig in 20 yards from his wire.

Throughout he had a smile and a cheerful word for everyone and his conduct was superb.

Dated 28 May 44 Field.

Recommended By

Lt-Colonel N.F.B. Shaw
3rd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Ind Inf Bde


Honour or Reward

Indian Distinguished Service Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd. 3 Ind.Div.

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 04.01.45)



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