Forgotten Hero – Havildar Abdul Hamid.There are many heroes which has made our country proud whether during India's freedom struggle or in war. We remember only some leader or heroes who were famous but seldom have we remembered those heroes who have equally played their role but did not become so famous to get remembered very often.
Yes, the man who destroyed seven US made Pakistani Patton tank with his 106mm recoilless guns mounted on his Jeep. Such was his bravery that he was awarded military's highest award "Param Verr Chakra" posthumously.
It was 10 September 1965, 8 am in the morning when Pakistan launched an attack with a regiment of Patton Tanks in the Khem Karan sector. Realizing the dangerous situation, Havildar Abdul Hamid, moved out with his gun mounted on jeep. Very cleverly he used to hide and change his position and this way he alone destroyed the 7 Patton tanks which was a pride of Pakistan then. While doing so he was injured by enemy's explosive shell died while saving the motherland.
Today his birthday, let's salute the soldier who not only made himself and his regiment but entire nation's proud with his bravery