On July 3, the nation remembered Brig Mohammed Usman whose courage and leadership continue to inspire men-in-uniform, generation after generations. A day-long martyrdom function was organised at DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi to mark the 58th death anniversary of this war hero.
Over half a century back, Brig Usman died saving Jhangar from a Pakistani attack in 1948. He was awarded a posthumous Maha Vir Chakra for his role in the 1947-48 operations. He was in command of 50 Independent Para Brigade when he defeated a numerically superior enemy force in Naushera effecting a virtual turn-around in the J & K campaign. He met a heroic death when he was only 36.
To commemorate the martyrdom of Brig Usman, a series of special functions was organised including a wreath-laying ceremony at his grave in Jamia Millia, felicitation of his family members and screening of a film based on his life. Among those who were present on the occasion include Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Army Chief, Gen JJ Singh, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman and Colonel of the Perachute Regiment, Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma. Defence Minister said similar functions would be organised to honour other heroes of the 1947-48 operations.