Kumaon Regiment

Major Somnath Sharma – First Param Vir Chakra Awardee

Various authors

Editor's note: The Param Vir Chakra is India's highest military decoration for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

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This section is adapted mainly from the official Indian Army account and the Better India "India's largest positive news platform"(with permission). It also uses a limited amount of information, on a fair-use basis, from Claude Arpi's blog (no response from him)

ajor Somnath Sharma was born on 31 January 1923 at Dadh in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.  His father, Amar Nath Sharma, was a Major General in the Indian Army who later became the first director general of India's Armed Medical Services.

As a young boy, he spent time with his maternal grandfather Pandit Daulat Ram in Srinagar. His favourite pastime was listening to his grandfather's on the Bhagavad Gita. This influence of Krishna's teachings to Arjun were to remain with him forever.

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