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Subedar and Honorary Captain Karam Singh PVC, MM(15 September 1915 – 20 January 1993), an Indian soldier, was the first Sikh and non-posthumous recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (PVC), India’s highest award for gallantry.
Born in 1915, Singh joined the army in 1941. He took part in the Burma Campaign of World War II, receiving the Military Medal for his actions. He also fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, and was awarded the PVC for his role in saving a forward post at Richhmar Gali, south of Tithwal. He died on 20 January 1993.
Karam Singh was born on 15 September 1915 in the village of Sehna, Barnala district, in Punjab, British India. His father, Uttam Singh, was a farmer. Singh also intended to become a farmer, but he decided to join the army after being inspired by the stories of World War I veterans from his village.
On 15 September 1941, he enrolled in the 1st battalion of the Sikh Regiment. For his conduct and courage in the Battle of the Admin Box during the Burma Campaign of World War II, he was awarded the Military Medal. As a young, war-decorated sepoy, he earned respect from fellow soldiers in his battalion.