Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan shown exemplary courage on foreign soil
Lieutenant Ved Prakash was on deputation to UN peace keeping mission in Congo, Africa during 1962. On 29 December 1962, Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan was in command of a special patrol prior to an attack by the fourth battalion of Rajputana Rifles on an enemy position at a road junction in Congo. Lieutenant Trehan pushed forward with his patrol through dense jungle and reached about 100 yards from the enemy trenches where he came under intense machine gun and rifle fire. He then tried to manoeuvre to the right flank, but the patrol came under heavy enemy fire from that direction too. Lieutenant Trehan realized that the troops had been surrounded and decided to launch an all out daring attack on the enemy positions. In an act of great courage and determination Lieutenant Trehan managed to silence the enemy positions but in the process was mortally wounded. He was awarded Mahavir Chakra posthumously for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty displayed in the best traditions of Indian Army.
Lieutenant Ved Prakash Trehan was born on 14th December 1937 in Gurdaspur in Punjab. Son of Sri Rup Trehan, Lt Trehan was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles regiment at the age of 21 years, on 14 December 1958.