Rama Raghoba Rane,
PVC (26 June 1918 – 11 July 1994) was an officer in the
Indian Army. He was a recipient of the
Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military decoration.
Born in 1918, Rane served in the
British Indian Army during the
Second World War. He remained in the military during the post-war period and was commissioned in the
Bombay Sappers Regiment of the Indian Army's
Corps of Engineers on 15 December 1947. In April 1948, during the
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Rane played a key role in the capture of Rajauri by Indian forces by being instrumental in clearing several roadblocks and minefields. His actions helped clear the way for advancing Indian tanks. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on 8 April 1948 for his gallantry. He retired as a
major from the Indian Army in 1968. During his 28 years' service with the army, he was
mentioned in despatches five times. He died in 1994 at the age of 76.