Rama Raghoba Rane

Rama Raghoba Rane
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Born(1918-06-26)June 26, 1918
Haveli, Karnataka
Died11 July 1994(1994-07-11) (aged 76)
Service/branchIndian Army
Years of service1940–1968
Service numberIC-7244[1]
UnitBombay Sappers
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1947
AwardsParam Vir Chakra

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.

Early life

Rama Raghoba Rane was born on 26 June 1918[2][3] in the village of Haveri in the Karwar district of Karnataka. He was the son of Raghoba. P. Rane, a police constable from Chendia village of North Kanada district in Karnataka.[4] Rane's early education, mostly in district school, was chaotic due to his father's frequent transfers. In 1930, he became influenced by the Non-Cooperation Movement, which agitated for Indian independence from Great Britain. His involvement with the movement alarmed his father, who moved the family back to their ancestral village at Chendia.[5]