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2 Nagas martyred at the Battle of Walong, 1962

30 nov

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 30: Recently the Indian Army conducted a month-long diamond jubilee anniversary of the Battle of Walong in Arunachal Pradesh, beginning from October 17. It was inaugurated by Lt General RC Tiwari, AVSM, SM, GOC, Spear Corps, at Walong.
During the 1962 Sino-India war, the Indian Army gave a bloody nose to the Chinese in the Battle of Walong. According to reports, the soldiers halted the advancing PLA soldiers for 27 days, forcing them to sidestep the reserve division from Tawang sector to Walong.
Outnumbered by the enemy, with little ammunition and no resources, the Indian soldiers fought till the ‘last man, last round’.
As per accounts, there were at least two Naga soldiers among those ‘band of brothers’ who gave their lives at Walong: Jemadar C Ao and Rifleman TT Ao of the 2nd Assam Rifles. Their names, along with those of their fallen comrades, have been carved into the War Memorial honouring their sacrifice, it stated.
“This unknown tale would have been lost were it not be told by the legendary footballer Dr. T Ao’s youngest brother, Honorary Captain Rongsentemsu Ao (2nd Assam Rifles) who also fought in the Battle but was fortunate to be spared martyrdom”, it stated.
(Page News Service)