31-12-2003: Major Somnath Sharma (First recipient of Param Veer Chakra) First Day Cover (FDC)


Somnath Sharma, PVC was an Indian military officer. He was the inaugural recipient of India’s highest military honor, the Param Vir Chakra, which he was awarded posthumously. On 31 January 1923, Somnath Sharma was born in a Brahmin family in Dadah, Kangra, Punjab, now part of Himachal Pradesh. His father Amar Nath Sharma also served in the army. Somnath Sharma graduated from the Royal Military College on 22 February 1942. He was commissioned into the 9th Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment of the British Indian Army. In honor of the bravery of Somnath Sharma, the Indian Postal Department released Major Somnath Sharma’s First Day Cover.

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