On September 7, 1965, N Madalai Muthu, a resident of Siruthaiyur in Lalgudi became the first soldier from Tamil Nadu to receive the Vir Chakra.
I witnessed Wing Commander Abhinandan shooting down Pak's F-16 aircraft: Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal
Agarwal became the first defence officer to get Yudh Seva Medal, which is awarded to recognise distinguished service of a high order during war, conflict or hostilities.
Wing Commander Abhinandan had shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-21 while they tried to attack Indian military targets but in the process his MiG-21 was hit and crashed in enemy area.
Varthaman, who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan, is set to fly MiG-21 within a few weeks as a medical board cleared his return to fighter cockpit.
Varthaman was taken off flying duties after sustaining injuries, while ejecting from his damaged Mig-21 fighter jet during an aerial dogfight with Pakistani F-16s on February 27.
Pilots involved in the Balakot air strike are also likely to be decorated with Vayu Sena medals.
The IAF officer could be recommended for a Vir Chakra, India’s third-highest war-time gallantry award.
One Pakistan Air Force fighter was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force when it tried to violate Indian air space.
Abhinandan displayed amazing poise and confidence in the face of adverse condition and it would be appropriate he be awarded the highest military honour, the CM wrote to PM Modi.