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The only officer to serve in the Indian Navy, Air Force and Army turns 100

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | December 11, 2020 11:08 PM

CHANDIGARH: Col Prithipal Singh Gill, THE only officer to serve in the Indian Navy, Air Force and Army today turns 100. He is healthy and will live long.

Col Prithipal Singh Gill (without the consent of the family) joined the Royal Indian Air Force and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer and stationed at Karachi, flying Howard aircrafts. Flying was then considered unsafe and his family did not want their son to live the life of a Pilot. This is when a British General, known to the Gill family, Gen Savoy, came to his help and was able to have Pilot Officer  Prithipal Singh transferred to the Indian Navy, where he served on a mine sweeping ship and later on INS Teer which was a Navy  escort Ship for cargo ships during  World War 2.  As a Naval Officer, Sub Lt Prithipal Singh was detailed to  attend the Long  Gunnery Staff Course at School of Artillery, Devlali, and he qualified as an Instructor in Gunnery (IG).

He then sought a transfer to the Army, which was approved, and he was posted to "Gwalior Mountain Battery" equipped with 5.4 inch Howitzers. He later served with 34 Medium Regiment and later raised and Commanded 71 Medium Regt.
During the 1965 Indo-Pak War four guns of his Regt were cut off by enemy action. Lt Col Prithipal Singh Gill personally led a successful mission to retrieve the four guns. On promotion to the rank of Col,   Pirthipal Singh, Commanded an Assam Rifles Sector in Ukhrul, Manipur.

After his exceptionally chequered career in the Royal Indian Air Force , Indian Navy and the Indian Army (Artillery),   Col Prithipal Singh Gill finally retired to farming the family lands at his native village Pakhi in Faridkot District.

An exceptional life indeed.

Today the 11 Dec 2020, Col Prithipal Singh Gill, will turn 100. Wishing Col Prithipal Singh Gill a very Happy 100th Birthday.

His address. Col Prithipal Singh Gill, House No 2576/Sector 35 D, Chandigarh.

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