CHANDIGARH: The last of the 1971 Indo-Pak war veterans, Lt Gen S R Ghosh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command, today retired after a distinguished service spanning over four decades.
After solemn wreath laying ceremony at war memorial Veer Smriti at Chandimandir near here, Lt Gen Ghosh, remarked in the Veer Smriti Visitor Book "as the last veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, I hang up my uniform and pay my solemn gratefulness to our brave soldiers who laid down their lives for our tomorrow".
A Guard of honour was also presented to Lt Gen Ghosh, a defence release said here.
Ghosh, an alumnus of St Josephs, Nainital and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, was commissioned on November 14, 1971 and immediately participated in Indo-Pakistan war in J&K.
Besides commanding one of the oldest battalions of The Brigade of The Guards, Ghosh has commanded an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, an Infantry Division, The Mathura-based Strike Corps and the prestigious Western Army from where he retired today.
He also served in various important staff appointments and has had the distinction to serve as the Defence and Military Attache at Washington, USA.
Lt Gen Ghosh was awarded the Sena Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.