VoW 2019 - Speaker
Maj. Gen. Ian Cardozo
Major General Ian Cardozo was born in Mumbai and studied at St Xavier’s School and College. In July 1954, he joined the Joint Services Wing which later became the National Defence Academy. Here he was the first cadet to win the gold medal for being the best all-round cadet and the silver medal for being first in order of merit. He was commissioned at the Indian Military Academy into the 1st Battalion the Fifth Gorkha Rifles (FF) in 1958 and was the first officer of the army to be awarded the Sena medal for gallantry on a patrol in NEFa in 1960. Wounded in the battle of Sylhet in Bangladesh in 1971, he overcame the handicap of losing a leg and became the first officer to be approved for command of an Infantry Battalion. He retired in 1993 from his appointment as Chief of Staff of a corps in the East. He is the author of The Sinking of INS-Khukri: Survivor’s Stories, The Bravest of the Brave: The Extraordinary Story of Indian VCs of World War I, In Quest of Freedom: The War of 1971 – Personal Accounts by Soldiers from India and Bangladesh,Param Vir: Our heroes in Battle and Illustrated war stories on the Param Vir Chakra.