Francis Tiburtius Dias
|Born||4 October 1934|
|Died||26 January 2019 (aged 84)|
Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai
|Years of service||1954-1992|
|Unit||11th Gorkha Rifles|
|Commands held||Chief of Staff Southern Command|
|Battles/wars||Indo-Pakistani War of 1965|
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
|Awards||Param Vishisht Seva Medal|
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
|Relations||His Eminence Ivan Dias Dr Olaf J Dias, Mr Ralph J Dias|
The citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Tiburtius Dias was commanding a battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles during the operations against Pakistan in the Eastern Sector. On 12 December 1971, he was ordered to capture a well prepared position held by an enemy infantry battalion. Again, on 13 December, the battalion was assigned the task of capturing two bridges held by the enemy in strength. And finally on 14 December 1971 the battalion was assigned the task of capturing a portion of Bogra Town. Under his leadership, the battalion carried out all the tasks successfully, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. After contacting the enemy defences at Mahasthana, he infiltrated between the enemy's forward defended localities, raided the enemy battalion headquarters, and captured the officer commanding along with other officers. He also thwarted enemy efforts to blow up bridges. It was due to him that the battalion contributed to a great extent in clearing Bogra Town and taking a large number of prisoners.
Throughout this operation, Lieutenant Colonel Dias displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.
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- Gazette Notification: 94 Pres/72,19-8-72; Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily; Date of Award: 12 Dec 1971