Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill, the only Officer who Served all Three Defence Services Turned 100

Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill
Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill

A retired officer who served in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force celebrated his 100th birthday today. Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill (retired) is the only officer who served all three units of India’s defence services. He started his career in the pre-World War II era as a young pilot in the Royal Indian Air Force.

 Colonel Gill then sailed the high seas with the Indian Navy and later was a Gunner Officer with the Indian Army. The veteran served during World War II and the India-Pakistan war in 1965. Before retiring, Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill was a Sector Commander with the Assam Rifles in Manipur.

People on social media have been wishing the veteran who gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the camera on his birthday. “Congratulate Col. Prithipal Singh Gill who turns 100 today.

He bears the unique distinction of having served in all the three Armed Forces. Sir, wish you many more years of good health, and may you continue to always inspire all of us,” Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Tweeted


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