DESMOND SWITZER, L/STD
SHAURYA CHAKRA
Award
SHAURYA CHAKRA
Year of Award
1959
Service No.
63364
Unit
INS Angre
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
PUNE

Citation

DESMOND SWITZER, LEADING STEWARD (63364)

                    In October 1958, near Anakapalle, a town about 20 miles from Vizagapatam, three rivers (Mallagedda, Saradaand Gokiwada Gedda) flowing parallel and fairly close to each other had overflowed their banks and turned into a single fast-flowing stream, inundating several villages and marooning a number of others.

                    On 23rd October 1958 Leading Steward D. Switzer was detailed to be in charge of a motor dinghy employed on rescue operations. The dinghy’s motor failed after some time and there were many marooned persons still to be rescued. Leading Steward Switzer volunteered to continue the rescue operation by pulling the boat himself without the help of the motor. Fully aware of the great risk he ran of being swept away in the heavy current, he insisted on carrying out the hazardous operation. Without any respite he continued pulling the dinghy for more than two hours until he was on the verge of collapse, and succeeded in rescuing and bringing back about 40 persons and a large quantity of supplies.

                   Leading Steward Switzer by his selfless action and endurance set a fine example of courage and endurance set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Navy.

DESMOND SWITZER, L/STD