Lance Naik Karam Singh was born on 15th September 1915 in Barnala, Punjab. He joined army on 15th September 1941 in 1st battalion of Sikh regiment. He fought in WWII, where he received Military medal on 14th March 1944.
In the summer of 1948 Indian Army made substantial gains during the J&K operations in Tithwal sector. On 23 May 1948 Indian Army captured Tithwal. Enemies ran across to kishanganga in utter confusion dumping their weapons in the river. They soon recovered from this setback, re-organized and mounted a heavy counter-attack. The attack was so strong that the Indian forces had to withdraw from Kishanganga River. Indian troops regrouped at Tithwal to take on the enemy forces. Indian position was very strong at Tithwal. The enemy forces could not breach the Indian defense after months for fighting.
Enemy forces got desperate and launched a brigade level attack on the 13th October. The prime objective of this attack was to take Richhmar Gali back which was on the south of Tithwal and to confuse Indian forces by marching towards Nastachur Pass which was towards the east of Tithwal. Both of their missions failed badly. During their attempt to capture Richhmar Gali a bitter battle took place. They attacked heavily with mortar and guns. The attack was so severe that it caused damage to all most all the platoon area bunkers. The 1st battalion of Sikh regiment played a vital role in pushing the enemy forces back. At the time of the attack Lance Naik karam Singh was heading a forward outpost. Enemy forces attacked his post with heavy strength. They made eight attempts to capture Tithwal but were repulsed every single time by 1st Sikh regiment. Karam Singh Joined the main companies main position when the ammunition ran short. He was aware of the fact that there won’t be any reinforcements coming for their rescue due to the heavy shelling from the enemy side. In spite of being injured Lance Naik Karam Singh managed to bring back two injured soldiers with the help of his mate.
Lance Naik Karam Singh and his company were surrounded by enemy fire and it was impossible for them to break out. He crawled from one place to another motivating his troops to keep fighting. Whenever he saw that enemies were coming closer he would push them back with grenades. He was wounded twice but he refused to leave the post and kept fighting. The fifth attack by the enemy was very strong. Two intruders came very close to his post and it was impossible for him to take them out without accidentally hitting his own troops. So he jumped out of his position and killed those intruders in a hand-to-hand combat. This fearless act by Lance Naik Karam Singh completely demoralized the enemy forces and they pulled back the attack. The enemy forces made three more attempts to attack but Lance Naik Karam Singh and his troops stopped them. He was a great inspiration to his men and a terror for his enemies. Lance Naik Karam Singh was awarded with the highest wartime gallantry medal, PVC(Param Vir Chakra) for the outstanding courage and strength that he showed during the Tithwal battle.