Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill (retired) is the only Indian officer who served all three units of India’s defence services. He turned 100 on 11 December.
He began his career during the pre-World War II era as a young pilot in the Royal Indian Air Force. Colonel Gill then served the nation with Indian Navy and after that as a Gunner Officer with the Indian Army.
The veteran served during the World War II and in the India-Pakistan war in 1965. Prior to his retirement, Colonel Prithipal Singh Gill was a Sector Commander with the Assam Rifles in Manipur.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh also congratulated Colonel Gill and wrote “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,” on Twitter.