Major Leetul Gogoi, the man who tied the Kashmiri stone pelter to the jeep, was awarded for his presence of mind and service by Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Monday.
He reportedly joined the force at the age of 18 and served as a jawan in the 3rd Battalion of Assam Regiment. He then moved to Dehradun-based Army Cadet College (ACC) to become an officer.
Gogoi was commissioned as a lieutenant in December 2008. The army service corps (ASC) officer volunteered to serve with the Rashtriya Rifles in Kashmir. The ASC provides logistics support, ranging from supplies to transport, to the army.