Born on March 31, 1906 in an affluent Coorg family, General Kodendera Subbayya Thimayya was the Chief of Army Staff between May 7, 1957 and May 7, 1961. Thimayya had his early education in Coorg, after which, he moved to Bishop Cotton Boy’s School, Bangalore in 1918. Thereafter, he entered the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College (RIMC) Dehradun. His outstanding military record during World War II resulted in his becoming the first Indian Brigade Commander and took over as Brigadier of 36 British Brigade on the Ramree Islands in June 1944 later moving to Matsui, Japan where it remained till India’s independence. Post-independence, Gen. Thimayya’s role in rescuing refugees along with the Punjab Boundary Force is now acclaimed in history. Perhaps the most spectacular chapter in his life was his role in what is considered to be the first Kargil War in 1948. The Government of India decorated Gen. Thimayya with a Padma Bhushan in 1954 for his role as Chairman of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission (NNRC). This illustrious General breathed his last on December 18, 1965.