Major David Manlun hailed from Churachandpur district in Manipur was born on 27 Jul 1985 at Imphal. Son of a veteran Sub M Khamzalam (Retired) was determined to join the Indian Army as a Commissioned Officer. His elder brother is presently serving with the Assam Regiment at Shillong and sister is married to an Army officer.
A multifaceted personality, an athlete and a keen footballer, Maj David since his childhood had keen interest in sports and represented his team at various levels. He loved music a guitarist and vocalist of repute. He had a linguistic flair. In addition to English, Hindi and his mother tongue Zou, he was proficient in many languages to include Mizo, Kuki and Paite. A personality which was full of life, loved by everyone, his family, friends and colleagues. He lived his life to the fullest.
Maj David Manlun finished his schooling from Army Public School, Shillong graduated from St Anthony’s College Shillong in the year 2006. In 2009 he joined the Officer Training Academy, Chennai. In Mar 2010 he was commissioned into the 1st Battalion the Naga Regiment, the out-fit which remembers him fondly. He joined the battalion at Naugam in J& K and served there for next two years and took part in number of operations. After a stint of peace station at Baklow in HP, he was posted in Nagaland with 164 Inf Bn TA (NAGA) since 2014. Here also, true to his nature he had been part of number of successful operations and in recognition of his exemplary service on 15 Aug 2016 he was awarded with the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card.
Having almost completed his tenure of Nagaland and not yet being satiated by action he had opted for deputation to National Security Guard for which the probation was to begin on 23 Jun 2017. Alas! A bright spark gone .
Major David Manlun, of the 164 Brigade of the Territorial Army was killed in an encounter that took place late Tuesday evening in Mon district in Nagaland bordering Myanmar.
“The incident took place when a team of jawans led by Major David Manlun had gone to Lappa, a remote area close to the Myanmar border with specific information about the presence of a group of NSCN(K) and ULFA(I) terrorists there. While the operation had begun, the terrorists lobbed a grenade and fired at the army, leading to the death of the Major. The operation also led to recovery of one AK-56 and two Chinese-make AK rifles, two grenades, three IEDs and 270 live rounds of AK-series ammunition.