Colonel Jojan Thomas was born on 22 May 1965 in Kuttoor village of Thiruvalla District of Kerala. He was commissioned from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai in March 1986. Son of an army veteran Captain P.A Thomas and Aleyamma Thomas, Col Thomas was eldest among his four siblings. He came from a family with deep military roots with his two brothers also serving in the Armed Forces.Col Jojan Thomas originally belonged to 11 Jat of the famed Jat Regiment , but was sent on deputation to 45 Rashtriya Rifles in 2008 to undertake anti terrorist operations. Before moving to 45 RR he had already 20 years of experience of serving in various operational areas. He was also a trained pilot and had served with Army Aviation corps for six years. Col Thomas was a brave and committed soldier and a military leader par excellence.
Kupwara Operation : 22 Aug 2008 : On 22 Aug 2008, at around 0330 hours, Col Thomas received information about the presence of terrorists in the dense forests of Machhal, in Kupwara district of J & K. A decision was taken to launch an operation to nab or eliminate the terrorists at the earliest. Having realized the importance of the operation , Col Thomas decided to lead that operation himself along with the troops from his unit.The team soon spotted the terrorists and a fierce gun-battle ensued there after. During the operation Col Thomas eliminated two terrorists from close quarters. However, in the process Col Thomas sustained severe gunshot wounds, but with utter disregard to his personal safety, he engaged a third terrorist in a fierce hand-to-hand fight and eliminated him. During the entire operation, the team led by Col Thomas shot down six militants. Col Thomas later succumbed to his injuries and made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation. Col Jojan Thomas was given the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award, “Ashok Chakra” for his outstanding courage, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.Col Jojan Thomas is survived by his mother Aleyamma Thomas, wife Beena Jojan Thomas, daughter Meghana Thomas and son Philemon Thomas.