27th Death Anniversary of late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa
[August 08 2019]
The 27th death anniversary of the late Lieutenant
General Denzil Kobbekaduwa falls today (08th August).
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa is one of the
most distinguished military officers who laid down his life along with
Major General Wijaya Wimalarathne, Rear Admiral Mohan Jayamaha,
Lieutenant Colonel H.R Stephen, Lieutenant Colonel G.H. Ariyarathne,
Lieutenant Colonel Y N Palipana, Commander Asanga Lankathilaka,
Lieutenant Colonel Nalin de Alwis, Lieutenant Commander C.B. Wijepura
and the soldier, Private W.J Wickremasinghe while on a military
assignment at Araly Point in Kayts, Jaffna on 08th August 1992.
Born in July 1940, Lieutenant General Denzil
Kobbekaduwa studied at Trinity College, Kandy and later joined the Sri
Lanka Army in May, 1960. Upon completing basic military training here,
he left for Sandhurst, UK to receive further training at the prestigious
Royal Military Academy. He was commissioned to the Sri Lanka Armoured
corps, as a Second Lieutenant on 03rd August 1962.
Aa a brave military leader who made an indelible mark
in the battleground, he has been awarded a number of medals including
the Rana Wickrama Padakkama and Vadamarachchi Operations Medal. He was
posthumously promoted to Lieutenant General and awarded the Vishista
Seva Vibhushanaya, Rana Sura Padakkama (twice), Uttama Seva Padakkama
and Desha Putra Sammanaya. His widow received the Uththama Pooja Pranama
Padakkama medal in 2010.