Highest Decorated Soldier In Service

SHAH ALAM: Highest ranking decorated soldier in service. The new Fifth Division commander, Maj Gen Mohd Halim Khalid is now the highest ranking decorated serviceman. Mohd Halim, 58 earned his PGB while serving with the UN in Somalia in 1993 with the 19th RMR (Mek).

Mohd Halim was appointed as the third Fifth Division commander based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Jan. 7 this year. He was previously the 6th Brigade commander. The confirmation of his identity as the PGB holder was made by the Fifth Division official Facebook page on Jan. 9.

Major General Dato Abdul Halim Khalid. Note the PGB diagonal stripes of white, blue, yellow and red ribbon.

The posting had mistakenly stated that Mohd Halim was involved in the Bakara market incident but it was quickly rectified when several commenters pointed out that it was wrong. The incident was infact occuured at the the Benadir Supreme court in 1993.

The Fifth Division FB post

MEJ JEN DATO’ HJ MOHD HALIM BIN KHALID, PANGLIMA 5 DIVISYEN KE 3 – WIRA MOGADISHU PENERIMA PINGAT PGB

Mej Jen Dato’ Hj Mohd Halim bin Khalid telah mengambil alih tugas sebagai Panglima 5 Divisyen Ke-3 berkuatkuasa pada 7 Jan 2021.
Beliau dilahirkan pada 5 Jan 1963 dan berasal dari Simpang Pulai, Ipoh, Perak. Beliau ditauliahkan ke Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja pada tahun 1982. Memulakan kerjaya di dalam perkhidmatan di Batalion Ke-3 RAMD dan di beberapa pasukan antaranya di Batalion Ke-19 RAMD(Mek). Beliau telah dikurniakan pingat Panglima Gagah Berani pada 4 Jun 1994. Pingat Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB) diwartakan pada 11 Ogos 1960 merupakan pingat keberanian kedua tertinggi dalam senarai pingat keberanian persekutuan.
Beliau adalah antara 90 pegawai dan anggota dari Batalion Ke-19 RAMD(Mek) yang terlibat dalam misi pengaman PBB (MALBATT 1 UNOSOM II) di Mogadishu, Somalia. Peristiwa bersejarah yang melibatkan Platun 4 Kompeni B 19 RAMD(Mek) pada 27 Sep 1993 yang diketuai oleh beliau di kawasan Benadir Supreme Court ketika bertugas mengawal keselamatan mahkamah yang melibatkan beberapa pegawai tinggi kehakiman UNOSOM daripada menjadi korban puak militia. Tragedi pertempuran hebat ini memperlihatkan semangat keberanian yang luar biasa tanpa menghiraukan keselamatan diri, beliau bersama juga anggota-anggotanya melepaskan tembakan balas dan bertempur dengan puak militia demi menyelamatkan nyawa pegawai kehakiman UNOSOM. Kisah juang ini pernah dibukukan secara eksklusif berjudul Belang Harimau Besi.
Beliau juga pernah memegang beberapa jawatan sebagai pegawai staf di Markas Tentera Darat dan Markas Angkatan Tentera Malaysia. Di peringkat antarabangasa beliau pernah ditugaskan sebagai Tim Pemantau Antarabangsa Mindano dan Penasihat Pertahanan di Abu Dhabi. Sebelum ini beliau memegang jawatan sebagai Panglima 6 Briged.

First Admiral Anuar Alias, PGB, RMN. Picture taken in 2015

Mohd Halim’s promotion to a two-star meant that he is the highest ranking PGB holder still in service, surpassing First Admiral Anuar Alias who is the current Lumut naval base commander.

Col, Khairul Anuar Aziz. Note the PGB ribbon among his ribbons. Marcus. RojakDaily

As Malaysian Defence previously reported there are two other PGB holders in service with the Army, both of them are currently colonels.

Col Juraimy Ariffin, the third Army PGB holder still in service.

The highest decorated serviceman still on the books is VAT 69 commander Senior Assistant Commissioner Abdul Razak Yusof who was awarded the SP for his exploits in the Al Maunah incident. The rank he holds is equivalent to the rank of one star in the military.

SAC Abdul Razak Yusof, SP. PDRM

— Malaysian Defence

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