Second lieutenant Tay Seow Kai might not be a familiar name to most in Singapore.
But his actions have gone down in history as the ultimate sacrifice, demonstrating the bravery and selflessness of men in the Singapore Armed Forces.
Saved two fellow soldiers
Tay's story can be found in a 2012 commentary by Samuel Chan written for the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).
The article said that Tay, a 21-year-old platoon commander and trainer at that time, was undergoing a live weapons practice with his men at the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute at Pasir Labar on Aug. 26, 1970.
A 20-year old recruit, Kwok Seong Fan, proceeded to fumble a live grenade.
Tay instinctively snatched the grenade from the trainee's hands, to shield his recruits from danger.
Tay's actions resulted in the grenade detonating in his hands, fatally wounding him.
Kwok and another soldier, Corporal Ou Siang Chin, survived with minor injuries, as Tay absorbed the impact of the explosion.
Tay was buried in Chua Chu Kang Cemetery with full military honours on Aug. 28, 1970.
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