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Lt. Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa & veteran war heroes remembered

Today is the 21st death anniversary of late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, one of the finest War Heroes in our contemporary history. Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa along with few other subordinate military officers made the supreme sacrifice when the ruthless LTTE terrorists activated a blast against their vehicle on 8th August 1992.

His leadership and command brought countless notable victories to Sri Lanka Army during the early battles of the Eelam wars.

Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa's victorious pulse fell silent on 8th August 1992 along with his fellow-military veterans, while they were on a military assignment close to Araly Point in Kayts, Jaffna.

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 were the other heroes accompanied in the vehicle.

Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa, an old Trinitian, joined the Sri Lanka Army on 25th May 1960. On successful completion of the basic military training at the Army Training centre, he left for Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK. He was commissioned in the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps as a Second Lieutenant on 03rd August 1962.