Vahagn Vardevanyan was born on December 27, 1966 in Yerevan. From 1985 to 1987, he completed his compulsory military service in the Soviet army. Since 1993, he had been a senior lieutenant in the RA army, commanding a volunteer assault squad of freedom fighters.
On the night of April 21, 1994, he and 38 members of his team positioned themselves on the outskirts of the village of Karmiravan, in the Martakert region of Artsakh. The team faced the threat of encirclement. Vardevanyan and 13 other freedom fighters from his team take fire on themselves, ordering the others to retreat.
Even after the death of 13 freedom fighters from the encircled squad, the wounded commander continues to fight alone until the bullets run out. Rejecting the enemy’s offer to surrender, he blew himself up, along with 4 enemy soldiers who approached with a grenade he had.
He is buried at the Yerablur military pantheon in Revan. He was posthumously awarded the 1st degree orders of the “Combat Cross” of the RA and Artsakh, and by decree of President Arkady Ghukasyan on May 8, 2006 “for outstanding services in organizing the defense of Artsakh, he demonstrated courage and personal bravery”. posthumously awarded “Hero of Artsakh” the highest rank and the order “Golden Eagle”.