Soldier cited for holding off up to 30 Taliban by himself
Acting Sgt. Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles displays his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
June 2nd, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Soldier cited for holding off up to 30 Taliban by himself

Britain's newest hero is a Nepali.

Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday awarded Britain's second-highest award for bravery, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, to Acting Sgt. Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

While stationed as a lone sentry at a checkpoint in Afghanistan's Helmand province on September 17, Pun fended off an attack by up to 30 Taliban fighters.

"There were many Taliban around me," Pun said in an interview with British Forces News. "I thought they are definitely going to kill me. ... I thought before they kill me I have to kill some of them."

During the 15-minute battle, Pun fired more than 400 rounds of ammunition, detonated 17 grenades and a mine and even threw his gun tripod at a Taliban fighter climbing toward his position, according to British Forces News.

"He was just about to climb up there and I hit (him) with my tripod and he fell down again," Pun told British Forces News.

Pun's actions saved the lives of three fellow soldiers at the checkpoint and were the "bravest seen in his battalion over two hard tours in Afghanistan," according to his medal citation.

Pun was not wounded in the firefight.

“That he survived unscathed is simply incredible," his medal citation says. “Throughout Dip’s actions he was under almost constant intense fire. Dip’s courage and gallantry were simply astonishing."

Pun, 31, joined the British military in 2000 and also has served in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Like other Gurkhas, Pun is from Nepal. The Gurkhas were incorporated into British forces after their fighting skill impressed the opposition British during the Nepal Wars of 1814 to 1816. As part of the peace treaty ending that conflict, Gurkhas were admitted into East India Company's army and then into the British military.

Gurkhas recruited solely in Nepal remain Nepalese citizens during their service. Gurkha unit officers are British.

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  1. Joey

    Pun is what a real–and terrific–soldier is.
    "Before they kill me I have to kill some of them," he said. That quote should become required for memorization by our young citizens in school, but I know that it won't, and why.
    The Queen still understands.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Hey you, will you kindly blog your right-wing mumbo-jumbo under your own name for a change??? I guess that we'll see a lot more of these right-wing nutjobs blogging in here to belly-hoo what a hero this creep is!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • buctootim

      Go troll somewhere else Joey. Well done Pun. Brave man.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Growski

      What a novel idea, take a country that is already rife with ignorance and violence and make its childrens motto "i must kill some of them before they kill me" and you wonder why we are attacked by foreigners... Go away you fool...

      June 2, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JDT

      So I guess Growski and "Dumb" Joey would just let a band of men attack and kill them without putting up a fight. Talk about pansies... Glad I don't have to rely on you two cowards to defend me.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. sandyk

    Wow! another Sgt. York!! "I`m a thankin` ya for this here medal" "He was the rejoy-est man ever"

    June 2, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. red cloud

    gurkhas just lives to their reputation – they continue to amaze me....

    June 2, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rehan

    soldiers on rent...............poor gurkhas....they can do anything for money

    June 2, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JesusLungRumbleFish

      Go to 'ell, mate.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Colmery

      The Gurkha fighting spirit is legend to people who grew up in Commonwealth countries. They have a warrior tradition, carry themselves with great dignity and the word poor is never approriate to the men that carry the Khukuri. It is great to see this story in a US news site.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ktmusa

      Obviously you don't know thing about Gurkha and spill your ignorant comment..Gurkha Soldier are known for honesty , honor ,loyalty and bravery for last 200 years..which you don't have Mr Rehan Khan or Mohomad whatever you name is....

      June 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgt. Thapa

      Rehan = Muslim = Al-Qaeeda/Taleeban sympathiser
      Not your blog Darhi wala lungi master.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. U-Turn

    Not Rambo, Not Chuck Norris, Not Bruce Lee....but Dipprasad Pun! Now that is a true hero!

    June 2, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Alena Ruckova

      yes, he is a new hero

      June 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Suzz

      proud to be Nepali.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. shyam (nepal)

    Truly Nepalese soldiers are serving the British government with all their might, but still they are not treated equally as their british counterparts. Honouring one does not do it all. The british government should do for all the nepalese soldiers serving the british army.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Pilfer

      I bet if he was white he would have received the nation's highest award.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      If he were white you wouldn’t even be hearing about this.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      You usually have to die to get the highest honour.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd

      The Victoria Cross is the highest award but you do not necessarily have to die to get it.
      This guy Pun is a hero and one of the bravest of the brave. War is hell, and he was grace under pressure and made sound decisions and did what he needed to do. Good on him.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hayat orakzai

    The British original soldiers must learn lesson from Pun's bravery.There should me more jobs for outsiders.Americans and English soldiers are not effective in those harsh,steep and mysterious mountains which were deeply loved by Osama and where Osama lived and died and was buried in the soil not in sea as American show in their ongoing super hit film.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Prove them wrong, show us his body.

      yea.. I didn't think so.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. steveo

    To anyone wanting to kill Sgt. Dipprasad Pun:

    Bring more than 30.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Alena Ruckova

      you have good sense of humor, it´s terrible with you.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Growski

      I have a feeling Sgt Pun's ordeal was a matter of luck more than skill. Most trained fighters can not hold off 30 guys... I'm glad he was lucky to survive it..

      June 2, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      I think bringing more than 30 would have just meant he would have used more bullets and grenades...and maybe an extra mine or two.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alena Ruckova

    this is a mystery and God probably kept him alive. He is a hero because of luck. That´s nice story.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick H

      Luck? This man fought valiantly against what would seem to be insurmountable odds and he prevailed. 400 rounds of ammunition fired, 17 grenades detonated, and he even resorted to physically throwing things at the enemy in the end. Because of his actions that day he saved the lives of 3 fellow soldiers...there is no honor high enough as far as I am concerned.

      This was an astounding feat, and anyone who chalks it up to luck or belittles his achievement is a fool.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Will you kindly keep God out of this,Alena? This creep was kept alive by sheer luck as or perhaps by the power of Satan himself since that's his will he's defending here. Anyway,don't credit God for this creep's good fortune. Besides,that's quite blasphemous!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Growski

      RickH: exactly, fighting against the odds and winning is called luck....

      June 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Growski

      Speak to any professional solider and he will tell you it was more than likely a combination of Skill, Planning and Luck.. He most likely had the high ground or at least a fortified bunker.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A B.B.

    I guess now we can say to the Taliban: "No Pun intended ! "

    June 2, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Or, rather, "Every Pun intended!"

      June 2, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. sunarto wijaya

    pun is awesome, but chuck norris would still pwn him....

    June 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Peter

    Dont mess with Asians.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • AKILEZ

      There are only 3 bravest soldiers in Asia. Gurkha, The Khmer Rouge and Moro of the Philippines.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    Now we're going to see a lot belly-hooing over what a hero this thug Diprassad Pun is. These right-wing nutjobs are always here in full force,vomiting their ignorance as usual. It never ends!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      You, sir, are an idiot. Get your liberal head out of liberal ass, and recognize a job well done.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Growski

      Jay: you are overlooking one important fact. he KILLED men.. There is no honor in killing anyone, even your enemy.. Killing is for ignorant people that don't know how to have a conversation.. Plus this happened in Afghanistan,, a country where no foreign force should be in the first place as there is no threat there except the one that is CREATED by having foriegn forces there...

      June 2, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Hodel

      Joey and Growski, I hate to be rude, but you are both idiots.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • laura

      Growski- Why do you head over and see how that conversation goes. I'll even pay for the one-way ticket.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      Growski, if you see no honor in facing armed criminals like the Taliban and defeating them-killing them preferably-then you are a fool and a pathetic little crybaby leftist.

      You're not fit to toss Sgt Pun's salad.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Earn i love your comment for many reason but mainly because its true.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • rubes

      growski is a weiner

      June 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Deepak

    Hes nepalese, i m indian i m feeling proud too.. because nepalese and indians are brothers.. great work man.. keep it up..

    June 2, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • lohan

      geez geronimo. how are you related to the nepaleze and feel so close?

      June 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GuestColin

    Why wouldn't this qualify for the VC? My best to this hero regardless.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • joe08

      I think the best reward would be early retirement with full benifits if he wants it.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. Like somebody already said,it never ends!!! All this stupidity trying to glorify one killer.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
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