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. Jimmy Crack Corn

    The fact the he and 3 of his fellow soldiers were in a situation where they were surrounded by 30+ Taliban shows how incompetent our Leaders are. "You men will be fine at this outpost, the Taliban wont attack it. Besides, if you need backup we're standing by 300 miles away, just call us."

    June 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 2cents4free

    "The Gurkhas were incorporated into British forces after their fighting skill impressed the opposition British during the Nepal Wars of 1814 to 1816."

    I guess the Gurkhas are still going strong in 2011. Way to go dude!!

    June 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fakestory

    lol...this is fake.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      Why don't you ask your mommy to give you a ride over to the Gurkha barracks so you can tell them personally how you think they're liars?

      June 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Your problem is time – you think 30 guys rushed him all at once.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • fakestory

      yea...I'm sure the 30 guys decided to go one at a time, perhaps waiting a minute before it was the next guy's turn.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sajan

      once prince herry in his visit to Afghanistan, he said, if you are with gurkha's u r in the safe zone in the war

      June 3, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kingofthenet

    Yeah, If i were the coalition commandeers, I would play up the part of Pun, not even getting a scratch, Humiliate the insurgents.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dkoy

    scavanger pro perk – sleight of hand pro – Hacker pro

    June 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ern

      Hahahaha, good stuff!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      that what happens when Chuck norris blesses you for a momment lmao

      June 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaRoadieJJ

      Man his KDR must be through the roof. Maybe he had chopper gunner.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. COD

    I haven't even had a 30 kill streak on Black Ops.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2cents4free

      LMAO!

      June 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Thats because after 25 kill, you can drop a tactical nuke and it would have been game over.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • COD

      Thanks for the info Ronald.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zot Mugu

      The Taliban should feel lucky he never drew his Kukri.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Your Homeroom Teacher

    I bet I know what Dip was saying during the battle (perhaps singing): "K-K-K-Kat-man-du...that's really where I'm going to!....Oh, If I ever get out of here...I'm go'n to Kat-man-du!"

    June 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rockey123

    I fought with some bad ass South Korean Marines in Vietnam in operation Defiant Stand....if you ask me North Korea would be better off if they just left the South alone

    June 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fakestory

    I heard this guy is Jacki Chan's nephew, son of Bruce Lee

    June 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ron

    Chuck Norris would be proud.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe B-b-b-b-bob

      Why? Can this guy act?

      June 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      Act? Why would Chuck care? He can't either.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Person

    Dang, he held of 30 guys AND avoided getting wounded? That's impressive.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jrod

    Good Lord! I bet when he was camping up there he was using the BoomShield...

    June 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malcolm

      UT2004!!!! MEGA KILL!!!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CACAMEN

    uyy this guy is a combination of Jacky Chan and Bruce lee in steroids, remind me for Call Of duty OPS, lol

    June 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DrGMG

    Sick! Don't know why I can't stop laughing though...

    June 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MilitaryMike

    This guy should also get our Medal of honor! I know he Is not a citizen but waivers should be demanded for his action for freedom! I mean this medal is technically for officers but enlisted soldiers have been know to receive this as well!
    Thank you pun from the bottom of my heart and my entire comunity

    June 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • windwalker9649

      The M.O.Honor is not only meant for officers, and he wouldnt even qualify seeing that he's not a US soldier, nor did his actions save any US soldiers.

      June 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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