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. borisjimbo

    Note this occurred in Afghanistan, not Iraq which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 despite the deadender GOP faith in the connection between Saddam and al-Qaeda.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby d

      The reason we are in Afganistan is 9/11! Because that is wher the Taliban are, were, and will be till they're dead!

      June 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    A true hero does not need recognition like this... He does things to make the world a better place and no one needs to know about it... If he wants people to know, it's because he's got pride and wants to show off a bit.. seriously...this is the ugly truth...

    June 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      He didn't award the medal to himself. He is being recognized for his bravery by OTHERS.

      Jeesh.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • xox

      Hey superman, stop showing the "A$$" on your chest..

      June 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liam

      He did not seek the award – it was bestowed upon him based on his actions – and what have you acieved "Superman" – apart from naming yourself after a comicbook fictional charecter that wears his underwear on the outside?

      June 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      superman is a fictional character.....Gurkhas are REAL !

      June 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. edvhou812

    This boy got to play a real life game of GTA against the Taliban. I guess the Taliban do well against helpless women, but not so well against armed men.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Henderson Claude

    And will the British reward him with a decent pension and an opportunity to relocate with his family to Britain, or just send him back to retire in poverty and obscurity? Ruthless colonial traditions make the latter more likely, but I'd like to hear it isn't so.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark22

      It isn't so. Really.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pun Intended

    Chuck Norris would have killed all 30 with just the tripod...10 per leg.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Allan

    This boy deserves more than just medals. How about a trip to disney land??? Awesome dude nailing those bad boys. Not even wounded?? I bet he had enough time to take some snacks in between throwing grenades.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Sheeet! Amazing. Congrats. The most interesting part was where he said he said "F– it, if i'm going to die I might as well kill a few of them". That makes total sense to me, to go berzerk in the final few moments of your life.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BENJI

    This guy deserves the HIGHEST award. What is up with getting the second highest?

    June 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      I know Benji, isn't that the truth. He's a hero. What a brave young man. God bless him.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hans Berg

      Benji its very rare for the highest to be given out, and when it is given out its mostly awarded to those who have died in action,

      June 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      Hans Berg, then in that case, I'm happy he received the 2nd highest award.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raabjorn

    Of cause he did...

    June 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    What does it take to get the Britain's highest award for bravery?

    June 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antje

      Do the same with only a Swiss army knife.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweetenedtea

      You have to kill a man with your stiff upper lip.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. USA#1

    Well, I have to say this was not the picture I expected to see. It rather shocked me actually. Good for Acting Sgt. Pan. He is truly a hero!! He's a remarkable young man. His parents must be very proud of their brave son.

    God bless America and all who defend her.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1plus1

      ya, god bless america, screw the rest of the world.. right? right?
      .....

      this guy was british by the way.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      yea, buddy, he was fighting for Britain. Not the USA (#1?). You know, there are brave peeps all over the world.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      1+1, no kidding he's British. Duh. I can still say and will continue to say God bless America and all who defend her. Maybe you should try it sometime. Some of our brave men and women in the military make the ultimate sacrifice for YOU too 1+1. Show some graditude and compassion you moron!!

      June 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • xox

      he not a British nor an American, he is a citizen of Nepal. He fights for the British under the Gurkha Rifles Regiment. But lets not get into country and stuff because we all are fighting for one thing and that is to banish terrorism from this world. Long Live US, long live UK, long live Nepal and also long live the WORLD!

      June 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JdJr

      @USA#1

      Agreed. If you think about it, the Taliban eliminated by Acting Sergeant Pun will no longer kill American soldiers, nor train others to do so. They will not torture or kill their own people either. They will not send money or data to other terrorists whom would attack other Americans, be they soldiers or civilians.

      God Bless America indeed, and those who defend her, be they American citizens or not.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justin Observation

    I'll say it... "How do you totally bamboozle 30 Taliban? With a good Pun of course."

    June 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Antje

    That is hammering away a shot every 2.5 seconds and then spend a crate of handgrenades to put some joy in this chore. Barely time for a battlecry or some snide remarks about the moustaches of the sisters and mothers of the attackers.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Abcd

    Ok, to start with, how many of you people leaving nasty comments from the safety of your own home would cry and pee your pants if one stranger on the street pulled a gun on you? All of you would. You are pathetic. This guy took on thirty SOLDIERS and lived. He is the freaking MAN. IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ANY WAR, OR WHY HE WAS THERE. NONE OF YOU COULD DO THE SAME IF THE SITUATION AROSE. YOU WOULD ALL COWER IN FEAR, CRYING INTO YOUR OWN VOMIT. YOU SHOULD BE KISSING HIS A**.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dt74

      Pretty funny how you talk about people you will never know. What have you done that makes you so brave?

      June 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike kerns

    There are many people claiming to be a bad@SS. but few actually are. This young man definitely proved himself to be one.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
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