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. Andy

    I think they should promote him to "Punnery" Sargeant................

    June 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rumncokes666

    Now does this soldier get an american green card for citing this?

    June 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRHM

      He doesn't want an American Green Card. He most likely lives in the UK now, as all Gurkhas are permitted to do so for serving for the British Army.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Uncle Sam Need to offer him a Trip to Vegas and he will turn Coward more like most of the army personals Stationed in Afgans.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ED MCGUIRE

    I DON'T KNOW........... YOU BUT YOU HAVE A HEART 0F A GIANT

    June 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ED MCGUIRE

    WHEN YOU GET HELD UP CALL A LEFT WINGER

    June 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • uh?

      troll

      June 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TB

      What the hell does that even mean? Idiot.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keksi

    So how come entire US military can not beat Talibans???

    One guy takes 30 Talibans but entire US military can not take 20,000 Talibans down.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammer Time

      you are a retard............... 8====D ~ ~ ~ O8

      June 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Its a Matter of Fact that American Army isn't Well Trained for fight in mountain trains and they know it from the beginning.Americans Army was over confident about their Air Superiority and Fire power and it leads them to ruining Trillion of $$ and No Achievements. Soon u will See the Taliban Rulling Afgan again. I doubt if Americans may ever Carry any Mining operations. I think Taliban would prefer China for mining.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammer Time

      You too are a retard sir.......... 8P ~ ~ ~C====8

      June 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crusatta

      Drew, please reference my reply to your earlier post, but for now, again, I submit: The 10th MOUNTAIN Division. An entire division trained for combat in the mountains. Try to keep up with the adults now.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rock

    Well done, Sgt! Outstanding. Glad you're on our side!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Analoger

    Well, During my life I have seen some good deeds by persons which were unrewarded and some persons which were undeserving and rewarded. I hope this is the real McCoy.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stanley

    99% of the comments I've read here are mind numbing. I for one congragulate Sgt. Dipprasad Pun on for his incredible bravery and reserve.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. r4bbit

    Outstanding job Sgt. Dipprasad Pun . You represent your countries fighting force well .

    Ret. SSG U.S. Army

    June 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. erich2112x

    That's got to be IP man.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gregor

    Outstanding!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. edwin

    holding off 30 motherflowers... and hes a stone cold fighter... the reason he did that isnt by luck, but by clear his mind, focusing on those who want to kill him and kill them instead.. and the one thing he didnt do, WAS FREAKING WORRY... dude really if hes that cold, we got something to learn from this guy... my respects. (-:<

    June 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ChoCho

    Wow, that was bravery at its finest! Talk about going at it like a real G...!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. edwin

    and in my mind, if any of you have played the first modern warfare of call of duty... i think that mine he blew up was like the ones that you plant in the ground and requires remote dotonation... and plus firing that many rounds, he could have had big ammo... letting him carry more shots in one LMG clip

    June 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deedeedee

      Seriously?! Did you just make a reference to a video game when speaking about the gallantry of a fighting man?! Put down your controller and get a job or go into the military. Your life of reality TV and flickering lights have made all of your country stupid. Choke yourself.

      June 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. itidakimas

    Great Job Sgt. Dipprasad Pun. Keep it up. Wish you all the best for the sure to be a bright future ahead of you.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
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