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. mcnulty plumber

    There are good men like this lined up for miles around the world, eager for the chance to bust open taliban and alqida skulls and spill their tainted brain matter down the rocky slopes of the Afghan mountain tops. God bless the gurkhas and all of the rest of the warriors fighting off the last vestiges of this archaic band of zealots

    June 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.D.

      Lol its a shame you can't appreciate the ironic hypocrisy of your post.

      Wasn't your description a bit "zealous"?

      June 3, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff S

    Most of the comments make no sense. Perhaps if some of you would use the 'reply' button your comments might have some context.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. trafik25

    Right on man! Go get em!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cput

    You are a HERO. Thank you for your service. I wish we could clone you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gurkha

    We r always the bravest.I salute my gurkha brothers.and our mother land Nepal

    June 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    30 to 1!!!!! Amazing. That's one baaad dude.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john kesrouan

    That called for a Victoria Cross. I'm surprised he didn't get it instead.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    One wonders what it takes these days to get a VC......the official party line is that "the VC/GC has to be retained for the absolutely exceptional and not used for the simply spectacular". Draw the line when the lead is flying.....
    A more cynical view may be that there is no pension payable with the CGC.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry Gray

    Second highest honor?

    June 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brandon

    He was written up on badassoftheweek on April 8th. The description there of what happened is hilarious and awesome. He is amazing.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. D. Crockett

    Probably a Pally Tank.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. big pun

    Hitcha wit da big gun....tripod.........good job bravo zulu !

    June 3, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • kmillard

      HIS MIDDLE NAME...IT'S NORRIS.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • kmillard

      DIPPRASAD "NORRIS" PUN...simply awesome

      June 3, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. ujjwal

    Simply outstanding. Period.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • jbbw

      All the (free) world loves a hero! I hope he inspires others with his bravery.

      June 3, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Angel

    Everyone wants peace – and few of us fight the most terrible war to get it, from where HEROES are born.

    कायर हुनु भन्दा मर्नु राम्रो – the Heroes behind creating history of deadliest warrior in the world – The Gurkhas "Better to die than be a coward".

    June 3, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. bspurgeon13

    I commend this guy. I have been over there and know what it's like. You sorry ass people who have jokes don't fight for your country and god only knows what you do. You are sad!!!! Why don't you wear the uniform and serve your country before you make idotic comments!!!!! YOU JUST NEED HELP!! MAYBE YOUR JEALOUS BECAUSE YOU DIDNT SERVER YOUR COUNTRY!!!!! AND IF THAT IS THE CASE THAT IS JUST SAD!!

    June 3, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • derek

      lol u faukn brainwashed fail

      June 3, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Derek, if you can't appreciate someone who isn't a cowardly little b like all the pssy little fs hating on here, then st.fu..

      June 3, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pressbox01

      @ DEREK I new this was you...

      http://www.soyoureengayged.com/2009/gay-engagement-photos-in-las-vegas/

      June 3, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
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