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. R

    Good Job Nepali guy in British Army. You will get pension in Nepali Rupees. People who call him hero here. Please support retired Nepali soldiers in their demand of getting equal wages in British Army. Yes, of course this guy did right and good job.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. tejan

    if he was killed, he would receive first rank highest award.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. SoS

    If there is a zombie apocalypse, I'm going with this guy.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. eskay

    Their War cry is also inspiring...sends a chill down the spine of the enemy

    Ayo Gorkhaliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii – The Gorkhas have come !!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    Best part about this story is that he survived. It's got to be a huge blow to the enemies morale that 30 of them couldn't take down this lone soldier.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • exfedagent

      AB-SO-LUTELY!!!!!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gunny USMC

    Impressive display of firepower with the spray and pray technique. And the icing on the cake is the hand to hand with the tripod. Awesome Fighter.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. TeamRecon

    This is one bad ass mofo, how embarrasing for the Taliban!! One guy kicked your A@#ss to meet your 72 virgins

    June 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jen

    THANK YOU, DIP!!! You are an asset to your countries and they should honor you for the remainder of your life. And then make a National Holiday upon your passing. OH! Name the hill after you!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      Technically, wouldn't "Dip Hill" refer to a depression or is it just a "Pun" you are making?

      me funny guy!

      June 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shaili

    CNN and Others too... constanly report thins which are not clear. I (may be its just me) couldn't figure out if Dip is British or Nepali... Either way, He is a BRAVE MAN.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick A.

      Have you read the article?

      June 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nil

    HERO

    June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Punjab

    Who says hours and hours of video gaming is a bad habit?

    June 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Richard

    Sounds like a Medal of Honor to me. Great job. Well done. Your welcome to my home anytime should you get to Texas.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. jrm

    Glad he's on our side....

    June 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. bmfk

    Good K/D ratio! (Camper)

    June 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fernt

    the Gurkhas have been showing how it's done for generations. cool customers, they are.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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