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. edwin

    chocho is right

    June 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike Rider

    Kudos to this man. He is the real deal. Distinguished and honored. Medal well deserved.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nate

    what a bamf!

    June 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dieHIppies

    how could he be the lone sentry but save 3 people?

    June 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. schmit

    don't feed the trolls... It's a trap!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    This guy is a Nepalese Rambo!!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chelsea

    Ultimate Mega Gurkha Freak-Out Limit Break Mode!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gurkha

    Last time another Gurkha dismembered five Indian pirates with a knife and saved a train from being looted. Next CounterStrike he should be the one as main character!!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Well duh, after he killed 5 of them he was able to call in a Predator, once he killed 2 more he got the Harrier, and next you thing you know he is in a gunship taking the rest of them out. It happens all the time to me!

    June 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maX

    He must have used GHOST PRO

    June 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    That's a Gurkha for you.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zach

    Now thats What call a Heroic Victory

    June 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. peter

    Should also get the badass award

    June 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mommajam

      LOL ! ! I totally agree... I wonder if Queen Betty has any of those.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kingston

    USA should outsource the war in Afghanistan to Gurhkas or even to fellow Indians in India or Mexico. I bet they cost less then the 1 million USD for every US soldier. Why let Americans die in Afghanistan?

    June 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dboy

      They should outsource these wars to George Bush's kids. Let them go fight the oil wars.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bukkakeninja

      Right Dboy.... lots of oil in Afghanistan. And almost all of the oil contracts in Iraq were sold to non-US companies... where again are these oil-wars?

      June 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Higlander Gorkhali

      Indians are coward and clever people – unless they send Gurkha or Punjabi – otherwise don't even think outsourcing anything from India – strictly focus on Nepal.

      June 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fast Fred

    What is wrong with you people? Get a grip.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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