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. Chris


    June 3, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Best Comment Ever!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. ?

    I'd totally go to war right beside this dude. he didn't deserve the victoria cross. they need to make 2 higher medals and give him the highest medal of those to show how awesome he is. he should get a place in the record books for that many kills with out getting shot.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. WittyUsername

    I think he earned a Tactical Nuke.

    Okay, I hate making CoD references, but this requires one.
    My apologies.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. brokenteeth

    I want a Gurhka to protect my home.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. ?

    Well put all f*** all the haters on this news update

    June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mana9883

    This dude is so cool. Y'all who hate just don't respect courage and bravery like it should be. If someone took away your dignity and life, I'm sure you'd whine about that. Y'all who think this man does not deserve a pat on the back should go admit yourself to a looney bin.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. JR

    Thanks for saving a bunch of over paid GIs

    June 3, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ree

      And just how much would you suggest paying the people who leave their homes and families to fight for people they don't know, who are willing to die for you?

      June 3, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. albert rueda

    good job! a good example of a fine soldier. you are HARD bro!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    Sweet, I see another Rambo sequel coming out of this!!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    None of you freaking idiots even know what a ghurka is...wait, this is CNN international...... ok, maybe you do. I thought this was the US version....

    June 3, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robin

    Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali !!!!!!!!

    Jai Ho Sgt. Dipprasad Pun.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    This is the third badass story, I heard about Gurkha recently.
    1 gurkha fights 40 train robber with Knife, killing 3, severly injuring 8 and rest fled.
    1 gurkha killed high target Taliban Leader and cut his head off.

    I wanna meet these guys.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. suip


    June 3, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. The Man

    So the other 3 british soldiers he saved were playing 'All hail the queen' while he faught? I don't get it.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. The Man

    I'm sorry for this lad because this medal will make him attempt something else that will get him 'carried' home.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • awaysaway

      So you refer to him as a "lad" but call yourself "The Man". We all know who the real man is here.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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