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. Rainier

    Sgt. Pun, should change his name to Sgt. Pwn!

    June 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymouse

      nice one

      June 4, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Upahar

      We are proud of our own Name and the bravery he shown towards whole Gurkha Armies. So its better you change your own mentality rather suggesting to change his name.

      June 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gurkha92345142

    Life on rent. Thats what a Gurkha is.

    June 4, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. mad on net GORKHALI

    what d fuk r u talking about...
    u couldn't be able to breath if
    a GURKHA is in his duity ...

    June 4, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. mad on net GORKHALI

    don't try 2 mess WITH NEPALI ...

    June 4, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. roan


    its a genetic character of NEPALI people..

    June 4, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. roan

    When you lose the fear of death, Life begins

    June 4, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steamboat Jack

    You say it like it's a bad thing!

    June 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. sunil

    hey guys while mr pun was fighting off taliban in the same month another gurkha soldier in india attacked about 40 robber and looters in train while he was returning nepal for retirement , he killed 3 and wonded 8 and rest fled with empty handed , google it man , amazing

    June 4, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Naruto

      Yah, i read that one, he received the highest medal in Indian army. Gurkhas r simply fearless!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. hank

    he showed the best and put his life on the line like all soilders, Great Job, Great Honor, some of us should take note and try and do our part.....

    June 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Upahar

    Saving a jerk like you by terrorist its a big question you should have to ask by-yourself rather then saying gurkha army kills people for money.

    June 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Bowles

    Could we send a few of the Afgan and Iraqi police units to this guy's unit for training?

    June 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Higlander Gorkhali

      Sure – how much u are paying ???? It is gonna cost some money.

      June 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NWguy

    Good job, Depressed Pun!

    June 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Higlander Gorkhali

    Listen folks – We gorkhali (Nepali) are not ruled in our history by any outsiders. We did not go and try to occupy anybody's land. British tried our land five times but could not take the present day Nepal however they took half of Nepal – India is enjoying that part of Nepal. Indian has been ruled by Greeks, Muslims and British. They are clever people they don't want fight but somebody into their pocket. Indian wins with Pakistan because of Gorkhas.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lowlander Gorkhali

      Dear Highlander,
      You are a fool of a patriot and do not know your history.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Higlander Gorkhali

    British Government is very clever though...

    June 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Higlander Gorkhali

    Kshatriyas and Thakuris are the main ethnic people in Nepal who were fighters as well as leaders in the Nepal. Other Ethnic people like Magars, Gurungs and Rais give them very support to these leaders as a good warriors. Howver, British have a clever brain – they took mongoid ethnic only in their Battalion. They probably have their opinions.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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