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. Bonnie

    Wow! Very impressive and very brave!

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

    Gurkha Soldiers are one of the best in the world. They are not special forces like Navy Seals but the training is equivalent in combat and training but the Gurkha soldiers are just regular soldiers. They famous knife is their Gurkha knife used in the movie Resident Evil. The British use the Gurkha for shock assault and other special operations all over the world.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Walt

      Yup, those Khuhuri's are very stylish, kind of a reverse scimitar.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. EdESan

    Tripod winning!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. eskay

    Google Battle of Khalubar (1/11 Gorkha Rifles)

    June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. beth

    and very handsome too!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. keith

    Gurkhas are among the best of the best. They don't give up....the US Navy even uses them for security in Bahrain

    June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tara

    Great Job!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. citizenUSA

    Give the guy a whole country. One thing is puzzling, he was "stationed as a lone sentry", but saved 3 other soldiers at the same checkpiont?

    June 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. nope

    Like Lynch, and Tillman.. this story will eventually change. He killed up to 30 civilians by himself, and was later killed by friendly fire.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • EternalInfidel

      The story won't change because it's not the American government reporting it.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      I'd say the fact that he is IN the picture holding his medal, shows that he is alive and well.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain America

      Sgt. Dipprasad Pun is a real hero. Not like you keyboard heros. You mad? Trying to discredit this man's dedication, service and commitment? Line up with the rest of the weeds, and get mowed! THank you Sgt. Dipprasad Pun. You are a TRUE hero!

      June 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      The only thing that will change, "nope," is the sad little screen-name you hide behind as you troll from your mom's trailer.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. haihai

    On the flipside, how many Taliban soldiers died on scene?
    Anyway, congrats on the medal.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. jeremie landry

    I can hear the taliban now omg it's rambo! Run for the hills

    June 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. EternalInfidel

    Wow, this should boost his kill/death ratio! I want him in my Call of Duty clan! I wonder how he will fare against zombies...

    June 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Kermit Roosevelt

      Best post ever. Add him as the fifth player character in "Call of the Dead" as well.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kris in AL

    WOW! That is a lot of shooting and grenade throwing. I wonder where the other soldiers were? This Sgt. is a true hero. Amazing he was not wounded.......miracle!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. barbara

    What a hero, this stuff should be front page, not what celebrity is wearing what and all the other garbage being reported lately. This man is welcome in my home any day! This is a MAN! God bless you brother.

    Barbara in Indiana

    June 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. PCola Vet

    Way to go Sarge. Ooh Rah!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
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