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. yes

    Is is name actually John Rambo? Well done soldier!

    June 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • madoshi

      Thats the smile of a man who knows how much tail he can pull now.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rk

      Survival of the fittest & bravest. Awsome that Dipprasad "Rambo" Pun kicked ass.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoD Slaya

      I want to play CoD with THAT guy, that's one helluva k/d.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fish-ing for responses


    June 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMAO

      That is hilarious!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      nothing tops this response today.


      June 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • madoshi

      LOL seriously. Spawn camping n00b! Actually..this guys badass I 'd want him on my team.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrClean333


      June 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHINO

      He was probably host and the Taliban were lagging like crazy

      June 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • blue65

      I hate campers!

      June 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heavyarms

      OHHH.... i get it...

      June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Draven


      June 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModernMan

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Awesome!

      June 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Ass

      campers always have the best kill/death seen in real life

      June 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • madoshi

      What they aren't reporting: He tea-bagged every single one of them after looting their drops.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • J0J0

      hahahaha. I'd like to check his stats. Probably aimbotting.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • madoshi

      /impulse 9

      June 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Yeah but Taliban are hardly a rare spawn now.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • noirelion

      Camper? thats the funniest.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EK

    Well, with all due respect and salute for his bravery, let me highlight some other aspects of the Gurkha soldiers: 1) There is a recorded instance where a single Gurkha commander Balabhadra Kunwar single handedly chopped off 70 British soldiers during the 1816 British Inda – Nepal war after the British successfully cut their supply route. The British themselves returned his dead body with full military honour later. 2) The recruitment of Gurkha soldiers into the British army is systematically racial, with people of Mongoloid races favored over other Nepalese. Sure, they might have proved better fighters over time, but nevertheless, even if all Nepalese are eligible, it's systematically racial. 3) While it might have been a way to better fortunes for those people who are recruited, it is high time that kids out of school got better education and employment opportunities rather than serve as soldiers on rent in a foreign army, with lesser pay, pension and recognition than their peers.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeppelin

      If he were white you wouldn't have a problem.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • noirelion

      Gengis's Horde lives on. Its in the blood apparently.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mortalc01l

    Those Gurkhas are some seriously tough Men... about 1/2 the size of the average Western Man, but 10 times as vicious... Their bravery is legendary in the British Army; even the SAS think the Gurkhas are tough SOB's...

    June 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    What, aside from the three other guys at the checkpoint with him? There were probably bodies from the attackers as well. You're not very bright, are you?

    June 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      ah but he was the lone sentry at the checkpoint, he was the only one involved in the fight

      June 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Higlander Gorkhali

      Bir Gorkhali – Ayo Gorkhali

      June 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    Simply incredible. If ONLY the regular members of the Afghanistan and Iraqi armed forces were half as good as this fellow.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tutuvabene

    Apparently he had the advantage of holding the high ground (Talliban had to climb up to him) and, perhaps the Talliban weren't that great as fighters.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • madoshi

      Or maybe he's just a really good soldier.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah Blah

      We'd all like you see how you do in a 30 on 1 situation. Hell make it 10 on 1, you still wouldn't do so hot.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cletus

      I am guessing a peanut in this mans scat would just whoooop your ass.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. madoshi

    Translation: "I'm jealous because in the same situation I'd urinate profusely and run away. Since I feel bad about my negative feelings, I'll pretend I'm important enough to demand proof."


    June 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • noirelion

      Its always some lame coward wouldnt fight for his own family selling wolf tickets- bet he's a birther too.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cletus

      It's okay, thinking will come easier to you with hard work and practice.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      I bought the wolf tickets. She didn't appreciate them as much as I thought she would. Then again, she wasn't a birther. In the words of the great Eddie Murphy in 'Golden Child', "VIVE NEPAL!! VIVE NEPAL!!"

      June 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      not being a birther is unamerican

      June 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike kerns

      Don't sell yourself short. You might be surprised how you handle a desperate situation.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RuffRider

      Oya Doshi... Tere ko maaf kiya!

      June 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Busted

    It is too bad we don't read stories like this about Mitt Romney's sons, you know the guy who fully supported the wars in Iraq and Afgahnistan as long as none of his sons were fighting in them. It's sad we don't reward honor in this country anymore, instead we end up w/war hawks who were too afraid to serve and against their own children fighting in wars.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      So when and where did you serve?

      Oh, that's right, you're just one of those whining liberals who expects someone else to carry the burden for your comfortable safe life.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • noirelion

      I'm a whining liberal that served in B Company 1st 505th parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne (FT Bragg NC)and before that WeapCO 2Battalion 75th Infantry (2nd Ranger Batt Ft Lewis WA) and before that Echo Company LRSC-Long Range Surveillance Company) 109th Military Intelligence Battalion (Long Range Recon Patrols).... us whining liberals end up in so many places.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Hey noirelion...don't ask don't tell right?

      June 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bad


    June 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jd

    Great job brave soldier. Saltue to your bravery.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pax Romana

    Somebody needed to show the Taliban pretenders what a real BAMF'er was like. Sounds like there were a lot of busy virgins in Paradise that night.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tutuvabene

    Sort of like SGT York, who won the Medal of Honor for his exploits. I would have thought such an action would have merited the Victoria Cross, the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      A VC for this? He was just doing his job, guarding his assigned post and not looking for trouble.

      If he wants a VC he'd have to go out by himself and come back with 30 Taliban heads in a sack.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • readerx

      Just doing his job? Yeah he was, you know what every Medal of Honor winner was doing when they earned it? They were doing their job. You know what Sgt Giunta said about his whole act? He was just doing his job.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Heavyarms

    VIVA NEPAL!!!!!!! VIVA NEPAL!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. j0eschm0e

    when you have nothing to lose, that is when you are more fearless and vicious. maybe some of it is brain wash to thinking it is duty to die in battle, and or survive against all odds for "glory". it is a mind set, and is probably taught to thier young from childbirth as are the taliban..... Speculation, yet makes sense. sometimes bravery is a lack of fear, as fear would hinder focus.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      And sometimes bravery is just... Bravery.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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