Nepali soldier cited for holding off up to 30 Taliban by himself.

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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.

Source: CNN



 

  • Grant Bailey

    Well done mate!

  • Andre’

    In WWII a company of Gurkha soldiers was asked if they wanted to “jump from airplanes” to fight the enemy. About half of the assembled famed Gurkhas stepped forward. Mystified at the lack of interest in the response from such renowned warriors, the British officer asked again if there were any others that wanted to volunteer for paratrooper training. The whole company began to smile, laugh and joke and the rest of the Gurkhas stepped forward. The Officer asked the Gurkha Sgt why the initial reticence and was told “when you first spoke we didn’t know we could use parachutes!”

    I’m very glad they are are on our side!

  • jsa

    Their motto is: Better to die than live a coward.