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    LONDON (AFP) – A Nepalese soldier in the British army has been given a top bravery award by Queen Elizabeth II for his heroics in Afghanistan, where he single-handedly saw off more than 30 Taliban fighters.

    Corporal Dipprasad Pun, 31, said he thought he was going to die and so had nothing to lose in taking on the attackers who overran his checkpoint.

    He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), which is given in recognition of acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy.

    Pun fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to repel the Taliban assault on his checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, last September.

    Surrounded, the enemy opened fired from all sides and for 15 minutes Pun remained under continuous attack, including from rocket-propelled grenades and AK47 guns.

    At one point, unable to shoot, he used his machine gun tripod to knock down a militant who was climbing the walls of the compound.

    Two insurgents were still attacking by the time he ran out of ammunition, but he set off a Claymore mine to repel them.

    Pun was given his medal in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday.

    The CGC is second only to the Victoria Cross -- the highest honour for bravery in the face of the enemy.

    "There wasn't any choice but to fight. The Taliban were all around the checkpoint. I was alone," he said.

    "I had so many of them around me that I thought I was definitely going to die so I thought I'd kill as many of them as I could before they killed me.

    "After that I thought nobody can kill us now -- when we met the enemy I wasn't scared."

    Britain's Major General Nicholas Carter, who was commander of allied forces in southern Afghanistan during Pun's deployment, praised his efforts.

    "The CGC does not get handed out lightly. It was a most remarkable achievement," he said.
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  • #2
    How did God fit all that courage in such a small body?

    Congratulations young man.
    Right hand salute !!!
    Living it one day at a time.

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    • #3
      Outstanding job, Soldier!

      But I do have to ask, "What, no Khukri deployment?"
      "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

      Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

      Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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      • #4
        But I do have to ask, "What, no Khukri deployment?"
        he was simply surrounded and outnumbered. He would have skinned the blade if he thought he was in danger of losing.

        Ghurkas are IMO probably the best people on earth.

        M-11
        “All men dream...... But not equally..
        Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
        but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
        for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

        TE Lawrence

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        • #5
          Amazing job, another example of NEVER giving up the fight and never admitting defeat.
          Originally Posted by VegasMetro
          maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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          • #6
            The higher end cruise lines employ former Ghurkas for their security.

            Great job.

            I assume his checkpoint was stocked with all these extra goodies? I couldn't imagine actually carrying all that gear

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            • #7
              There's an article about this guy on www.badassoftheweek.com that's pretty entertaining. There are actually three or four articles about various Gurkas on there. I'd link you directly, but it's blocked at work.

              Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
              But I do have to ask, "What, no Khukri deployment?"
              One of the others on that site (all of them are linked from the Pan write-up) defended a train against 20+ bandits with nothing but his khukri.

              Gurkas are scary mo-fos...just ask an Argentinian.
              Lt. Col. Grace - "Lt. Murphey, why are you all dressed up to mack on the ladies?"
              Me - "Sir, you just answered your own question."

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