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Gurkha gets UK´s 2nd highest medal for bravery

  

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Acting Sergeant Dip Prasad Pun, of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who has been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

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KATHMANDU: A British Gurkha soldier who single-handedly fought off an attack by at least a dozen Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been awarded the United Kingdom’s second highest medal for bravery, British media reported.

Acting Sergeant Dip Prasad Pun, 31, who hails from western Nepal and serves in the British Army, exhausted all of his ammunition and resorted to using the tripod of his machine gun to repel the militants who were in 15 to 30 in number.

According to the BBC, he said he was very proud to be given the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

"I think I am a very lucky guy, a survivor," he added. "Now I am getting this award, it is very great and I am very happy."

Pun was alone on sentry duty at a checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand province of Afghanistan on September 17 last year, fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to thwart the Taliban assault.

When an insurgent tried to climb up to his position, his rifle failed and he resorted to throwing his machine gun tripod to knock him down.

The citation on his medal - which is only one level below the Victoria Cross - states that he saved the lives of three comrades who were inside the checkpoint at the time.

“Pun could never know how many enemies were attempting to overcome his position, but he sought them out from all angles despite the danger, consistently moving towards them to reach the best position of attack.”

Pun’s father and grandfather were also in the British Army, according to the Mail Online.

A total of 136 servicemen and women - most of whom served with 4 Mechanized Brigade in Afghanistan between April and October last year - were awarded honours on Thursday, four posthumously.

Comments15

I certainly agree you deserve this, but it makes me think what on earth would you have to do to get a VC if not this??? Mitch, canada

A/Sgt Pun, you embody the warrior spirit, well done, well deserved award. Kevin MacLean, Canada

If you are ever in my town, I vow to buy all the beer you can drink. You, sir, are one bad hombre. Congratulations on getting the medal--it certainly sounds like you deserve it! jason, hood river, oregon, usa

Congratulation !!! There's no doubt magars are always brave Joman Butwal, Butwal

Yes, very grate achievement of Napali solder in that movement of Taliban attack and we thank to UK GOVT for this award to MR PUN KHANSANG YOLMO, DARJEELING

Bravery is what world knows as the synonym to NEPAL. That achievement of single Nepali makes whole countrymen feel proud. Jai GURKHAS.jai NEPAL. Dimitri Everest Bivek Prrasai, delhi

really praiseworthy sanjeev kumar das, banglore

Dear Sir, With due respect and humble submission I would like to exalt you for the incredible work that you have done ultimately which has famed our ancients. Badhai cha sir tapailai. Proud to say BIR GORKHALI!!!!! Faithfully, Sulav Shrestha. Sulav Shrestha, Kathmandu

Well done, Sir! A good example for the allies: Not dying! Peter Hovmand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Congratulations Dip, you carry on the proud tradition of one of the greatest fighting forces in history.Well done sir, and God bless you for your service to freedom. Damon W. Timblin, Bellingham, WA. U.S.A.

Congrats Dip,well done. My father served with the Gurkha's in Borneo during WW2 and he said that he would rather have a squad of Gurkhas behind him thana regiment of Americans. captaingrumpy, Australia

Dear Dip Congratulation to you in your achievement. At the present time your are light of Gurkhas. You have done very well. It is experiment of small red chilly ( Jire Khursani)how effect it, if if you use it. Once again well done your bravery. Yours sincere Ser Pun London SER BAHADUR PUN, SOUTH LONDON

well done! i think u truely deserve this award. the gurkers are amazing solders. Thomas Smith, Stoke-on-Trent

Congratulations to this brave man. I served alongside the Gurkha in Borneo in 1964/5 and have a huge amount of respect for them. Philip Smith, Luton UK

well done, this british subject is proud of you.peace to you brother. christopher connell, london,england

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