Friday, June 03, 2011

Dipprasad Pun Received Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for Action in Afghanistan

The British government has bestowed its highest military honor on a true hero. Dipprasad Pun of Nepal single handedly fought back 30 Taliban fighters after being surrounded.

Pun fired over 400 rounds and over a dozen grenades, pushing the Taliban back. He is receiving the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his actions.

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.
A true hero.

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