Check out this guy:
Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday awarded Britain’s second-highest award for bravery, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, toÂ 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 byÂ 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 thoughtÂ before they kill me I have to kill some of them.”
It’s highly likely that Dip did:
During the 15-minute battle, Pun fired more thanÂ 400 rounds of ammunition, detonatedÂ 17 grenades and aÂ mine and even threw hisÂ gun tripod at a Taliban fighter climbing toward his position, according to British Forces News.
Dip, as the medal citation names him, saved the lives of three fellow soldiers and avoided any injury himself:
“That he survived unscathed is simply incredible,” his medal citation says. “Throughout Dip’s actions he was under almost constant intense fire.Â Dip’s courage and gallantry were simply astonishing.”
Australia has aÂ significant Nepalese population. Let’s get this Taliban-smashing Nepali hero out here for a celebration tour.
A very long war (Bolt)
Did we think that 10 years after going into Afghanistan, we’d still be losing soldiers there?
A 23-year-old Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan overnight, taking to 27 the number of Australians killed.