- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 3, 2014

It took Cpl. Dipprasad Pun 400 rounds, 17 grenades and a detonated mine, but the Gurkha soldier eventually defeated 30 Taliban soldiers all by himself.

For the effort he was awarded Wednesday with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by Queen Elizabeth II.

“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,” the soldier told the Daily Mail.


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At the time of the attack, Cpl. Pun was alone on sentry duty when his checkpoint was surrounded. Rocket-propelled grenades and AK47s fired at his position for more than 20 minutes, but he meticulously hunted down and neutralized all of his adversaries before help arrived.

“Marchu talai! (“I will kill you”),” he screamed in Napali as fought for his life, at one point even fending off a Taliban soldier with his metal tripod when he ran out of rounds.

His citation, given to him by the queen, reads, “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,” according to the Mail.

Cpl. Pun is married and lives in Ashford, Kent, England, although he is originally from the village of Bima in western Nepal, the Mail reported.