Go Down Hard

By lex, on June 3rd, 2011

Gurkha Cpl. Dipprasad Pun thought his life was ending. He decided to make it count:

Cpl Pun, from the 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was presented with the CGC during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, during which a number of other soldiers were recognised for their bravery.

Speaking after receiving the honour from the Queen, the Gurkha said: ‘I’m very excited and happy to here in the Palace to receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. This will be a great memory for the future…’

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

At one point, after exhausting all his ammunition, he had to use the tripod of his machine gun to beat away a militant who was climbing the walls of the compound.

Speaking about the actions which earned him the CGC, he said: ‘At that time I wasn’t worried, there wasn’t any choice but to fight. The Taliban were all around the checkpoint, I was alone.’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.

When the end is in sight, some men curl up, and other men stand up. Tough buggers, the Gurkhas.

Ayo Gurkahli!

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