William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY CROSS

Corporal Dipprasad Pun is only thirty-one.
Here is how his bravery C.G.C. was won.
He was alone at his checkpoint; it was overrun
By thirty murderous members of the Taliban.

Slight in stature, these Gurkha Soldiers are Small.
These fine British Soldiers, they hail from Nepal.
They have a rule, about their personal knife.
It’s for the shedding of blood, the taking of life.

Corporal Pun was surrounded by thirty Taliban:
He fired four hundred rounds killing each man.
A couple he killed with the Machine Gun tripod.
Sending enemy soldiers to meet with their God.

Running out of ammo, still under heavy attack,
He used a claymore mine to blow the enemy back.
General Rick Carter said it was quite a brave scene:
Sent Corporal Pun to London, to visit the Queen.

Bravery Gong For Gurkha

London

Sergeant Dipprasad Pun CGC
Decorated: Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, 31,of the 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles holds his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
A Nepalese soldier in the British army has been given a top bravery award by the Queen for his heroics in Afghanistan, where he singlehandedly saw off more than 30 Taliban fighters.

Corporal Dipprasad Pun. 31, said he thought he was going to die and so had nothing to lose in taking on the attackers who overran his checkpoint.

He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, which is given in recognition of acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy.

Corporal 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 Corporal 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.

Corporal Pun was given his medal in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.

The CGC is second only to the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for bravery in the face of the enemy.

“There wasn’t any choice but to fight. The Taliban were all around the checkpoint. I was a lone,” he said.

“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.

“After that I thought nobody can kill us now: when we met the enemy 1 wasn’t scared.”

Britain’s Major General Nicholas Carter, who was commander of Allied forces in southern Afghanistan during Corporal Pun’s deployment, praised his efforts. “It was a remarkable achievement,” he said.

AFP