Friday, June 3, 2011

Nepalese Hero - "Move Over "Rambo"

Cpl Pun and his
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Cpl. Dipprasad Pun, 31 a Nepalese soldier in the British army was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross  by the Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday for his heroics in Afghanistan, where he single-handed fought off more than 30 Taliban fighters. (Rambo ain't got anything on Cpl Pun).  An unbelievable act of bravery, and Cpl Pun is quite deserving of the award.Cpl Pun, from the 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles.  The CGC award is the second highest award for bravery, second only to the Victoria Cross.

Pun said that he was motivated by the thought that he was going to die. It matters not from what country these brave young soldiers are from, it is nice to know that they are fighting for all of us and for our freedoms. Cpl Pun, an acting sergeant during his Afghan deployment, was on sentry duty at the time of the attack when he heard a clinking noise outside the small base. At first Pun thought it might be some type of animal,  but when he went to investigate he did find animals, Pun found two insurgents animals digging a ditch to bury an improvised explosive device (IED) at the checkpoint´s front gate.  Cpl Pun was able to defend the base from the roof, the Cpl Pun remained at his position under continuous attack from rocket-propelled grenades and AK47s for more than fifteen minutes under withering fire. According to reports, Cpl Pun fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a Claymore mine to starve off the Taliban assault on his checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, last September. Incredible firefight, and Pun won. There are really no words available to describe the soldiers that lay it on the line for all of us, they do it at a moments notice without regard for their own safiey.  We owe all of the soldiers a debt of gratitude for their service, irregardless of what country they are from, if they are fighting for freedom, they are fighting for all of the free world, and I for one am very grateful for what they do in the name of freedom.

May God Bless them and be with them and keep them safe....


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