British Gurkha receives Gallantry Cross

Acting Sgt. Dip Prasad Pun, 31, a British Gurkha who single-handedly fought off an attack on his base by up to 30 Taliban insurgents has been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross which is only one level down from the Victoria Cross. He received his award for his bravery while defending his checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan against a Taliban assault. During the assault, he fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades , detonated a mine and even used the tripod of his machine gun to beat away a militant climbing the walls of the compound. The only weapon he did not use was the traditional Khukuri because he did not  have it with him at the time. His medal citation 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." This is more proof of why the Gurkhas are the best soldiers in the world! Still!