June 03, 2011

Long Live The Gurkhas!

A few months ago, a news story came out about one Gurkha successfully fending off 40 train robbers hell-bent on raping a female passenger.

Think that was a fluke?

Well, here's another story about a different Gurkha, via IHateTheMedia:

A Gurkha soldier who single-handedly defeated more than 30 Taliban fighters has been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by the Queen.[...]

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.

When the U.K. Special Forces need help, they call a Gurkha. Just one. That's all they need. ;)

By DMartyr at 04:14 PM | Comments |