Got Dinged for Misuse of Army Property 

In Afghanistan, Corporal Dipprasad Pun single-handedly fought off over 30 Taliban fighters when his checkpoint was nearly overrun. According to reports, he:

  • Fired more than 400 rounds

  • Launched 17 grenades

  • Took fire from both RPGs and AK-47s

  • When his machine gun failed, he used its tripod to knock down an enemy fighter

  • Detonated a mine to repel two more fighters when he ran out of ammo

Pretty incredible. For his actions, he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. And yet:

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

Now what the hell do you have to do to earn the Victoria Cross?