No search, so I don't know if it's a dupe..Looked back 6 pages and didn't see anything..This was sent to me today from a friend...
SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE NEWS
Maybe you'd like to hear about something other than idiot Reservists and
Maybe you'd like to hear about a real American, somebody who honored the
uniform he wears.
Meet Brian Chontosh.
Churchville-Chili Central School class of 1991. Proud graduate of the
Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband and about-to-be father. First
lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
And a genuine hero.
The secretary of the Navy said so yesterday.
At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross,
the second highest award for combat bravery the United States can bestow.
That's a big deal.
But you won't see it on the network news tonight, and all you read in
Brian's hometown newspaper was two paragraphs of nothing. Instead, it was
more blather about some mental defective MPs who acted like animals.
The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it's not covering
the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving
virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing.
Oh, sure, there's a body count. We know how many Americans have fallen. And
we see those same casket pictures day in and day out. And we're almost on a
first-name basis with the pukes who abused the Iraqi prisoners. And we know
all about improvised explosive devices and how we lost Fallujah and what
Arab public-opinion polls say about us and how the world hates us.
We get a non-stop feed of gloom and doom.
But we don't hear about the heroes.
The incredibly brave GIs who honorably do their duty. The ones our
grandparents would have carried on their shoulders down Fifth Avenue.
The ones we completely ignore.
Like Brian Chontosh.
It was a year ago on the march into Baghdad. Brian Chontosh was a platoon
leader rolling up Highway 1 in a humvee.
When all hell broke loose.
The young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns, rocket
propelled grenades. And the kid out of Churchville was in charge. It was do
or die and it was up to him.
So he moved to the side of his column, looking for a way to lead his men to
safety. As he tried to poke a hole through the Iraqi line his humvee came
under direct enemy machine gun fire.
It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were the fish.
And Brian Chontosh gave the order to attack. He told his driver to floor
the humvee directly at the machine gun emplacement that was firing at them.
And he had the guy on top with the .50 cal unload on them.
Within moments there were Iraqis slumped across the machine gun and
Chontosh was still advancing, ordering his driver now to take the humvee
directly into the Iraqi trench that was attacking his Marines. Over into
the battlement the humvee went and out the door Brian Chontosh bailed,
carrying an M16 and a Beretta and 228 years of Marine Corps pride.
And he ran down the trench.
With its mortars and riflemen, machineguns and grenadiers.
And he killed them all.
He fought with the M16 until it was out of ammo. Then he fought with the
Beretta until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up a dead man's AK47 and
fought with that until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up another dead
man's AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo.
At one point he even fired a discarded Iraqi RPG into an enemy cluster,
sending attackers flying with its grenade explosion.
When he was done Brian Chontosh had cleared 200 yards of entrenched Iraqis
from his platoon's flank. He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least
as many more.
But that's probably not how he would tell it.
He would probably merely say that his Marines were in trouble, and he got
them out of trouble. Hoo-ah, and drive on.
"By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in
the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh
reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of
the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
That's what the citation says.
And that's what nobody will hear.
That's what doesn't seem to be making the evening news. Accounts of
American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet accounts of
American difficulties are heralded as objectivity. It makes you wonder if
the role of the media is to inform, or to depress ? to report or to deride.
To tell the truth, or to feed us lies.
But I guess it doesn't matter.
We're going to turn out all right.
As long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2004
The only way this will get reported is to say he is a war monger.
I expect nothing less from our Marines.
And that boys and girls pretty well sums things up.
wow he went Rambo on ther ass's!
I copied, pasted, and forwarded that article to EVERYBODY on my email list.
I would suggest that you all do the same.
The Navy Cross? Great, but the Medal of Honor might be more appropriate.
Semper Fi, LT!
Excuse me, CAPTAIN!
Congratulations on a well-deserved promotion. I'd fight for this man ANY DAY.
Not too shabby, being personally decorated by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Secretary of the Navy. I hope this young officer keeps his head down. We need him and Marines like him.
He should be recieving the Model Of Honor!
Spawn Camping? wassat?
This Marine should have recieved the Medal of Honor.
If he was soldier, sure, but since he was a Marine they probably reduced it on purpose.
Nothing like charging an ambush and rolling up their flank to start the day, eh?
Computer combat game bullshit.
'to spawn' 'spawning' 'spawning point' - the location within the game environment where human players enter / appear.
'camping' - generally a negative description of behaviour / tactic where a player will stay in a single position and ambush all who pass by.
'spawn camping' - essentially standing at or firing on the spawn location so that entering players are killed immediately / before they can get their shit together.
A good real-life example of spawn camping is when the Germans opened up on the allies as soon as the doors on the landing craft opened in the beginning of Saving Private Ryan.
Not a peep about this on the news, but when the Army fucked up and a girl got knocked unconcious, we had to listen to it over and over again.
Then we had to listen to how a solider, who had NO IDEA how maintain a weapon or employ it recieved a Bronze Star because her Platoon Leader got LOST and got his soliders killed and wounded.
What a joke.
Way to go Captain!!
Chesty would be proud.
On the Delta Force net, that was called "Base Rapeing" and was great fun!
Dam fine American!
See, thats my gripe against those CS and AA nerds who bitch about "spawn camping" or "camping" in general. Its combat proven!!
What a stud!
What he did warrants the Medal of Honor, IMO.
Isn't it great that a woman who was in a car crash and knocked unconscious then taken prisoner was hailed as a hero, given a medal, and had a rifle fund started for her, but when a REAL, TRUE HERO is given the Navy Cross (when he really should have received the Medal of Honor) all HE gets is a pat on the back.
Amazing story of selfless courage in the face of death.
This is a true hero. Unlike some yo-yo who dribbles a ball down the court or stars in some tv sitcom.
I'm so sick of how our news media creates the stories they want us to take interest in rather than the truly important events in our world.
This was reported in my local paper here in Huntington Beach, the Orange County Register (circ. 300,000). I couldn't find it on line but I believe it was on the front page and had three of the guys pictured along with the story.
Get a battalion of men like him... War would be over, then off to Saudi....
Good job Cap!