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.
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Thanks for the post. It is true that the VAST MAJORITY of our military folks are doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times under horrendous circumstances, no matter how the liberal media spins it.
At least liberals follow the rules! LOL
not Hoo=ah for the Marine Corps
It is OORAH, said fast load & with a lot of enthusiasm it is the sound that a pit bull makes.
That is one thing that gave the Marines the name Devil Dogs.
As for the marine Leutenant I am sure that he & all of his men will tell you that they were just doing there job.
As for the Media , When it comes to the reporters talking about someones bravery in action, Most of the time it gets reversed & all they show are the poor piles of crap that just tryed to ambush anouther US Soldier, & they want to make people feel sorry for their 3rd world misguided bodies that are now laying in the dirt, feeding the worms.
When if it was a US Soldier that was laying there they would be dancing around his body like it was some great feat & the Media eats that crap up.
What I am saying is that some times it is better if the media doesnt broadcast a hero, then turn around & slap him & his family in the face.
I am not a racist but I realy wish they would turn that part of the country into Glass.
Just My Opinion.
let's go with the operation scorched earth !
Cecil shows what a complete Ars Hole he is. Cecil I hope you come on down to Alabama. I would like to be the first one to Kick your sorry A$$! you worthless piece of sheot! And again I will Prey your sorry A$$ is one of the first to fall victim to the terrorist attacks if Kerry takes office. Or better yet I hope your family and children are the ones to die. So you will be responsible for it by supporting Kerry! You dumb Prick!
There is no reason to talk to anyone like that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Afterall this a free country. You have the right to disagree with anyones opinion, but you are a pretty low life person if you wish the things you just did on anyone. You almost sound like one of those muslim fanatics on the television. They always wish death and destruction on people's families as well just because they don't think like they do. Hm, something to think about Brian.
I don't think you'd be able to kick Cecil's a$$ with the broken freaking bones your gonna have douchbag.
You seem to have a problem with hate. The last person I knew with that much hate dropped dead on the floor of a massive heart attack at a young age. It will hurt you more than those you hate.
As far as kicking my a$$ I'm not concerned in the slightest. BTW, I don't have any children, but my dad who now lives on my property is in his late sixties could probably still kick yours. He's a retired Green Beret and has a tendency to bend vise grips when he attempts to loosen rusty bolts. He also thinks Bush is a privledged little snot boy that is wasting our military resources and lives.
So who is the hero , the american fighting thousands of miles from his(free) country.Or the Iraque defending his people,his rights,his believes in order to feel free in his country.
Please keep in mind that the hole world isn't amarica with amarican ways.The most eastern countries still live their tradisional ways as they did for hundreds of years and nobody has the right to just bardge in and force them to change to your new world ways.
Any war has two sides and there will be heros on both sides.
the ones that have no qualms killing their own innocent civilians with bombs or cutting off the heads of civilian folks coming over to help rebuild the country are heros? I think not.
However, I do believe it is somewhat arrogant and naive for our CIC to think our way is the best west for folks that live in a culture so different they might as well be on Mars. He obviously doesn't have an understanding or respect for other cultures. So I guess I meet you halfway.
We can not just cry "I'm telling" everytime the radical governments decide to hate/attack America. Sometimes you have to take a stance. i suppose you are going to convince us that Iraq never had any ill intentions towards us? Do you have any idea how much the USA and UN lost credibility in the Muslim world when Saddam totally ignored UN resolutions for 10 years? Even as kids, sissys are seldom taken seriously.
Brian McIntosh's story can be told and he can tell it himself.
But those boys who have died for what's looking more and more like nothing can't tell their story.
Look, I hated Saddam as much as the rest of you but this is turning ugly in a hurry. If my son was there, I'd want him out. No doubt about it. It's just not something to die for.
I got Brian's name wrong in my post above. It's Brian Chontosh NOT McIntosh. My mistake and I regret making it.