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I Urge You, Meet Brian Chontosh, an Unreported American Marine Hero
CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JUNE 11, 2005 | Editor, Chronwatch.com

Posted on 06/11/2005 2:11:31 PM PDT by CHARLITE

For those of you who might not know, the man on the left is the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Gen. Michael W. Hagee), and he is proud to know the man on the right.......


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 (now captain) in the United States Marine Corps.

And a genuine hero.

The secretary of the Navy said so yesterday.

At 29 Palms in Californiam, Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery that 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. 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 really 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 jerks 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.

Ambush city!

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.

Ooo-rah, 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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 29palms; award; brianchontosh; california; fallen; hero; iraq; navycross; usmarine; war

1 posted on 06/11/2005 2:11:31 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

HERO BUMP!!!


2 posted on 06/11/2005 2:15:15 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: CHARLITE

A great story and a great hero! And how true that we hardly ever hear about these wonderful Americans. Thank you to all our soldiers.


3 posted on 06/11/2005 2:15:52 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: CHARLITE

Amen! And Semper Fidelis...


4 posted on 06/11/2005 2:16:54 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: CHARLITE

Oohrah Devil Dog! That is one seriously motivated Marine. Though he may not be mentioned in the MSM, I'll definitly tell everyone I know of Capt. Chontosh. I'm also going to write my congressmen to speak of his bravery and suggest a Medal of Honor, as there is no doubt in my mind that he definitly follows in the tradition of Dan Daly, two-time winner of the MoH and one of the most decorated Marines in history. Even old Chesty Puller himself would be proud.

Semper Fidelis!


5 posted on 06/11/2005 2:19:00 PM PDT by Nipplemancer (Abolish the DEA !)
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To: CHARLITE

The MSM isn't fit or deserving to shine the boots of Captain Chontosh!

As for me, reading about Capain Chontosh is a humbling experiance, and all I can do is offer a very sincere "thank you, and please get home to your loved ones safely!"

Mark


6 posted on 06/11/2005 2:19:33 PM PDT by MarkL (I've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!)
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To: JDoutrider
Hear, hear!

This sounds like Medal of Honor material.

My uncle received the Navy Cross in WWII. I didn't know it until after he died. I wish I could have heard the story from him.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

7 posted on 06/11/2005 2:20:11 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: CHARLITE

Speechless...
Just God bless all our troops.
I truly consider each and everyone of them hero's!


8 posted on 06/11/2005 2:21:28 PM PDT by motormouth
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To: CHARLITE
HOLY SH#T! This guy needs to be on a couple FNC shows some night to tell his story.

Semper Fi!

9 posted on 06/11/2005 2:22:04 PM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: CHARLITE
Give me ten minutes and my readers at Christian-news-in-maine.com will see it.

Thanks great piece,

Jake

10 posted on 06/11/2005 2:28:19 PM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: MarkL
The MSM isn't fit or deserving to shine the boots of Captain Chontosh!

That is exactly right.
And this is exactly why the MSM won't report it.
The modern MSM is all about themselves. All about celebrity.
Reporting this would show them for the petty narcasistists they are.
Courage Dan.
11 posted on 06/11/2005 2:28:55 PM PDT by ProudVet77
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To: CHARLITE

Hero is putting it mildly....

Thanks Captain!


12 posted on 06/11/2005 2:30:55 PM PDT by vipervomit (gun control means being able to hit your target!)
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To: CHARLITE

Isn't this over a year old or did he get another Navy Cross?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1133018/posts


13 posted on 06/11/2005 2:32:57 PM PDT by idkfa
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To: DTogo

Ollie North would be the person to contact.

www.warstories@foxnews.com


14 posted on 06/11/2005 2:33:59 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: CHARLITE

Salute to a fine Marine.

A grateful nation thanks you.


15 posted on 06/11/2005 2:36:24 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: CHARLITE
Lieutenant sir. Thank you for serving. God bless you , your family and the US Marine corp.

semper fi

16 posted on 06/11/2005 2:36:25 PM PDT by bubman
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To: CHARLITE

It's up, I thank you, this is a great story, thank heaven for the internet.


17 posted on 06/11/2005 2:46:50 PM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: DTogo

Sorry .. blew that - it should be warstories@foxnews.com


18 posted on 06/11/2005 2:53:27 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: motormouth

Amen! to that. Capt Chontosh stands 10,000 ft taller than so many of the scum who claim citizenship in these United States!


19 posted on 06/11/2005 2:53:50 PM PDT by Eighth Square
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To: CHARLITE
And he killed them all.

Either your best friend... or your worst enemy... a United States Marine.

"Oohrah!" to this heroic devildog, and the thousands more just like him.

And meanwhile, the left-wing, military & America-hating media runs mindless shows like "The Greatest American", putting the General, President, and Father of our GREAT Country - GEORGE WASHINGTON, on the same footing with Oprah-f**king-Winfrey, Muhammed-The-Draft-Dodger-Ali, Bill-Put-Your-Lips-Right-Here-Clinton, and a host of other goofballs that have NEVER put it all on the line for their country.

And to top it off, there is NO MENTION of our great men and women in uniform, like Captain Brian Chontosh, who truly ARE - our GREATEST AMERICANS.

The left-wing media, CONTINUES to sicken and disgust.

20 posted on 06/11/2005 2:55:36 PM PDT by DocH (Gun-grabbers, you can HAVE my guns... lead first.)
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To: CHARLITE

Thanks. Passin' this one on.


21 posted on 06/11/2005 2:56:12 PM PDT by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: CHARLITE
You and the editor at ChronWatch should read Free Republic more often.

Chontosh

22 posted on 06/11/2005 3:15:21 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: CHARLITE; Lady Jag
I am sure LadyJAG will be adding that man to her harem of photos for Friday Silliness. She is developing quite the reputation. Some are calling her "dollar bill". I however am not among that crowd.
=^D
23 posted on 06/11/2005 3:25:47 PM PDT by Mark in the Old South (Sister Lucia of Fatima pray for us)
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To: CHARLITE

I heard of an American naval person who got a Silver Star for shooting an unarmed Vietnamese boy in the back. That action bears no relation whatsoever to this Marine's courageous action. The MSM refuses to write about real heros, but use all their space for traitorous non-heros like Kerry.


24 posted on 06/11/2005 3:47:43 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus
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To: Mark in the Old South; CHARLITE
Some are calling her "dollar bill". I however am not among that crowd.

I don't know what that means, but Capt. Brian Chontosh is a hunk to me!


25 posted on 06/11/2005 4:13:51 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Loyalty)
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To: idkfa

I thought it sounded familiar.


26 posted on 06/11/2005 4:30:37 PM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; anniegetyourgun; maestro; TEXOKIE; ...
For those of you who might not know, the man on the left is the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Gen. Michael W. Hagee), and he is proud to know the man on the right.......

27 posted on 06/11/2005 5:01:32 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Good post, although I believe the award was made out on Range 400 about a year or two ago.


28 posted on 06/11/2005 5:03:26 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: Cvengr

It is never too late to say thank you ^-^


29 posted on 06/11/2005 5:06:26 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Always A Marine

Holy Cow...
The marines are coming... and they brought hell with them...

wow...


30 posted on 06/11/2005 5:10:11 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2 (I remember when conservative meant, CUTTING the governent's POWER and SIZE down.)
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To: CHARLITE
Is there any way of having a headliner at the top of the forums for such heroic acts by our military? We need to keep these stories in the limelight and at the forefront of the site.
31 posted on 06/11/2005 5:13:29 PM PDT by Conservative4Life (Blaming GUNS for crimes is like Blaming SPOONS for Rosies morbid obesity....)
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To: Former Military Chick; Nam Vet; kellynla; EagleUSA
For your interest.

Char

32 posted on 06/11/2005 5:18:10 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: CHARLITE

I just sent this to everybody in my address book and asked them to pass it on. That seems to be the only wayb the news will get out. Thanks for the post and thank God that we have such wonderful, couragous people fighting for us.


33 posted on 06/11/2005 5:30:50 PM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping.


34 posted on 06/11/2005 6:26:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (Deep Throat(s) -- top level FBI officials playing cub reporters for fools.)
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To: Conservative4Life
This story is in the true reflections of Sgt. York of Tennessee from the first WW. A true American Hero in all respects of the word. This Marine should be awarded the CMH as was Sgt. York. A Movie for TV on a real Hero.

MCHM9 (Ret.) J. Dusty Rhodes Navy
35 posted on 06/11/2005 7:12:28 PM PDT by Maigrey (Don't make me call the Emperor on you!)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


36 posted on 06/11/2005 8:14:18 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SwatTeam; Conservative4Life; JDoutrider; marty60
I just received this message in an email from Lee Ellis, who writes occasional columns published on various web journals (chronwatch.com; The Rant.us etc.) Lee is a retired CBS and Gannett Vice President. He noticed this article on Brian Chontosh, and said this:

"This happened right near where I live. The Navy Cross was given to him back on May 6, 2004, just a tad over a year ago. It was in our newspapers, of course, and on our TV because it was a local story as is everything that happens at 29 Palms Marine base.

Thanks for reminding of us about it. I have seen this on the net quite a bit since last year, but it is good for it to be repeated often.

Semper Fi!
Lee

37 posted on 06/11/2005 9:51:55 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: Calpernia

Brian Chontosh; American Marine Hero ~ Bump!


38 posted on 06/12/2005 8:15:44 AM PDT by blackie
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To: lightingguy

ping


39 posted on 06/13/2005 6:58:58 AM PDT by agrace (All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: CHARLITE

OUTSTANDING!


40 posted on 06/13/2005 7:03:00 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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