Skip to comments.I Urge You, Meet Brian Chontosh, an Unreported American Marine Hero
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.
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.
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.
Amen! And Semper Fidelis...
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.
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!"
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)
Just God bless all our troops.
I truly consider each and everyone of them hero's!
Thanks great piece,
Hero is putting it mildly....
Isn't this over a year old or did he get another Navy Cross?
Ollie North would be the person to contact.
Salute to a fine Marine.
A grateful nation thanks you.
It's up, I thank you, this is a great story, thank heaven for the internet.
Sorry .. blew that - it should be email@example.com
Amen! to that. Capt Chontosh stands 10,000 ft taller than so many of the scum who claim citizenship in these United States!
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.
Thanks. Passin' this one on.
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.
I don't know what that means, but Capt. Brian Chontosh is a hunk to me!
I thought it sounded familiar.
Good post, although I believe the award was made out on Range 400 about a year or two ago.
It is never too late to say thank you ^-^
The marines are coming... and they brought hell with them...
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.
Thanks for the ping.
Thanks for the ping!
"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.
Brian Chontosh; American Marine Hero ~ Bump!