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  1. #1
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    Sep 2002

    Real Hero


    Maybe youíd like to hear about something other than idiot Reservists and naked Iraqis.

    Maybe youíd 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.

    Thatís a big deal.

    But you wonít see it on the network news tonight, and all you read in Brianís 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 itís 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, thereís a body count. We know how many Americans have fallen. And we see those same casket pictures day in and day out. And weíre 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 donít 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 manís AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up another dead manís 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 platoonís flank. He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least as many more.

    But thatís 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.

    ďBy 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.Ē

    Thatís what the citation says.

    And thatís what nobody will hear.

    Thatís what doesnít 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 Ė to report or to deride. To tell the truth, or to feed us lies.

    But I guess it doesnít matter.

    Weíre going to turn out all right.

    As long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform.


  2. #2
    Very inspiring. Great stuff

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    United States
    Whether one agrees with the war or not, you have to support your soldiers that go out there and put their life on the line each and everyday. Great story of one of many heroes of the war.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    My Old Kentucky Home....
    It's time to kick back, pop in a From Autumn to Ashes CD, and relax.....

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Nice one, I must agree. Amen.
    Lorand R. Minyo
    Co-Founder @ Neveli

  6. #6
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    Apr 2003
    Amen indeed.
    "In youth we learn; in age we understand"
    Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

  7. #7
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    Dec 2002
    NY, NY
    God bless him!
    We need more men like that.
    He is a true hero!

  8. #8
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    Apr 2003

    It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were the fish.

    Looks like it was a situation kill or be killed. Guess he figured they would die trying... but instead they kicked a*s!
    "In youth we learn; in age we understand"
    Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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    It really is nice to hear good stories every now and then.
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