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Project Hero: 1LT Brian R. Chontosh
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, November 19, 2005

For those of you that don't know, I mentioned a few days back that I was surprised to learn 208 Silver Stars had been awarded in Iraq. Apparently heroism isn't newsworthy enough for most of the MSM. So in an effort to change that, I've embarked on a bit of a personal crusade called "Project Hero", where I will highlight the heroism of some of our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today we honor a young Marine officer who won the nation's second highest honor for valor in action: the Navy Cross.

From 1LT Chontosh's Navy Cross citation:
For extraordinary heroism as Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 25 March 2003. While leading his platoon north on Highway I toward Ad Diwaniyah, First Lieutenant Chontosh's platoon moved into a coordinated ambush of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, and automatic weapons fire. With coalition tanks blocking the road ahead, he realized his platoon was caught in a kill zone. He had his driver move the vehicle through a breach along his flank, where he was immediately taken under fire from an entrenched machine gun. Without hesitation, First Lieutenant Chontosh ordered the driver to advance directly at the enemy position enabling his .50 caliber machine gunner to silence the enemy. He then directed his driver into the enemy trench, where he exited his vehicle and began to clear the trench with an M16A2 service rifle and 9 millimeter pistol. His ammunition depleted, First Lieutenant Chontosh, with complete disregard for his safety, twice picked up discarded enemy rifles and continued his ferocious attack. When a Marine following him found an enemy rocket propelled grenade launcher, First Lieutenant Chontosh used it to destroy yet another group of enemy soldiers. When his audacious attack ended, he had cleared over 200 meters of the enemy trench, killing more than 20 enemy soldiers and wounding several others. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
To men like 1LT Chontosh we owe an extraordinary debt of thanks and respect for their service and their valor.

Link to this, help spread the stories of valor and heroism for which members of our military, like 1T Chontosh are honored. It's the least we can do for them.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Beautiful idea, and a much needed component of the counterweight to the Postmodernists’ unremitting campaign to deconstruct what the Founders gave us.

We can lay the blame for all of our current problems—all of them—at the feet of the tax-supported compulsory school system. Literally from the moment of their founding in the mid-1800s, the most prominent collectivists of the time—the utopian socialists, very quickly followed by the Progressives—salivated at the sight of so many young, malleable minds compelled to learn just what the government wanted.

The Progressives worked hard, and by the 1930s they began to see the fruits of their labors; soon they were joined by other collectivist groups who shared their goals, and by the ’50s, they—now known as "Postmodernists"—had achieved "critical mass," and during the 60s, the verdict was in. They had won.

Islam’s entire philosophy, from its ethics to its politics, is invalid, but one need not have a valid philosophy in order to win (at least in the short run); as Ayn Rand said, "The most consistent side wins."

Islam is making impressively alarming progress not because it respects reality and uses reason, but simply because it is intransigent and highly consistent.

We, on the other hand, are timid and uncertain, thanks to 150 years’ worth of influence of collectivist ideals on the minds of about 13 academic generations of school children.

We can still turn it around, but time is growing short. Lock and load.
Written By: cubed
Excellent idea! I’m linking to it. Cheers! Sanna
Written By: Sanna
Check your email.
You may find it helpful.
Written By: Bithead
Wow. What a great citation. I got goose bumps reading it. Please continue this idea. I do not have a blog of my own, but I will spread this as far as I can.
Written By: themarkman
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What a wonderful idea! When I go to bed at night with a sense of security, I know that it is due to the sacrifices and dedication of these brave men and women in our armed forces. GOD BLESS THEM! It is very upsetting to me that the MSM is distorting the sacrifices and incredible things they are accomplishing and refusing to let the public know of their continuuing stories of valor and heroism and what they are accomplishing. Shame on them! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! If we all keep writing our Congress members and voice our disapproval through letters, emails, and YES, our pocketbooks by boycotting the MSM’s major sponsors, we can get our message across. It takes money to continue programming. Perhaps we haven’t hit the MSM in the right place—-their pocketbooks.
Written By: C. Anderson
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If you need material, here’s several dozen examples:
Written By: Chuck Simmins
Chuck, thank you! I’m make sure you get the credit your help deserves. Thanks again.
Written By: McQ
God Bless you brave sir. I, too, got goosebumps and tears as I read about you and it get’s me so emotional to know that true heros do still exist and most of them are in the military. Every American, Iraqi, and freedom loving person on earth owes you and your comrades more than we can every repay.

As a Navy vet, I have always known the depth of the soul and devotion to honor of a military member, but am still in awe each time I hear of yet another act of incredible bravery and sacrifice You are my hero as are you comrades, those who have served, and those who will.

Most democrats and liberals will never have the privilige of understanding your grand contribution to their very cozy lives. But, you and most of us appreciative Americans and freedom loving people will. Oh, and you will know and carry that in your heart.

God Bless You

Debra Monahan,
Navy Vet, Navy Wife, Military Brat, Mother & Granny
Written By: Debra Monahan
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I think this is a wonderful idea. Count me in.
Written By: xyba
Please run with this idea! Any support I can give I’d be happy to do so! Yesterday, for the FIRST time EVER, I saw a story of heroism by MSM...on CNN no less...
Written By: Joel B
Excellent! Keep up the good work.

Time to get cracking on the other 207 (not to mention SFC Paul Smith, MOH)
Written By: thebronze
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Wow. How many times did Lieutenant Chontosh see "Sergeant York"?

The MSM has been highlighting our heroes from the beginning. Unfortunately they’ve only been telling us who dies and how. It’s a welcome change to hear about what they accomplish while alive.

Thanks for a great service McQ!
Written By: Doug Purdie
Sgt. Rafael Peralta

Corporal Jason Dunham

Cpl Joshua Butler, PFC Charles Young, Cpl. Anthony Fink

Captain Brian Chontosh.

1st Sergeant Justin D. Lehew

Corporal Jason Dunham

Staff Sgt. Robert Whisenant.

I’m sure there are more in my archives but these were the ones that I remembered right off the bat.

Written By: Cassandra
I remember reading Chontosh’s story, looking forward to reading many new ones. Thank you for this feature. Excellent idea.
Written By: Morenuancedthanyou
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This document is protected behind a firewall, but I do not think the contents are classified as the results were previously published in the Army Times. Just for the Army there have been 2,511 ARCOMs for valor, 353 Air Medals for valor, 10,043 purple hearts, 893 Bronze Stars for valor, 66 Soldier’s Medals, 30 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 174 Silver Stars, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses and one MOH. That is just for Iraq, There are also 21,119 Combat Infantryman’s Badges, 5274 Combat Medical Badges and 4274 Combat Action Badges.

In Afghanistan: 1 DSC, 37 Silver Stars, 50 DFCs, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 470 bronze Stars with V, 850 purple hearts, 225 Air Medals for valor, 284 ARCOMs for valor, 8543 CIBs, 850 CMBs and 81 CABs.

All statistics cited through 30 Sept 2005.

Written By: Jim
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This is simply the best site one the web(yes, even better than Michelle M.)!
Finally someone’s documenting for the public the heroic actions of our service people!!
Thanks for the service to both our troops and those at home who admire their sacrifice.
Written By: David G. LOwrance
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