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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
On Captain Brian R. Chontosh, USMC:

Hat Tip to BlackFive.

With all the kimchi coming out of Iraq over the past two weeks, I think its time to report some of the good stuff happening in that part of the world. With this in mind, I would like you to read the story of Captain Brian R. Chontosh, USMC.

He was awarded the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor in its recognition of heroism in battle, for actions taken on 25 March 2003. I believe its best told by the Marines, so you can find the entire account here.

I would also like to echo the questions floating around the military blogoshpere. Why is it the media only sees fit to report that which reflects badly on the military? I’m sure Captain Chontosh’s story, heroic though it is, is not entirely unique.

The men and women of the United States Armed Forces are, by and large, decent, honorable, and courageous. They are doing heroic work in an unforgiving environment. I for one am sick and damn tired of the constant carping that Iraq is an un-winnable situation and the best thing to do now is withdraw, appease the UN, the Sudan, and the French – in short – surrender.

Somehow I don’t think Captain Chontosh saw it that way.

Thank you, Captain. Semper Fi.

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