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http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf...ef/200456162723


MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (May 6, 2004) -- Marine Capt. Brian R. Chontosh received the Navy Cross Medal from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, during an awards ceremony Thursday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Three other Marines received medals for valor at the same ceremony.

Chontosh, 29, from Rochester, N.Y. , received the naval service's second highest award for extraordinary heroism while serving as Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom March 25, 2003. The Medal of Honor is the highest military award.

While leading his platoon north on Highway 1 toward Ad Diwaniyah, Chontosh's platoon moved into a coordinated ambush of mortars, rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire. With coalitions 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, Chontosh ordered the driver to advanced 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, 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, 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.


"They are the reflection of the Marine Corps type who's service to the Marine Corps and country is held above their own safety and lives," said Gen. Hagee, commenting on the four Marines who received medals during the ceremony. "I'm proud to be here awarding the second highest and third highest awards for bravery to these great Marines."

"These four Marines are a reflection of every Marine and sailor in this great battalion," said Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. John L. Estrada.

"I was just doing my job, I did the same thing every other Marine would have done, it was just a passion and love for my Marines, the experience put a lot into perspective," said Chontosh.

In effect since April 1917, and established by an Act of Congress on Feb. 4, 1919, the Navy Cross may be awarded to any person who, while serving with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguishes himself/herself in action by extraordinary heroism not justifying an award of the Medal of Honor.

The action must take place under one of three circumstances: while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
To earn a Navy Cross the act to be commended must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and must be performed in such a manner as to render the individual highly conspicuous among others of equal grade, rate, experience, or position of responsibility.

More than 6,000 Navy Crosses have been awarded since World War I.

What Im curious to know is: Is he the shit on 1st person shooters too?
Joking .... :D

Props to this cool quick thinker while under the severest of pressures
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WOw... not THAT'S a BadAss MARINE!!! Crazy bastard!! no but really. that guy definitely deserves the medal of honor and much more.... :dblthumb
 

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That got my heart beating reading that. That dude is an animal! He needs to come home and start UFC fighting or some shit!!
 

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Fabricated.
 

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Ditto to what superbiker said.

Medal of Honor Winner: how he did it...
He wasn't awarded the Medal of Honor... He was awarded the Navy Cross.

Navy Cross Winner: how he did it...
 

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Defies logic. Common sense tells me that either the govt. was looking for a poster boy or someone went out of their way to glorify themselves. The emotionally charged wording itself is quite suprising coming from a govt. website.
 

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thats what im talking bout'... tag'em & bag'em
 

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King Cobra said:
Defies logic. Common sense tells me that either the govt. was looking for a poster boy or someone went out of their way to glorify themselves. The emotionally charged wording itself is quite suprising coming from a govt. website.
Were you dropped on your head as a child? I can't believe I need to point out the fact that the USMC is not "the government", they are "the military". They are not interchangable terms. usmc.mil is a website run by communications divisions of the Marine Corps, by Marines. And, you wonder why the write-up is emotionally charged? They're writing a story about one of their own. They're not some independent news source; they're not FOX News, CNN, etc. They're expressing the pride in the recognition of this fine Marine. This comes as a surprise to you? I must say I've reviewed your posts and you continually make me shake my head in disblief that you can be so...like you.

If you had ever served you'd actually have meaningful common sense with regards to the manner in which the military recognizes and rewards their people.
 

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I can't believe I need to point out the fact that the USMC is not "the government", they are "the military". They are not interchangable terms. usmc.mil is a website run by communications divisions of the Marine Corps, by Marines. And, you wonder why the write-up is emotionally charged? They're writing a story about one of their own. They're not some independent news source; they're not FOX News, CNN, etc. They're expressing the pride in the recognition of this fine Marine. This comes as a surprise to you? I must say I've reviewed your posts and you continually make me shake my head in disblief that you can be so...like you.

If you had ever served you'd actually have meaningful common sense with regards to the manner in which the military recognizes and rewards their people.
I speculated before posting whether it was a government (in the strict sense)
website or not. But since the government/media/military are effectually all parts of the same puzzle, I figured I would go with it anyway.
Your justification of their word choice is understandable, but if they want cynics such as myself to believe such incredible stories they have got to do better.
 

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Do better at what? Warding off the naysaying remarks of Internet trolls who have absolutely no idea what they're being cynical about? I doubt it is of any consequence to them or anyone else.
 

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King Cobra said:
Defies logic. Common sense tells me that either the govt. was looking for a poster boy or someone went out of their way to glorify themselves. The emotionally charged wording itself is quite suprising coming from a govt. website.

Instead of shit talking behind your computer why don't you go on down to Little Creek NAB and talk some shit. My guess is some Marine poked your wife and now ou are a bitter man. :D
 

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I doubt it is of any consequence to them or anyone else.
If it translates into votes/favorable poll ratings, then there is the motive. It worked for Jessica Lynch, so I guess they tried their hand at this guy.
 

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Instead of shit talking behind your computer why don't you go on down to Little Creek NAB and talk some shit. My guess is some Marine poked your wife and now ou are a bitter man. :D
Well, that is certainly one theory but the more probable is that King Cobra is nothing but a troll posting baited comments hoping to start arguments. Go ahead and do a search on all his posts, you'll clearly see a trend. Oh, and ask him what motorcycle he owns, too. It's only a matter of time until he is escorted to the door.

4. If you don't have a bike, don't ever plan on getting a bike, and have nothing to say about bikes, please don't post here. Once we determine that pattern, we'll just start deleting your posts. Take it to Yahoo! chat or something. This ain't the place for you, and people like you were part of the reason that SBN purged its ranks...
 

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Well, that is certainly one theory but the more probable is that King Cobra is nothing but a troll posting baited comments hoping to start arguments. Go ahead and do a search on all his posts, you'll clearly see a trend. Oh, and ask him what motorcycle he owns, too. It's only a matter of time until he is escorted to the door.

He is a pretty shitty troll if he is one :lol
 

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King Cobra said:
If it translates into votes/favorable poll ratings, then there is the motive. It worked for Jessica Lynch, so I guess they tried their hand at this guy.
You have absolutely no clue, do you. The Marine Corps does not conduct its operations with "votes" or "favorable polls" as a motive in mind. No such motive exists. Marines aren't voted into positions. Polls are not conducted to determine success. Keep translating military decorations with political office and we'll continue to laugh. Move along, troll.
 

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He is a pretty shitty troll if he is one :lol
In some regards, yes. In others, no. He uses a nickname you can't easily scour the Internet for. You can't very well search for "King Cobra" and find his trolling activities on other websites. So, he approaches with an obscure backtrail. He posts conservitively. He doesn't out-right flame but rather pokes and prods hoping to elicit responses. He's been dismally successful thus far but I think he's quickly becomming bored so we'll be seeing some increased efforts from him in the near future.

His mistake is in his signature.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&q="hits4pay.com"+"King+Cobra"&btnG=Search

Notice all the car boards? Do a little clicking and gain some insight into him. Be warned, however, you won't be impressed.
 

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You have absolutely no clue, do you. The Marine Corps does not conduct its operations with "votes" or "favorable polls" as a motive in mind. No such motive exists. Marines aren't voted into positions. Polls are not conducted to determine success. Keep translating military decorations with political office and we'll continue to laugh. Move along, troll.
I realise this. I think you have purposely taken what I just said out of context.

Also, if in fact you take me for a troll, it would be logical for you to stop feeding me.
 
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