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I did not see this posted, apologies if it is a double post.
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Looking forward to this. Thanks.
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could be very good -
kinda bummed to see Petraeus interviewed - wish he would just go away
there are so many men who deserved that award who never got it - i wonder if they will delve into the process / politics of the award
sometimes i read the citations and go 'why did THIS guy get it --- but NOT this other guy ? '
Here is a guy who didn't but should have - got the Navy Cross:
Brian R. Chontosh
First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
For Services as Set Forth in the Following 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.
That - to me - is the epitome of the award : Gallantry - violence of action - results - extreme danger - almost super-human
I was in the Army and know a little about how the awards game works and it kinda sucks.
There are many more who deserve significant recognition who are either victims of 'politics' or just slip through the cracks
Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
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I'm not sure my tear ducts can take watching that show.
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Whenever I see a US Marine with a combat award, I immediately think they very likely deserved the next level up.
This looks very interesting. Thanks for posting.
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