There are times that I absolutely love the US military and the kinds of people it tends to produce. Here’s two prime examples.
Example 1: Marine Capt. Brian R. Chontosh. He was awarded the Navy Cross and royally deserved it. To wit:
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.
Example 2: Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt. In the wake of the “Wedding party” bombing in Western Iraq, he has been attempting to convince the press that these were, indeed, genuinely bad people. As evidence begins to mount that there may have been a party going on after all, Gen. Kimmitt commented “Bad people have parties, too.”
I love it. God bless the US military for all they’re doing for us.