One of the main objectives outside of the political arena on Marine Vet For Freedom is to tell the stories of our nation’s finest men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty. I would like to proudly introduce you to Corporal Christian Brown, USMC, one of our nation’s heroes.
On Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. the Silver Star, the third highest medal for valor a service member can receive, was awarded to Corporal Christian Brown, a former squad leader with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. He received the medal May 3, 2013.
Brown, a Munford, Tenn., native, was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the 42nd Marine to be awarded the Silver Star in Afghanistan.
On December 7, 2011, Brown’s squad was attacked on a patrol. During the intense firefight, Cpl. Brown ordered two Marines to move to a different location in so they could gain the advantage against the attacking insurgents.
During the two Marines’ movement, one was critically wounded in the head by insurgent fire. Brown instantly radioed in the medical evacuation and led his squad to the designated landing zone while taking heavy fire.
The helicopter was unable to land due to the attacking insurgents, and Brown identified an alternate landing zone 400 meters away. He carried the injured Marine the final 300 meters while still under heavy fire.
After assuring the Marine was safely evacuated, Brown and his squad returned to the firefight until fire ceased.
“Brown had only been a squad leader for about a week at the time of the action,” said Brigadier General James Lukeman, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division. “He got the squad leader job by just being the guy – being the one people naturally follow. He is a natural leader with physical courage and competence.”
He praised Brown for his constant motivation and leadership, including a story of when Brown inspected the commanding general’s gear before going on a patrol in Afghanistan.
“It’s not surprising to me that when faced with extraordinary circumstances, he acted the way he did,” said Lukeman.
“I’m very humbled,” said Brown. “I’ve had the opportunity to serve with some very good Marines.”
“Brown is just a force of personality,” said Lukeman. “Ask anyone in Wounded Warrior Regiment and they’ll say the same thing. Even after losing his legs, he continues to lead, mentor and train other Marines and sailors.”
Brown’s personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, “General Kvinitaze” Georgian Achievement Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He is currently with Wounded Warrior Battalion East, Marine Corps Detachment Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Before the ceremony ended, Brown had a final message for the Marines in formation.
“I was once standing where all of you are in the battalion,” said Brown. “You all are like family to me. Those of you I don’t know, I’m proud of you as well for putting on this uniform and doing our nation’s bidding. I appreciate everything you all do.”
This man is a true hero, and America is better off because of men like him. He is an example of the courage and fortitude that built this nation to where we are today.
We must not forget the heroes like this. Men who risk it all to help a wounded comrade, and make America a safer place. We are a great nation for having such amazing men.