Nation’s third-highest honor bestowed upon brave Marine

By Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting | 2nd Marine Division | May 06, 2013

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Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, awards Cpl. Christian A. Brown with the Silver Star May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, for his actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Silver Star is the third highest military award a service member can receive.

Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, awards Cpl. Christian A. Brown with the Silver Star May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, for his actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Silver Star is the third highest military award a service member can receive. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting)


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Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011.

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The Silver Star is the third-highest military honor a service member can receive, and it’s not everyday the prestigious accolade is awarded. Cpl. Christian A. Brown, a former squad leader with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, received the esteemed medal May 3.

Friends, family and Marines from 1st battalion, 6th Marines filled the 2nd Marine Logistics Group Amphitheater to witness Brown receive his Silver Star. 

Brown, a Munford, Tenn., native, was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

On December 7, 2011, Brown’s squad was attacked while on a patrol. During the intense firefight, Brown ordered two Marines to move to a different location in order to 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.

The crowd gave a roaring ovation for Brown, who lost both of his legs in an unrelated incident, when he stood to receive his Silver Star.

“Brown had only been a squad leader for about a week at the time of the action,” said Brig. Gen. 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.”

Lukeman 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.” 

People lined up by the dozens to personally thank Brown for his actions, and he was happy to see some old friends from his deployment.

“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.”
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17 Comments


  • Martin Johansen 158 days ago
    Semper Fidelis Devil Dog yuuttttt
  • Patterson, RJ 1 years 102 days ago
    Semper Fidelis Marine, stay motivated.
  • Sharon Lee Ruckle 1 years 104 days ago
    God Bless you. Thank you!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgGj-DMwzuQ
  • Richard 1 years 111 days ago
    Corporal Brown...WE are proud of YOU! I don't know how many others would have the courage to do what you did, maybe there are many and maybe there are but a few who would, but you did what you could to help your Brother Marine.

    Hold your head high and know that you are counted among the very best our country has to offer.

    SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
  • Donald L. Miller 1 years 111 days ago
    I am so very proud of you. Thank You very much. Semper FI
  • Nyu 1 years 113 days ago
    inspiring and touching. We need more people like brown!
  • Mark Baker 1 years 113 days ago
    Thank you,
    For your service
  • James anderson 1 years 113 days ago
    To cpl brown I just wanted to tell u that your story is truly inspiring I only wish that stories like yours got more media coverage so everyone would know u as your peers in the marines. They know you as a friend , leader, and hero. After reading this article I know u as a hero and a leader that only deserves respect for the valor and strength that u showed in combat. Thank you for being such a warrior, hero,and inspiration to us all I salute u and all those who serve with u god bless u all
  • Betty McDowell 1 years 113 days ago
    Corporal Brown, Thank you for all that you have done and are still doing for our country and for the Marine Corp. God Bless and keep you.
  • Karen 1 years 113 days ago
    What a hero!! He certainly deserved the honor plus more!! God Bless him!! Brought me to tears!!
  • Cpl. Hunter 1 years 113 days ago
    Amazing Marine, outstanding performance and I know you don't expect an award for doing what a Marine should do, but accept it with pride. A constant reminder that blood is paid for our freedoms.

    Respectfully,
    Cpl. Hunter T.R.
  • Mark S.Clark 1 years 113 days ago
    When us coservative minded Americans talk about Heros like Cpl.Christian A. Brown,U.S.M.C. losing his two legs saving the life of a Brother Marine, by carrying a wounded Marine more than 300 meters to safty under heavy fire from insurgents,Freedom isn't Free, THIS TYPE OF BRAVERY FROM Cpl.Brown is very deserving of a Silver Star! GOD WILL REWARD YOU IN THE LIFE TO COME, AMEN! SEMPER FI
  • Jana Weaver 1 years 113 days ago
    I work with the Mother of the Marine that Cpl.Brown carried. God Bless you Cpl.Brown and thank you for your service to our wonderful Country.
  • Sgt. Jag 1 years 113 days ago
    Semper Fi Marine!
  • Martha Winiesdorffer 1 years 113 days ago
    Thank you Cpl. Christian A. Brown for your brave sacrifices to keep America free! I will honor you and all of our military troops and keep you in my prayers Always. ~ God Bless America ~
    Land of the Free, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE ~ ♥
    May God protect you and your families and bring you All to eternal happiness in His heavenly kingdom. ~ ♥ AMEN ♥
  • tim thompson 1 years 113 days ago
    semper fi devil dog!!!
  • Kim 1 years 114 days ago
    THANKS!

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