District 16 was honored tonight to have one of our nation’s heroes throw out the first pitch to kick off our 2013 Virginia District 16 10-11 Year-Old Baseball Tournament, Silver Star recipient Corporal Christian Brown, accompanied by his mother Lynn and his sister Madison.
Cpl. Brown was born and raised in Tennessee. He loves hunting, fishing, baseball, and his country.
On Friday, May 3, 2013, Cpl. Christian Brown received the third highest award of valor, the Silver Star, for his actions on patrol on Dec. 7, 2011 while in Afghanistan. Cpl. Brown and his squad 1st Battalion, 6th Marines came under fire from several positions by insurgents. Cpl. Brown was able to lead his squad in a counterattack.
After one of his squad members, LCpl. Christopher Jacob Levy, was critically wounded in the head by a sniper, Brown arranged for the victim’s evacuation. The initial landing zone was deemed unsafe for the medical helicopter because of gunfire. Brown organized his Marines to secure another landing zone.
Brown then carried the wounded Levy almost 1,000 feet under enemy fire to the helicopter. After safely evacuating Levy, he and his squad were able to fight the insurgents off.
Six days later on Dec. 13, 2011, Brown was leading his squad on another foot patrol when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. Both of his legs were blown off: one above the knee, the other below the hip. He also lost part of his right index finger.
Cpl. Brown’s personal awards also include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, General Kvinitadze Georgian Achievement Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He is currently with the Wounded Warrior Battalion East, Marine Corps Detachment Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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 greater nation for having such amazing men.