Silver Star: Brian Stann is an American hero, but do you know why?


Brian Stann is a bad dude.

Not the kind of bad dude who steals from babies and flips off old people. He's the kind of bad dude who could incapacitate you before you even knew what was happening.

Stann's nickname is "All American." You knew that.

He served in the United States Marines. You probably knew that, too.

You may have also heard that, during his time of service, Stann was awarded the Silver Star Medal. But do you know why?

Today, uncovered a public listing of Stann's heroic deeds in great detail. Here it is:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brian M. Stann, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Second Mobile Assault Platoon Leader, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Second Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, SECOND Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 8 May to 14 May 2005. During Operation MATADOR, Second Lieutenant Stann led his reinforced platoon on an assault through a foreign fighter and Mujahedeen insurgent defense-in-depth to seize the Ramana Bridge north of Karabilah, Iraq. On three separate occasions, he traversed four kilometers of enemy occupied urban terrain in order to maintain his battle position. With each deliberate attack he controlled close air support and the direct fire systems of tanks and heavy machineguns destroying enemy positions along the route. At one point, the enemy massed on his platoon and fired over 30 rocket propelled grenades, machineguns, detonated two improvised explosive devices and attacked the unit with three suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive devices. Second Lieutenant Stann personally directed two casualty evacuations, three vehicle recovery operations and multiple close air support missions under enemy small arms, machinegun and mortar fire in his 360-degree fight. Inspired by his leadership and endurance, Second Lieutenant Stann's platoon held the battle position on the Euphrates River for six days protecting the Task Force flank and isolating foreign fighters and insurgents north of the river. Second Lieutenant Stann's zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional presence of mind reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

So there you have it. That's real Rambo stuff. It's easy to see why a guy like that doesn't fold under pressure in the cage. He's seen much worse.

Chael Sonnen is going to have his hands full at UFC 136 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 8, 2011. He might even have his mouth filled with knuckles, too, if he's not careful.

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