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Video of the Day: Brian Stann Recalls the Scary Battle He Led His Platoon Through in Iraq That Won Him a Silver Star

(Marine Corps Captain Brian Stann receiving his Silver Star in March 2006 for bravery and leadership in battle following Operation Matador.)

If you haven’t heard Brian Stann recall his harrowing tale of his platoon’s six-day firefight in Iraq during Operation Matador, put aside a few minutes today and watch this.

I’m not sure why Brian gets as much flack as he does for being proud of his fellow Marines, but as he explains it, serving his country wasn’t a cakewalk and he says he constantly recalls the horrors he saw during his two tours in Iraq and that it aged him 15 years in the three-years he spent over there.

Regardless of your political views or your views on war, Stann is a hero who helped ensure that his men all made it home after an insurgent attack that could have just as easily gone the other way and for that he should be commended. He is one of the most professional fighters in the sport who always represents MMA with class and dignity — something other fighters should strive to do better.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/FuelTV)

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ghostboner- March 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Ya Danga I know. I was trying to make a witty comment. A play on words of sorts. See, cause your screen name used to be J.Jones, which could be read as Jon Jones, whom I hate, and whom I also have never met. And cause you said that thing about the internet being full of... awwwwwww fuck it.
RwilsonR- March 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm
So some idiots are shitting on a hero like Stann AND Danga is back to his old self? Whatever they did to,change this comments section since this morning, I don't think it's working.
DangadaDang- March 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm
WTF? I'm back to DangadaDang? NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
DangadaDang- March 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm
@ghostboner. You know I was agreeing with you, right?
danomite- March 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm
towelie- March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm
cool new comment section BTW, just changed after my last post.
towelie- March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm
plus don't forget that on the bottom of their ships it still says MADE IN CHINA.
towelie- March 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm
LOL at China coming to Iraq us. They need us to buy their shit. Plus, their Navy still needs some sprucing up if they were inclined to attempt that, also some allies might help, cuz you know ours will if called on.

@holeeball - I think Bisping called dibs already.
smellypiratehooker- March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm
SquidInk- March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm
Shnook, my little cupcake, if China dared crossed the Pacific to attempt an invasion here, you'd see an unleashing of military fury by the U.S. that would make all prior conflicts look like a dress rehearsal. China would get their shit seriously fucked, and you'd see weapons used by the U.S. which we have thus far withheld.
mDino- March 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm
im from canada. war is wrong. let the ppl sending soldiers to fight and die step up themselves. stann is a real hero.
Shnook1200- March 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm
I'm not American, not French, not a faggot, not a pussy, the're not my troops, and I don't eat cheetos. Bravo on the insults, you are backing up my second post claims perfectly and right on cue. I never once said Stann isn't a hero. And if I did then that would have been my mother fuckin right to do so. My OPINION not fact. StinkFacer: I never linked 911 and the 2003 invastion together. I linked 911 and the US trying to globalize with force together, and yes, everyone cares what I think. What do you think all this is? You can't be that dumb. Danky4Twanky: I never bad mouthed Stann, I just think he is a slave to your war machine. Gabrielb: It's "Martial" not "Marshall" as you were referencing. Anyways, have a great day potato nation, and don't forget to look over the Pacific to see when China is coming to Iraq your asses.
StinkFacer- March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Shnook, faggot, no one cares what you think. Incidentally, 9-11 was pre Iraq-Invasion. A may eat one now. Anyone taking odds that this guy is french? Baguette eating Beret wearing pussy.
ghostboner- March 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm
@J.Jones - Ya well fuck you buddy. Wait are you Danga or Jon Jones? Cause I have met neither but definitely hate one of em.

@holeeballs - I agree, if Chael beats Anderson, then yes let Stann fight Anderson.
holeeball- March 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Yeah they're just doing their job. Want to know who else was doing their job? Take a wild guess.
Fried Taco- March 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm
A guy finds himself and his buddies under attack, and manages to save them. He is a hero. Doesn't matter what the fuck you think about war, or why they are there. They were doing their job. That's what it's about, Shnookie. You can say all you want about war, I don't care. You can call Bush and Obama war mongers, say it's the old white rich dudes and their companies starting wars for profit. But when you say Stann isn't a hero, that is just outright bullshit. Even if the villain is our own damn government, who couldn't give two shits if Stann and his platoon die. You want to debate the war, then go to a war or political forum. This thread is about one person, Brian Stann. So shut the fuck up.
holeeball- March 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Congrats to Brian Stann. He can be fed to Anderson right after Chael.
J. Jones- March 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm
@ghostboner Welcome to the internet, a place where anonymous people anonymously claim to hate other people they have never met before. 'Tis a silly place.
ghostboner- March 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm
I met Brian Stann once. I don't see how anyone could have a bad thing to say about him.
Danky4twanky- March 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Lol agreed. They probably are walking around with white flags in their pockets right now, just in case
mmawisdom- March 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm
I think we should arrange a throwdown. But I bet Shnook1200 and amsterdamheavy wouldn't show up. :) *stirs pot*
Ricardo Cabeza- March 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Danky4twanky- March 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Now take off? Your an idiot. War is war, if you wanna talk about the reason that we are there, fine that's debatable. But to talk shit on our troops that fight for our country, right or wrong, is another thing. Yes, I brought up Germany, because it was a nazi party that was trying to take over the world. These guys that are fighting for your country now go out with the same mindset of all those before them. You can't understand the present without understanding the past. Whether you want to believe it or not, there are people in power over seas that wish to subjugate people of their own because they differ in beliefs. Not just the 911 incident, so read a book. Like I said if you don't agree with the reason we are there fine. But don't bad mouth the guys out there putting their lives on the line while you sit on your couch and eat cheetos
Shnook1200- March 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Hey all you that can justify an INVASION of another country need to give your head a shake. If another country was to invate the US would you fight and try to kill the opposition? Of course you would and so would I. And that is what 1000's of people are doing to your troops, your borthers, sisters, fathers, and mothers every day because the powers at be (US corporations) are telling your military where to go. "Never put in question the intergrity of the military's leadership"??? As in, never question authority? The people who want you to do shit for them, risk your life, for their own interests made that BS up.

Bringing up Germany? Really? 70+ years ago? To think that Germany would conquer the world without US intervention is insane.

Look all, I am 100% in favor of one's military DEFENDING a country, just not invading to secure another country's resources all the while killing people. The United States of America is LESS SAFE by killing soldiers/civilians of other countires. WTF do you think 911 was? That never would have happened if your govt stayed where the fuck it should: The good old USA.

You guys are a bunch of school yard bullies. You are not free. Free to consume yes, but not free to speak your mind (obviously by the crap you all laid out). Only one of you wrote something that did not involve my comment: El Guapo. He respects freedom of speech. All the rest of you involved violence and disrespect.


Now take off, eh!
towelie- March 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm
eh? what's that aboot? why you gotta knock our anthem shit face? ignorant ass, we are the only thing keeping mexico from invading your country. LOL.

mmawisdom- March 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Our troops go when they are called and do what is asked by the elected politicians. Any American who posts anti-troop rhetoric can blame the leadership and the lobbyists, but perhaps they should just blame themselves. The same douche-bags that infest the Internet spewing troop disrespect are the same ones that can't be bothered to vote or do anything but be self-serving egotists sitting on their hippy platitudes while people like Brian actually man up and participate in life. United States Marines. No force on earth that can make them back down from a fight on our behalf. I am proud of them, and proud to know that my country has an institution that can build men of character and strength like them.