Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor

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Where do we get men such as these? How do we deserve such men. On September 29th, 2006, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, a US Navy SEAL, saved the lives of four of his fellow team members by throwing himself on a hand grenade that had been tossed into their post. Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor did not survive, but his four teammates did.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, said four SEALs who spoke to The Associated Press this week on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret.

"He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it," said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs' lives, and we owe him."

Monsoor, a 25-year-old gunner, was killed in the explosion in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. He was only the second SEAL to die in Iraq since the war began.

Two SEALs next to Monsoor were injured; another who was 10 to 15 feet from the blast was unhurt. The four had been working with Iraqi soldiers providing sniper security while U.S. and Iraqi forces conducted missions in the area.

In an interview at the SEALs' West Coast headquarters in Coronado, four members of the special force remembered "Mikey" as a loyal friend and a quiet, dedicated professional.

"He was just a fun-loving guy," said a 26-year-old petty officer 2nd class who went through the grueling 29-week SEAL training with Monsoor. "Always got something funny to say, always got a little mischievous look on his face."

Other SEALS described the Garden Grove, Calif., native as a modest and humble man who drew strength from his family and his faith. His father and brother are former Marines, said a 31-year-old petty officer 2nd class.

Prior to his death, Monsoor had already demonstrated courage under fire. He has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions May 9 in Ramadi, when he and another SEAL pulled a team member shot in the leg to safety while bullets pinged off the ground around them.

Monsoor's funeral was held Thursday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. He has also been submitted for an award for his actions the day he died.

Where do we get men such as these? How do we deserve such men.

(Comments are closed on this post. Please observe a moment of silence for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor. He deserves no less).

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7 Responses to Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor

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  3. Billy says:

    I’m a 31 old man from the communist China but happen to be a solid and ardent pro-American, pro-freedom conservative out of my own conviction. I’ve just encountered the heroic story when surfing on the internet, and felt choke up as my eyes rolled down on those burning, heart-touching words.

    I was almost moved to tears by the consummate dedication and selfless sacrifice of, and the unparalleled honor and valiance displayed by Mr. Monsoor. I salute this great man and his impeccable character and courage from the bottom of my heart and am ready to share his story with my friends.

    My heart and prayers go to the great man and his families. He will not die in vain because he has already become an immortal and inspiring model for tens of thousands of people in America and worldwide including myself.

    I’ve just observed one minute of silence for him. And I also copied his photo from online, made a memory card with it and put it into my notebook as a cherished item. This great man and true American hero has left an indelible print in my mind which I firmly believe will guide and inspire my life from now on. And finally, Kudos to Michael Monsoor and God bless! R.I.P.

    P.S., To be absolutely candid and straightforward, I sincerely believe Iraq war was a mistake, an unnecessary and undeserving drain of American blood and treasure. Jorge Bush should bear the brunt of the grievous error, but all this by no means diminished the lofty and unrivaled heroism of Americans troops already in Iraq despite the wrong governmental policy. What I advocate is not cut-and-run, but the true America First spirit of only fighting and bleeding for what is truly vital for America’s life and freedom which Iraq wasn’t in the first place. Now I only pray they all come back home soon and safe from that sinking pit. To wish otherwise is the really un-American and unpatriotic.

  4. STEVE ILER says:

    NOT ONLY WAS MIKEY A SOLDIER, BUT HE WAS THE BESTEST FRIEND YOU COULD POSSIBLE HAVE! HE WAS MY BROTHERS BEST FRIEND. MIKEY, PAT, AND NICK CAME AND SPENT NEW YEARS 2001 WITH MY FAMILY RIGHT BEFORE HE JOINED. THE ONLY THING HE COULD TALK ABOUT WAS BEING A NAVY SEAL. HALLOWEEN WAS HIS FAVORITE HOLIDAY, AND MY BROTHER AND OTHER OF HIS FRIENDS WERE PLANNING A PARTY FOR HIM ON HALLOWEEN. HE WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT WOULD GIVE THE SHIRT RIGHT OFF HIS BACK TO ANYONE IN NEED. IT IS SORRY TO SEE HIM GO IN THIS WAY, ATLEAST HE DIDNT FEEL ANY PAIN! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND REMEMBER HIM!! R.I.P MIKEY!!!!!!

  5. James Bacon says:

    This is another case of the government dragging its heels. This man and several other Marines have sacrificed thier lives by doing such a thing. They gave their lives to save others. Doesnt that mean they should recieve the Medal of Honor?
    He was 25. Saved his Seal buddies. So far in this war we’ve had, what? 2 MOHs? With the battles that have been waged, there should be more.Maybe even one or two who qualify for the MOH who are LIVING.
    I’m not saying there should be a quota. But, by God, there should be heros. THERE should be men who are honored.

  6. Gaius says:

    James, he is a hero. The MoH is extremely rare – and should be. That said, I would think this action must be under consideration for that medal.

    But if it is not awarded, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor is no less a hero.

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