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In memory of Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor

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In memory of Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor

Berichtdoor Kwakster op 30 sep 2009, 09:58

The sailor pictured below is Navy Petty Officer, PO2 (Petty Officer, Second Class) Master at Arms 2 "Mike Monsoor" April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006


Michael A. Monsoor was killed during operations in enemy-held territory at Ramadi, Iraq, when he threw himself on top of a grenade in order to save the lives of his fellow SEALS.
As described in the final two paragraphs of a Summary of Action regarding the circumstances of his death:

While vigilantly watching for enemy activity, an enemy fighter hurled a hand grenade onto the roof from an unseen location.
The grenade hit him in the chest and bounced onto the deck.
He immediately leapt to his feet and yelled "grenade" to alert his teammates of impending danger, but they could not evacuate the sniperhide-sight in time to escape harm.
Without hesitation and showing no regard for his own life, he threw himself onto the grenade, smothering it to protect his teammates who were lying in close proximity.
The grenade detonated as he came down on top of it, mortally wounding him.

Petty Officer Monsoor's actions could not have been more selfless or clearly intentional.
Of the three SEALs on that rooftop corner, he had the only avenue of escape away from the blast, and if he had so chosen, he could have easily escaped.
Instead, Monsoor chose to protect his comrades by the sacrifice of his own life.
By his courageous and selfless actions, he saved the lives of his two fellow SEALs and he is the most deserving of the special recognition afforded by awarding the Medal of Honor.

During Mike Monsoor's funeral at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket From The Hearse, and lined up on each side of Mike Monsoor's casket were his family members, friends, fellow sailors, and well-wishers.

The column of people continued from the hearse, all the way to the grave site.
What the group didn't know at the time was that every Navy Seal (45 to be exact) Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered throughout the column.

As the pallbearers carried the casket down the column of people to the grave site, the column would collapse, and formed a group of people who followed behind.
Every time the casket passed a Navy Seal, he would remove his gold trident pin from his uniform and slap it down hard on the casket, causing the gold trident pin to embed itself in the wood.
Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column, and salute.

Now, for those who don't know what a trident pin is, or what it looks like, here Is a definition and photo.

After one completes the basic Navy Seals program which lasts for three weeks, and is followed by Seal Qualification Training, which is 15 more weeks of training, necessary to continue improving basic skills and to learn new tactics and techniques, required for an assignment to a Navy Seal platoon.
After successful completion, trainees are given their naval enlisted code, and are awarded the Navy Seal trident pin.
With this gold pin they are now officially Navy Seals.

It was said that you could hear each of the 45 slaps from across the cemetery, and by the time the casket reached the gravesite it looked as though it had a gold inlay from the 45 trident pins that lined the top.


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Re: In memory of Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor

Berichtdoor EdwinEDC op 05 nov 2011, 21:08

Kind of a sad story :(
But it is also the reason why we can live in freedom.. RESPECT
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