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Friday, August 28, 2009

To Honor A Military Hero

I received this story in an email the other day. The story is a story that should be told about a hero, Mike Monsoor - Navy Petty Officer 2nd class.

Mike Monsoor
was awarded "The Congressional Medal of Honor" last week,
For giving his life in Iraq, as he jumped on, and covered with his body, a live hand grenade,
That was accidentally dropped by a Navy Seal,
Saving the lives of a large group of Navy Seals that was passing by.

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 did not know at the time was,
Every Navy Seal (45 to be exact)
That Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered
through out the column....
As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket
down the column of people to the grave side.
The column would collapse.
Which formed a group of people that followed behind.
Every time the rosewood casket passed a Navy Seal,
He would remove his Gold Trident Pin from his uniform,
and slap it down hard,
causing the Gold Trident Pin to embed itself
into the top of the wooden casket!
Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column,
and salute.
What is a Navy Seal Trident Pin?
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, the Seal is awarded
The Navy Seal Trident Pin -
With this pin they are officially Navy Seal's.
It was said,
That you could hear each of the 45 Slaps
From Across the Cemetery...
By the time the Rosewood Casket Reached The Grave Site,
It looked as thought it had a gold inlay from the
45 Trident Pins That Lined the top!

God Bless Mike Monsoor and every man and woman defending this Great Nation!


rcubes said...

God bless him for that sacrifice. And there are many more "heroes" I'm sure we haven't heard of. Thanks for sharing this touching story. Blessings.

Kelly Denise said...

God bless eveyone over there fighting for our country


Mr. Hernandez said...

My heart goes out to this young mans family. He truly is a hero and I thank the Lord for men like him. He is a true hero!

John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Mr. Hernandez said...

I did a little digging on the story and came across this. The grenade was not accidentally dropped. An insurgent threw it and Monsoor yelled grenade and dropped on it to save the lives of the men around him. This man was a hero.

“A couple of hours later, an insurgency fighter closed on the overwatch position and threw a fragment grenade into the overwatch position which hit Monsoor in the chest before falling in front of him. Monsoor yelled, “Grenade!” and dropped on top of the grenade prior to it exploding. Monsoor’s body shielded the others from the brunt of the fragmentation blast and two other SEALs were only wounded by the remaining blast.”

“One of the key aspects of this incident was the way the overwatch position was structured. There was only one access point for entry or exit and Monsoor was the only one who could have saved himself from harm. Instead, knowing what the outcome would be, he fell on the grenade to save the others from harm. Monsoor and the two injured were evacuated to the combat outpost battalion aid station where Monsoor died approximately 30 minutes after the incident from injuries sustained by the grenade blast.”

Delta Platoon was sent to Iraq in April 2006 and assigned to train Iraqi Army soldiers in Ramadi. Over the next five months, Monsoor and his platoon frequently engaged in combat with insurgent forces. On September 29, 2006 an insurgent threw a grenade onto a rooftop where Monsoor and several other SEAL and Iraqi soldiers were positioned. Monsoor quickly smothered the grenade with his body, absorbing the resulting explosion and most likely saving his comrades from serious injury or death. Monsoor died 30 minutes later from serious wounds caused by the grenade explosion.

On March 31, 2008, the United States Department of Defense confirmed that Michael Monsoor would posthumously receive the Medal of Honor from the President of the United States, George W. Bush. Bush presented the medal to Monsoor's parents on April 8, 2008. In October 2008, United States Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced that DDG-1001, the second ship in the Zumwalt class of destroyers, would be named Michael Monsoor in honor of Monsoor.

Shayla said...

WOW! talk about chill bumps and tears.

Thank You for sharing this. God Bless Mike and the troops that continue to keep us free!


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