|Master-at Arms 2nd Class (SEAL)
Michael A. Monsoor
United States Navy
KIA 29 Sep 2006
This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of (SEAL) Michael A. Mansoor
Navy Master-atArms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Mansoor
saved his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade tossed into
their position, September 29, 2006. Michael A. Mansoor was posthumously
awarded the Silver Star medal for his combat heroism. Navy News/
October 15, 2007. Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy, sleep well my
brother. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and
farewell..... Michael, You Will Not Be Forgotten. www.navsoc.navy.mil
March 18, 2010
From a Marine Corps veteran and Cop THANK YOU for your sacrifice and God Bless.
April 12, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor
will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony at the White
House April 8, 2008. He will receive the award for his actions in Ar
Ramadi, Iraq on September 29, 2006. www.navy.mil/moh/monsoor
MASTER-AT-ARMS SECOND CLASS (SEA, AIR and LAND) MICHAEL A. MONSOOR
UNITED STATES NAVY CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty as automatic weapons gunner for Naval
Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Penninsula, in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom on September 29, 2006. As a member of a combined SEAL and
Iraqi Army Sniper Overwatch element, tasked with providing early warning
and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an insurgent held sector of
Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by his
exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning,
insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconoitering the
area around the elements position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy's
initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to
assault the element, engaging them with a rocket-propelled grenade and
small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took
position with his machine gun between two teammates on an outcropp!
ing of the roof. While the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy
activity, an insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location, which
bounced of Petty Officer Monsoor's chest and landed in front of him.
Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose
instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without regard for his
own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the
explosion with his body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his
undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in
the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his
life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and
upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Signed George Bush
SFC Rod, April 11, 2008. God Bless...
|A Fitting Tribute to a Slain Navy SEAL Gains Attention
Friday, July 04, 2008
By Elizabeth Downey
Petty Officer Monsoor's casket studded with gold Navy SEAL Tridents his colleagues pressed into it.
A little-known tribute some Navy SEALs gave to a fallen comrade is gaining notice.
Petty Officer Michael A. Monsoor was killed in battle in Iraq in September 2006, and posthumously awarded the
Medal of Honor in April.
His funeral in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego was attended by “nearly every SEAL on the
West Coast,” President Bush said.
During the service, as Monsoor's coffin was taken from the hearse to the gravesite, Navy SEALs lined up in two
columns. As the coffin passed, video shows each SEAL slapping down the gold Trident from his uniform and
deeply embedding it in Monsoor's wooden coffin.
The slaps were reportedly heard across the cemetery.
The symbolic display moved many, included Bush, who during his speech in April's Medal of Honor ceremony
spoke about the incident.
"The procession went on nearly half an hour," Bush said. "And when it was all over, the simple wooden coffin
had become a gold-plated memorial to a hero who will never be forgotten.”
Monsoor — described as an "outgoing guy" by his grandfather, George Monsoor, Sr. — was killed on Sept. 29,
2006. He had been assigned to protect fellow SEALs on a rooftop in Ramadi, Iraq, when a fierce firefight with
insurgents broke out. During the battle, a grenade bounced off Monsoor’s chest and landed on the roof.
Faced with the choice to save his comrades or save himself, Monsoor threw himself on the grenade, absorbing
He is survived by his parents, an older sister and two brothers.
Click to watch the Seal's Tribute on YouTube