Mike Monsoor, Congressional Medal of Honor

On April 6, 2008 Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor was posthumously awarded The Congressional Medal Of Honor by President George W. Bush.  Mike gave his life in Iraq in 2006. He jumped on, and covered with his body, a live hand grenade, saving the lives of a large group of his fellow Navy SEALs.

During Mike Monsoor’s funeral at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, in San Diego, California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse.  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) that Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered through-out the column!

During Mike Monsoor’s funeral in San Diego, as his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery , SEALs were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of twos, with the coffin moving up the center. As Mike’s coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned to it. This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

Mike’s father is an American of Lebanese ancestry, his mom is an American of Irish ancestry.  Typical Americans.

Enjoy the memorial day weekend.  Have your barbecue and just have fun.

But never, never, never forget why it is that we have this weekend.

This article was sent to me by a retired Marine.  Thanks, Pat.


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