Do YOU recognize the name Mike Monsoor? Probably not. Yet the odds are you recognize names like Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton. It’s a very sad statement of our society today that people would quickly recognize the names of people that have brought absolutely no value to the world and almost nobody recognizes the name of an American Hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor after giving his life for this country.
The Medal of Honor is very rarely awarded in fact only 4 have been awarded for actions in Iraq.
Only 4 Medal of Honor recipients and did every station cut to the prime time award ceremony? Was it front page on every newspaper? Whether or not you agree with the war you have to recognize when a here gives his life in service of your country. Instead we hear more about basket ball or football players who feel shorted on their multi million dollar contracts. We listen to these guys who’s only skill is to play a game that they aren’t making enough money. Mike Monsoor was a Second Class Petty officer he made less in a year than the whining pro athlete makes in an HOUR.
We ask that you take a few minutes to pay respect to Mike Monsoor by reading about his actions and watching the short tribute video.
On 29 September 2006, 25-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor was killed in Iraq, when he threw himself on top of a grenade in order to save the lives of his fellow SEALS. The exact details of his heroic actions can be read in the Summary of Action (SOA).
In April 2008, Michael Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His funeral, attended (in the words of President Bush) by “nearly every SEAL on the West Coast,” was held on 12 October 2006 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. As shown at the end of the tribute video linked below, during Monsoor’s funeral service, as the casket was taken from the hearse to the gravesite, fellow SEALs lined up in two columns to slap and embed the gold Tridents (a pin, pictured above, awarded for successful completion of SEAL Qualification Training) from their uniforms onto the top of Monsoor’s coffin:
As President George W. Bush said of the event during the April 2008 Medal of Honor ceremony, “The procession went on nearly half an hour, and when it was all over, the simple wooden coffin had become a gold-plated memorial to a hero who will never be forgotten.”