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Navy SEAL Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor (Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor)
foxnews.com ^ | March 31, 2008 | not specified

Posted on 03/31/2008 1:27:46 PM PDT by RDTF

SAN DIEGO — To his Navy SEAL buddies, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor will always be known as "Mikey," a fun-loving 25-year-old guy who had "a little mischievous look on his face."

It's a face they'll never forget.

On Sept. 29, 2006, while on a mission in Ramadi, Iraq, Monsoor and other members of a Navy SEAL sniper team were within a moment of death. An insurgent had tossed a grenade into their hideout, hitting Monsoor in the chest before bouncing to the floor.

In an instant, Monsoor was on the grenade, using his body to shield his comrades from the blast.

"He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it," said a lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs' lives, and we owe him."

For that action, President Bush on Monday announced that Monsoor will be posthumously honored on April 8 with the the nation's highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

"Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism on Sept. 29, 2006," presidential press secretary Dana Perino told reporters during a briefing aboard Air Force One. The announcement came as Bush was on his way to Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Russia in a trip built around the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania.

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Monsoor, a platoon machine gunner, had posthumously received the Silver Star, the third-highest award for combat valor, for his actions pulling a wounded SEAL to safety during a May 9, 2006, firefight in Ramadi. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his sacrifice in Ramadi.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fallen; hero; iraq; medalofhonor; michaelmonsoor; mikemonsoor; monsoor; navyseals; nocinmoh; oif; ramadi; specialforces

1 posted on 03/31/2008 1:27:48 PM PDT by RDTF
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2 posted on 03/31/2008 1:28:33 PM PDT by RDTF (my worst nightmare is being on jury duty sequestered with 11 liberals)
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To: RDTF

Rest in Peace sir...


3 posted on 03/31/2008 1:30:56 PM PDT by Dog
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To: RDTF

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”


4 posted on 03/31/2008 1:37:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: RDTF

CPO Monsoor, I salute you!


5 posted on 03/31/2008 1:39:12 PM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: RDTF

http://www3.calvarychapel.com/greenbay/John/John15p2.htm

In May, his heroism under fire saved a wounded soldier and earned him the Silver Star. Just four months later, he would be tested again as he stood near a rooftop door in Ramadi, just west of Baghdad. A grenade tossed by an Iraqi insurgent hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor. Without hesitation, Michael jumped on top of the grenade to shield his fellow SEALs. The lieutenant in charge of the detail said this of Michael, “He never even took his eye off the grenade. His only movement was down toward it. He saved mine and the other SEALs’ lives, and we owe him.” At the age of 25, Michael Monsoor went to meet His Lord, but left behind four grateful families and a legacy of love.


6 posted on 03/31/2008 1:47:31 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: RDTF

He was an Arab-American.


7 posted on 03/31/2008 1:48:04 PM PDT by KingJaja
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To: RDTF
Michael A. Monsoor
Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor

Official Navy announcement w/links for more info


8 posted on 03/31/2008 1:55:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: KingJaja
He was an Arab-American.

With all due respect, he was an American... of Arab ancestry.

9 posted on 03/31/2008 1:57:33 PM PDT by BFM (CLINTON is and always will be a rapist. Never forget!)
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To: BFM

Exactly, I am sick of hyphenated monikers. You are either an American or not choose. I have always refused to say African-American, Irish American, or anything else.


10 posted on 03/31/2008 2:04:36 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BFM

BUMP!


11 posted on 03/31/2008 2:07:40 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RDTF
Thank you for posting this story. It just goes to show that this will be the land of the free as long as it is the home of the brave.

RIP, CPO Monsoor.

And it is amazing that an American with Arab ancestry would earn the Silver Star as well as the CMoH.

12 posted on 03/31/2008 2:09:17 PM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: Resolute Conservative

This is from the Navy’s web-page about him. I believe that it drives home your point.

Petty Officer Monsoor’s actions could not have been more selfless or clearly intentional.


13 posted on 03/31/2008 2:18:55 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: RDTF

God bless you Monsoor, this is one american who thanks you for your service and sacrifice. It was not, and will not be in vain.


14 posted on 03/31/2008 2:21:49 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: albee
"CPO Monsoor, I salute you!"

Not trying to nitpick but he was Petty Officer 2nd Class, not a Chief Petty Officer.
15 posted on 03/31/2008 2:22:53 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: KingJaja

“He was an Arab-American.”

He was an American. His ancestry on his father’s side was Middle East, but he was a born and bred American.


16 posted on 03/31/2008 2:33:49 PM PDT by ought-six
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To: RDTF

Men like this leave me speechless.


17 posted on 03/31/2008 2:40:20 PM PDT by ops33
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To: KingJaja

I was thinking the same thing. God bless him!


18 posted on 03/31/2008 2:44:59 PM PDT by RDTF (my worst nightmare is being on jury duty sequestered with 11 liberals)
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To: albee; Don'tMessWithTexas

Monsoor was a Petty Officer 2nd Class not a Chief.


19 posted on 03/31/2008 3:01:00 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Travis McGee; Lurker; river rat; SLB; sit-rep; Larry Lucido

Sacrifice for the love of his brothers and his country.....


20 posted on 03/31/2008 3:05:14 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...
Hero Gets MOH.

Valiant Hero.

21 posted on 03/31/2008 4:14:20 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Squantos

Reality don’t get much clearer than this, does it??

BTTT for a real hero...


22 posted on 03/31/2008 7:26:26 PM PDT by sit-rep
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To: All; RDTF; do the dhue; Calpernia; miss print; kristinn; Richard Poe; Clinton Is Scum; ...

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NEVER FORGET

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Garden Grove remembers fallen warrior

MICHAEL MONSOOR died trying to help others in Iraq

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/high-school-monsoor-2054635
(See ‘MORE PHOTOS)

MICHAEL MONSOOR was an ANGEL while on the Earth.

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NEVER FORGET

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23 posted on 05/29/2008 9:42:57 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
MICHAEL MONSOOR was an ANGEL while on the Earth.

True word Alhoa Ronnie

Thanks for the reminder.

24 posted on 05/30/2008 4:48:40 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CfK2BQCIIes&feature=related

Rare Mikey Monsoor memorial footage

25 posted on 05/30/2008 5:54:11 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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