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Navy Seal Falls On Grenade To Save Comrades A True American Hero..

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Post icon  Posted 14 October 2006 - 02:58 PM

CORONADO, Calif. - A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, said four SEALs who spoke to The Associated Press this week on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret.

"He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it," said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs' lives, and we owe him."

Monsoor, a 25-year-old gunner, was killed in the explosion in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. He was only the second SEAL to die in Iraq since the war began.

Two SEALs next to Monsoor were injured; another who was 10 to 15 feet from the blast was unhurt. The four had been working with Iraqi soldiers providing sniper security while U.S. and Iraqi forces conducted missions in the area.

In an interview at the SEALs' West Coast headquarters in Coronado, four members of the special force remembered "Mikey" as a loyal friend and a quiet, dedicated professional.

"He was just a fun-loving guy," said a 26-year-old petty officer 2nd class who went through the grueling 29-week SEAL training with Monsoor. "Always got something funny to say, always got a little mischievous look on his face."

Other SEALS described the Garden Grove, Calif., native as a modest and humble man who drew strength from his family and his faith. His father and brother are former Marines, said a 31-year-old petty officer 2nd class.

Prior to his death, Monsoor had already demonstrated courage under fire. He has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions May 9 in Ramadi, when he and another SEAL pulled a team member shot in the leg to safety while bullets pinged off the ground around them.

Monsoor's funeral was held Thursday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. He has also been submitted for an award for his actions the day he died.

The first Navy SEAL to die in Iraq was Petty Officer 2nd Class Marc A. Lee, 28, who was killed Aug. 2 in a firefight while on patrol against insurgents in Ramadi. Navy spokesman Lt. Taylor Clark said the low number of deaths among SEALs in Iraq is a testament to their training.

Sixteen SEALs have been killed in Afghanistan. Eleven of them died in June 2005 when a helicopter was shot down near the Pakistan border while ferrying reinforcements for troops pursuing al-Qaida militants.

There are about 2,300 of the elite fighters, based in Coronado and Little Creek, Va.

The Navy is trying to boost that number by 500 a challenge considering more than 75 percent of candidates drop out of training, notorious for "Hell Week," a five-day stint of continual drills by the ocean broken by only four hours sleep total. Monsoor made it through training on his second attempt.


By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer

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Thats the defination of a courageous hero! Thank You and Rest In Peace Michael A. Monsoor, you are a true American hero!

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:51 AM

thats the most honorable thing ive ever read man...... putting your life second is probably the hardest thing to do man.... props
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 09:40 PM

that is VERY VERY VERY (im gonna keep the very's at that, could keep goin obviously) herioc, yet i find it odd that u put a smiley face near it 'yay a guy died', i know what u mean but still
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 09:51 PM

QUOTE (JetsMan4012 @ Nov 11 2006, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
that is VERY VERY VERY (im gonna keep the very's at that, could keep goin obviously) herioc, yet i find it odd that u put a smiley face near it 'yay a guy died', i know what u mean but still

I dont like you very much...As a matter of fact i dont like you at all, but thats to discuss another time not in a thread honoring someone who lost their life fighting for our country..and yea you were right i put a smiley because "some guy died".. dry.gif..GROW UP!
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 11:53 PM

QUOTE (vilmatime51 @ Nov 11 2006, 10:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I dont like you very much...As a matter of fact i dont like you at all, but thats to discuss another time not in a thread honoring someone who lost their life fighting for our country..and yea you were right i put a smiley because "some guy died".. dry.gif..GROW UP!

thats not what i meant by just some guy what i meant is like if some1 dies i dont see how u can put a smilie face near it at all
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 12:01 AM

QUOTE (JetsMan4012 @ Nov 12 2006, 12:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
thats not what i meant by just some guy what i meant is like if some1 dies i dont see how u can put a smilie face near it at all

you obviously dont kno anything about the sacrifices the armed forces make for us on a daily basis and you probably take it for granted, so its ok you'll understand once you grow up..BTW since it was such a big deal for you.. the smilie was because i was proud of our country and the sacrifice this guy and other troops make for it, i was also happy that the country acknowledged his sacrifices.. there is no country like ours and many people don't realize it and take stuff like this for granted..a similiar thing happened to my uncle who was in the army, it makes you proud in a sense, but that may be difficult to understand..
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 10:06 PM

ok, thats y i said that, i understand their sacrifice, what i was saying was i misinterperted ur smilie face, and u said it just now urself that it could be easily misinterperted(or something like that) and tahts exactly what i did
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