A salute to the American soldier

Posted by: ST on October 15, 2006 at 1:25 pm

Read this heartwrenching story about Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, a Navy SEAL, gave his life to protect his fellow SEALS:

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.”

LC Jackboot at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler writes a moving tribute to Monsoor as part of an overall tribute to US Armed Forces. Consider it a must-read.

God bless our men and women in uniform.

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  1. NC Cop says:

    I read this story in the paper. Once again we are reminded how lucky we are to have men such as this fighting for us.

    Godspeed, Michael and thank you.

  2. Baklava says:

    As again I cried today due to my loss of by dearest friend and love of my life, but when I see stories like this I find a certain amount of strength because there are others who have lost great human beings in their lives too. I was never able to empathize with this soldiers loved ones. Now I know what pain they must be going through and hope and pray for their ability to accept. Acceptance (according to the greivance counselor that I saw) is the stage after greiving. But of course there may be some time where there is both greiving and acceptance.

    Thanks ST for this post.

  3. Baklava says:

    BTW, In no way was I trying to direct anyones eyes of sympathy towards me, rather I felt it important when relaying my message that the reader had some sense that I’ve gone through it and know what I’m talking about.

    I was hoping to impart some experience and wisdom to whomever read this far…..

    …. not that I’m that wise…;)

  4. Drewsmom says:

    God bless this brave guy and his family.
    I feel so blessed to live in a country that has such an awsome military willing to give their lives for freedom, no thanks to mama sheehan.**==