A salute to the American soldier

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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