Medal of Honor
MA2(SEAL, PJ) Michael A. Monsoor, a Navy SEAL Team 3, Delta Platoon Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq, giving his life to save his fellow Seals. During Mike Monsoor’s funeral in San Diego, as his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, SEAL’S were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of two’s, with the coffin moving up the center. As Mike’s coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.
The slaps were audible from across the cemetery and went on for about 30 minutes; by the time the coffin arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned to it. This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.
Please visit the wikipedia page regarding Michael Anthony Moonsor:
Webmaster: Some corrections have been made to this page via a concern received by email. These have been verified, and I want to express my acknowledgment and appreciation to very important details for someone who has sacrificed himself in a way that can only be said of few…
Anonymous Email: “On your “some gave all” page there is an entry about a MOH recipient. It says he was EOD. He was a SEAL. His official title was MA2(SEAL, PJ) Michael A. Monsoor. He was with SEAL Team 3, Delta Platoon. He died jumping on a grenade saving a couple other SEALs and some iraqi forces they were helping in a sniper mission. He died September 29th, 2006 in Ar Ramadi. The picture you have is only a portion of the tridents in the coffin. The “slapping” sound went on for about 30 minutes. In October 2008, Secretary of the Navy announced that DDG-1001, the second ship in the Zumwalt class of destroyers, would be named Michael A. Monsoor in his honor. Just wanted to give you a heads up on this. Thank you”