SEAL falls on grenade to save comrades

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    SEAL falls on grenade to save comrades

    By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer
    Fri Oct 13, 3:02 PM ET



    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.

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    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.


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    Damn, that is bravery.
     
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    That is heroism! Thanks for posting that!
     
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    :salute: RIP :salute:
     
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    Rest in peace, Michael Monsoor. You did far more than your part. Thank you for your sacrifice while protecting us. We can never be grateful enough. America will deliver justice to the bastard who killed you, and all the other terrorist monsters in Iraq, if the cut and run crowd does not win out.
     
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    :salute: :usa:
     
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    We all know that I do not support the war, but damn! That is a brave and selfless thing to do. Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, I salute you.
     
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    My salute to you P.O. 2 Monsoor.
     
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    This man is a hero.

    He is the kinda of person the vast a majority of our troops are.

    We owe him and them a great debt.

    We especially owe them the good sense to never send them into theater unless it is absolutly in the defense of our country.

    Our foolishiness to send them into Iraq in no way deminishes his scarafice.

    This only makes our debt to him larger.
     
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    We need people like you to stop denegrating their sacrifice by demanding we cut and run before the job is done.
     

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