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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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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.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061013/ap_on_re_us/navy_seal_killed


Damn, that is bravery.
That is heroism! Thanks for posting that!
 

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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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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.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061013/ap_on_re_us/navy_seal_killed


Damn, that is bravery.
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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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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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.
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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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.
That is my sentiment, exactly.
 

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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.
If we were to leave, we would not be “cutting and running”. We would be leaving. How do you know that “cutting and running” (as you put it) would be denigrating their service? Did he leave a letter giving his perspective on when he, and the other soldiers, should return home? I consider the job to be done. It is time to gradually bring our soldiers home and force the Iraqi people to take care of their own nation.
 

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what part of the fact that Bush said we already won dont they understand.

We are now in an occupation and there is no "winning" in an occupation.

You just leave and let the people have their country back.

They have even asked to leave.
 

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Originally posted by Truthmatters
This man is a hero.
Hero my ass.

The only hero here is the iraqi fighter who blew up the invader of his homeland.
 

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Originally posted by mattskramer
That is my sentiment, exactly.
It would be interesting to know your “sentiments” towards a member of a foreign invading force occupying America and killed by american resistance movements, Skramer.
 

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José;660968 said:
It would be interesting to know your “sentiments” towards a member of a foreign invading force occupying America and killed by american resistance movements, Skramer.

He's not a hero for invading iraq dumbass...he's a hero for laying his life down for his fellow soldiers, friends, comrades, etc...

It has nothing to do with agreeing or disagreeing with the war. He had no say where he is sent or when he is sent. So get off of your anti-war high horse and stop being jealous of someone who is more of a man than you will ever amount to.
 

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Originally posted by Dr Grump
Why are you such a dork Jose...
Chill out, kiwi.

Don’t take out your frustrations on me.

It’s not my fault if you can’t last 5 minutes debating Israel with José.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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José;660968 said:
It would be interesting to know your “sentiments” towards a member of a foreign invading force occupying America and killed by american resistance movements, Skramer.
My sentiments are real simple. If that so-called "resistance fighter" was a murdering scumbag waging war against noncombatants then I'd STILL call him a murdering scumbag, hero or no.

Then there's that other kind of scumbag. The kind that disagrees with something but cannot appreciate a selflish, heroic act for what it is without spewing his warped, backwards-assed views.

If you truly believe the views you expressed are correct, get out. You obviously belong someplace better.

Matter of fact, I think Iraq, or Palestine or Iran would be great places. Hell, you can even become a "resistance fighter.":eusa_eh:
 

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José;660967 said:
Hero my ass.

The only hero here is the iraqi fighter who blew up the invader of his homeland.
Congratulations! You are a leading candidate for retroactive abortion. :finger:
 

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