Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Michael A. Monsoor: For Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity

Phil Ellis over at the Dive Sports Blog today has a terrific post honoring Medal of Honor recipient and Master-at-Arms Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy.

Yesterday, the President of the United States posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy. It doesn’t much matter what we think of the war, the depth and dedication to our individual politics, the conduct of our elected officials, or the wisdom of intervention in other places in the world. What matters most is that all Americans, and people from countries all over the world, get the benefits of the service of people like Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor. When we think of the terms bravery, service, dedication, and honor, we should think about this sailor and all like him who stand up so that we can all stand up. With tears in his eyes, the President of the United States presented the official Citation to the parents of Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, in his honor. The text of the official Citation is shown below.

FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AND INTREPIDITY AT THE RISK OF HIS LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AS AUTOMATIC WEAPONS GUNNER FOR NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE TASK GROUP ARABIAN PENINSULA, IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2006. AS A MEMBER OF A COMBINED SEAL AND IRAQI ARMY SNIPER OVERWATCH ELEMENT, TASKED WITH PROVIDING EARLY WARNING AND STAND-OFF PROTECTION FROM A ROOFTOP IN AN INSURGENT HELD SECTOR OF AR RAMADI, IRAQ, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY HIS EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY IN THE FACE OF GRAVE DANGER. IN THE EARLY MORNING, INSURGENTS PREPARED TO EXECUTE A COORDINATED ATTACK BY RECONNOITERING THE AREA AROUND THE ELEMENT’S POSITION. ELEMENT SNIPERS THWARTED THE ENEMY’S INITIAL ATTEMPT BY ELIMINATING TWO INSURGENTS. THE ENEMY CONTINUED TO ASSAULT THE ELEMENT, ENGAGING THEM WITH A ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE AND SMALL ARMS FIRE. AS ENEMY ACTIVITY INCREASED, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR TOOK POSITION WITH HIS MACHINE GUN BETWEEN TWO TEAMMATES ON AN OUTCROPPING OF THE ROOF. WHILE THE SEALS VIGILANTLY WATCHED FOR ENEMY ACTIVITY, AN INSURGENT THREW A HAND GRENADE FROM AN UNSEEN LOCATION, WHICH BOUNCED OFF PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR’S CHEST AND LANDED IN FRONT OF HIM. ALTHOUGH ONLY HE COULD HAVE ESCAPED THE BLAST, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR CHOSE INSTEAD TO PROTECT HIS TEAMMATES. INSTANTLY AND WITHOUT REGARD FOR HIS OWN SAFETY, HE THREW HIMSELF ONTO THE GRENADE TO ABSORB THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION WITH HIS BODY, SAVING THE LIVES OF HIS TWO TEAMMATES. BY HIS UNDAUNTED COURAGE, FIGHTING SPIRIT, AND UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE FACE OF CERTAIN DEATH, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR GALLANTLY GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY, THEREBY REFLECTING GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHOLDING THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

SIGNED GEORGE W. BUSH


Wow. How lucky we are.

Lucky indeed.



3 comments:

Phil Ellis said...

Thanks for mirroring this post. There is no such thing as too much attention to people of the obvious character of this man. Thank you.

Phil Ellis
www.divesports.com

Neutral Dive Gear said...

"Thanks for mirroring this post."

It's the least we can do.

=)

TwoTank said...

Wow, what an honor that someone of that character served his fellow Americans.

Humbly,
TwoTank

TwoTank.blogspot.com