Petty Officer Monsoor was struck in the chest by an enemy thrown grenade, which he then covered with his body, absorbing its blast, and shielding his comrades from death or greater harm at the cost of his own life. He was 25 years old.
The Navy has set up a wonderful tribute site to this brave, young sailor. Be sure to view the photo tribute!
MA2(SEAL) Monsoor's Medal of Honor will be presented to his parents, Sally and George Monsoor, by President George W. Bush at the White House on April 8th.
Michael Monsoor, thank you for your bravery and sacrifices for our Nation and the cause of Freedom. May you rest in peace, and I hope, in His glory. I am forever greatful for your service.
Mr. and Mrs. Monsoor, I know none of my words can ease your grief at the loss of your son, but thank you for parentage and raising of Michael, an American Hero.
MA2(SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, USN - September 29, 2006 was your finest hour!