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Hero... Mike Monsoor

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  1. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    The Sailor Pictured Below Is,

    Navy Petty Officer, PO2 (Petty Officer, Second Class)

    EOD2 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class)

    "MIKE MONSOOR"

    April 5th, 1981 ~ September 19th, 2006

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    Mike Monsoor, was awarded "the Congressional Medal of Honor" last week, for giving his life in Iraq , as he jumped on, and covered with his body, a live hand grenade, that was accidentally dropped by a Navy Seal, saving the lives of a large group of Navy Seals that was passing by!

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    During Mike Monsoor's funeral, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery , in San Diego , California .

    The six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse, and lined up on each side of Mike Monsoor's casket, were his family members, friends, fellow sailors, and well-wishers.

    The column of people continued from the hearse, all the way to the grave site.

    What the group didn't know at the time was, every Navy Seal (45 to be exact) that Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered through-out the column!

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    As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave side, the column would collapse, forming a group of people that followed behind.

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    Every time the rosewood casket passed a Navy Seal, he would remove his gold trident pin from his uniform, and slap it down hard, causing the gold trident pin to embed itselfinto the top of the wooden casket!

    Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column, and salute!

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    Now for those, (and me) who don't know what a trident pin is, or what it looks like?

    Here is the definition and photo!

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    After one completes the basic Navy Seal program which lasts for three weeks, and is followed by Seal qualification training, which is 15 more weeks of training,
    necessary to continue improving basic skills and to learn new tactics and techniques, required for an assignment to a Navy Seal platoon.

    After successful completion, trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code, and are awarded the Navy Seal trident pin.

    With this gold pin they are now officially a Navy Seal!

    It was said, that you could hear each of the 45 slaps from across the cemetery!

    By the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from the 45 trident pins that lined the top!

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    This Was A Fitting End To An Eternal Send-Off For A Warrior Hero!




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    I Am Proud Of All The Branches Of Our Military.


    Glad to Mike. My pleasure. This story is TRUE...

    Jack
     
  2. rhymeswithorange

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    g7777777 TS Supporters TS Supporters

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    Tough guys

    RIP
     
  4. hunter870

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    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.
     
  5. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

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    For those of you that still aren't getting a clear picture in your mind of the Trident Pin.

    Bob Lawless



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  6. JACK

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    nice item. Above my abilities
     
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