Medal of Honor awarded..

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  1. Richard Cranium

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    This is a good read for Seal Michael Monsoor. Give him and his family our respect and prayers!

    Awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously




    Navy SEAL to receive Medal of Honor posthumously
    Michael A. Monsoor dove on top of a live grenade during a mission in Iraq and saved the lives of his teammates
    By DEEPA BHARATH
    The Orange County Register


    Michael A. Monsoor, a Garden Grove High School graduate, has been selected to receive the prestigious Medal of Honor posthumously for his exceptional courage during a firefight in Iraq when he threw himself on a live grenade to save the lives of his teammates.

    The announcement came from White House Press Secretary Dana Perino Monday morning as she was en route to Ukraine with President Bush and the first lady, according to White House spokesman Trey Bohn.

    Monsoor's parents, George and Sally Monsoor, longtime Garden Grove residents, have been invited to the White House to accept the award on behalf of their son during a special ceremony April 8.

    Michael Monsoor was 25 when he was killed during operation Kentucky Jumper in South Ramadi. According to the Navy SEAL official Web site dedicated to Monsoor, he was serving there as a weapons gunner.

    During an intense firefight the afternoon of Sept. 29, 2006, an enemy fighter hurled a hand grenade at Monsoor and his teammates who were watching for insurgents from a rooftop. The grenade hit Monsoor on his chest and bounced on to the deck. He tried to yell out "grenade" and alert his teammates, but they could not evacuate in time to escape the explosive.

    "Without hesitation and showing no regard for his own life, he threw himself on to the grenade, smothering it to protect his teammates who were lying in close proximity," an incident report posted on the Navy SEAL Web site reads. "The grenade detonated as he came down on top of it, mortally wounding him."

    Monsoor could have easily escaped the live grenade had he chosen to do so, the report says.

    "Of the three SEALs on that rooftop corner, he had the only avenue of escape from the blast and if he had so chosen, he could have easily escaped… By his courageous and selfless actions, he saved the lives of his two fellow SEALs and he is the most deserving of the special recognition afforded by awarding the Medal of Honor."

    Monsoor, the third of four children, grew up in Garden Grove. He attended Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate School and Garden Grove High School, where he played tight end on the Argonaut football team. He was a 1999 graduate.

    His friend, Danny Wright, said Monsoor was a man who enjoyed life on the edge. Snowboarding, body boarding, riding motorcycles and driving his Corvette were all his pet pursuits.

    Wright had said when interviewed by the Register in 2006 that he is not at all surprised that Monsoor made the ultimate sacrifice.

    "It's exactly something that he would do," Wright said then. "He would do anything for a friend, including giving up his own life."

    Wright and other friends were planning on throwing a huge Halloween bash for Monsoor on his return from Ramadi. It was among his favorite holidays, they said.

    Monsoor is the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the Medal of Honor in the Iraq War. Most recently Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL, received this highest honor posthumously Oct. 22 for his brave actions during a reconnaissance mission to find a key Taliban leader in the mountains of Afghanistan.

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  2. J Graham

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    Brave young man!
     
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    <TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">A Real Hero!.....God Bless.....

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    indeed a brave and honorable young man, and these people deserves more respect than we will ever realize unless you have done wartime duty yourself
     
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    Very heroic and honorable. I hope my brother who is over there now is surrounded by men like Michael A. Monsoor. His family should be very proud.
     
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    The ultimate sacrifice, incredibly selfless, brave act.
     
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    God Bless the family and thank them for there sacrafice. I get express the respect I have for those you men...!

    Heros, all of them.

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    Now that is a Hero....
     
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    Men like this fine young man is what made this country!
     
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    one of my employees grew up with guy, when he saw it in the paper he was devastated, this young man was soon to be coming home on leave. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY
     
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    now thats a hero, guarding the gates of heaven by now,.. :appl:









    Lokey,..
     
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    If you haven't already, check out "Lone Survivor" written by the leader of a 4 man SEAL team ambushed in Afghanistan (16 more servicemen died when their helo crashed during a rescue attempt). There are a lot of guys like Monsoor out there (thank God) and many of them deserve the MOH and a whole lot more gratitude than they are currently getting.
     
  14. MM2

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    you are correct.
     
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    Lone Survivor is one of the best books that I have ever read.
     
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    I second that.
     
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    I give the highest praise to the parents. Someone that still knows how to raise a son even in California.
    Long live the Navy Seals.
     
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    wow. thats all i have to say.
     

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