Navy SEAL to get Medal of Honor

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    By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer
    1 hour, 13 minutes ago


    SAN DIEGO - An elite Navy SEAL who threw himself on top of a grenade in Iraq to save his comrades will be posthumously awarded the nation's highest military tribute, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

    The Medal of Honor will be awarded to Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor. His family will receive the medal during a White House ceremony April 8.

    Monsoor is the fourth person to receive the honor since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    "Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism on Sept. 29, 2006," press secretary Dana Perino told reporters during a briefing aboard Air Force One as President Bush headed to Europe for a NATO summit.

    Monsoor was part of a sniper security team in Ramadi with three other SEALs and eight Iraqi soldiers, according to a Navy account. An insurgent fighter threw the grenade, which struck Monsoor in the chest before falling in front of him.

    Monsoor then threw himself on the grenade, according to a SEAL who spoke to The Associated Press in 2006 on condition of anonymity because his work requires his identity 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 suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs' lives, and we owe him."

    Two SEALs next to Monsoor were injured; another who was 10 feet to 15 feet from the blast was unhurt. Monsoor, from Garden Grove, Calif., was 25 at the time.

    Monsoor, a platoon machine gunner, had received the Silver Star, the third-highest award for combat valor, for his actions pulling a wounded SEAL to safety during a May 9, 2006, firefight in Ramadi.

    He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his sacrfice in Ramadi.

    Sixteen SEALs have been killed in Afghanistan. Eleven of them died in June 2005 when a helicopter was shot down near the Pakistan border while ferrying reinforcements for troops pursuing al-Qaida militants.

    There are about 2,300 of the elite fighters, based in Coronado and Little Creek, Va.

    The Navy is trying to boost the number by 500 — a challenge considering more than 75 percent of candidates drop out of training, notorious for "Hell Week," five days of continual drills by the ocean broken by only four hours sleep total.

    Monsoor made it through training on his second attempt.

    :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute:
     
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    I'm with you on that one Lucky :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute:
     
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    Truly the most heroic thing a soldier can do is sacrifice his life for the lives of his fellow brothers-in-arms...

    I salute the memory of this fallen giant among men....
     
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    Well said, Dan...:salute:
     
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    :salute: to a hero.
     
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    Amazing. It is bravery beyond my comprehension. Salute to him and my thoughts go out to his family.

    On a related note, the other Sailor who go the MOH was a Penn State Graduate. Micheal Murphy was featured in the PSU Alumni Magazine, THE PENN STATER. However, the editorial staff, in their infinite wisdom, decided to put a story about Valerie Plame on the cover and as the lead story inside. The story was very favorable to Valerie Plame. The story abotu Micheal Murphy was more or less buried inside the mag.

    Needless to say, a lot of people went balistic. The letters to the editor section had about 5-10 letters against and 1 for the decision. To my mind, that isn't enough. Micheal Murphy gave his life for the country and recieved the country's highest award. Plame played the system to her advantage and made big bucks off it.

    It was disgusting, absolutely disgusting that THE PENN STATER would do such a thing.
     
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    :salute: Now THAT, is a hero.
     
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    Agreed. :salute:
     
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    The ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man.... :salute:

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