Mike Monsoor, Navy Petty Officer Second Class, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class
April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006
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!
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. A column of people including his family members, friends, fellow sailors, and well-wishers gathered. 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! 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 Itself into the top of the wooden casket! Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column and salute!
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!
Please keep Mike’s family in your thoughts and prayers today……………………….
Hat tip reader Bob – thank you.