Michael Monsoor, a Navy Seal, has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor!
Michael Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for throwing himself on a grenade to save his fellow comrades.
And a tear rolled down President Bush’s cheek on April 10, 2008 as the citation was read in the East Room of the White House.
And one of the survivors put it this way ..
"Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, ‘You cannot take my brothers, I will go in their stead’".
Monsoor was previously awarded the Silver Star for dragging a fellow wounded Navy Seal to safety whilst under fire.
"The Medal of Honor is awarded for an act of such courage that no one could rightly be expected to undertake it. Yet those who knew Michael Monsoor were not surprised when he did".
President Bush said.
The Act Of Selflessness
Monsoor was in Ramadi when an insurgent lobbed a grenade onto the roof where Monsoor and his team were positioned.
It hit Monsoor in the chest before bouncing to the ground, according to a summary of his actions provided by the Navy.
"He immediately leaped to his feet and yelled ‘grenade’ to alert his teammates of impending danger, but they could not evacuate the sniper hide-sight in time to escape harm".
the summary of action said.
Monsoor had a chance to escape, but he knew that the other Navy Seals did not, so he threw himself on the grenade.
"In that terrible moment, he had two options. To save himself or to save his friends. For Mike, there was no choice at all".
President Bush’s Reaction
Bush’s upper lip began to tremble after he told Monsoor’s parents that the United States owes them a debt that cannot be repaid.
And as his voice began to break as he said:
"And this nation will always honor the sacrifice he made. May God comfort you. May God Bless America".