Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony at the White House April 8, 2008. He will receive the award for his actions in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. On that day, Monsoor was part of a sniper overwatch security position with three other SEALs and eight Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers. An insurgent closed in and threw a fragmentation grenade into the overwatch position. The grenade hit Monsoor in the chest before falling to the ground. Positioned next to the single exit, Monsoor was the only one who could have escaped harm. Instead, he dropped onto the grenade to shield the others from the blast. Monsoor died approximately 30 minutes later from wounds sustained from the blast. Because of Petty Officer Monsoor’s actions, he saved the lives of his 3 teammates and the IA soldiers. Monsoor also received the Silver Star for his actions during the same deployment in May 2006, when he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to rescue and treat an injured teammate. Photo courtesy Monsoor family(RELEASED)


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor patrolling the streets of Iraq while deployed in 2006.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor (center) poses for a photo with two teammates in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor patrols the streets of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, while deployed in 2006.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor (center) poses for a photo with two teammates.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor poses for a photo on a rooftop in Ar Ramadi Iraq, while deployed in 2006.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor poses for a photo while attending cold weather training in Kodiak, Alaska in 2004.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor (kneeling) poses for a photo with his teammates while deployed to Ar Ramadi Iraq in 2006.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor (kneeling) poses for a photo with his teammates while deployed to Ar Ramadi Iraq in 2006.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor poses for a photo in Hawthorne Nev.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor (far left, third row from bottom).


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor.


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Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor.


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