CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Two Navy SEALs, killed in combat last year, were honored Oct. 12 in a special dedication ceremony by SEAL Team 3 on Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado.
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marc A. Lee was killed on Aug. 2, 2006 in a firefight with insurgents in Ramadi, Iraq as he was moving to lay down automatic weapons fire to protect his team. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor saved his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade tossed into their position, Sept. 29, 2006.
The two fallen SEALs were posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for their combat heroism.
Cmdr. Todd Seniff, SEAL Team 3 commanding officer, dedicated the unit's newly-remodeled quarterdeck in honor of Lee and Monsoor during a ceremony attended by team members, family and friends.
"The new quarterdeck is SEAL Team 3's way of displaying our heritage, building esprit de corps, and remembering not only Michael Monsoor and Marc Lee, but all the other SEALs who have given their lives for our nation," said Seniff.
The term 'quarterdeck' is a maritime expression and refers to a section of a ship's architecture. Historically the quarterdeck is the part of the upper deck to the rear of the main mast. The quarterdeck has come to serve as the ceremonial entrance onto a ship or other Navy command for distinguished guests, and provides visitors' their first impression of the discipline and seaworthiness of a vessel.
"I imagine a new team member just reporting on board, walking across our quarterdeck and thinking to himself that something special is going on here at SEAL Team 3," said the Command Master Chief Bryan Yarbro.
Debbie Lee, Marc Lee's mother, had this to say about the day, "Displayed here is an amazing tribute to these men who gave everything that they could. The team really went above and beyond anything I was expecting."
"The quarterdeck is wonderful, you can really see the hard work Mike's teammates put into this," said Sally Monsoor, Mike's mother. "This memorial stands as a constant reminder of the selfless manor in which these men fight and die for our country."
Naval Special Warfare Command is the Navy component of United States Special Operations Command, and the special operations component of the United States Navy.
The command supports, trains, equips and deploys maritime special operations forces to meet the operational requirements of combatant commanders.
SEAL Team 3 is a subordinate command of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, headquartered at NAB, Coronado. These special operations forces include more than 7,500 active-duty and reserve SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman operators, combat and combat service personnel, civilian and contract employees based primarily in San Diego and Norfolk with forces deployed around the world.
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