The Sailor Pictured Below Is Navy Petty Officer, PO2 (Petty Officer, Second Class) EOD2 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class) 
April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006



  Mike Monsoor was awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor" for giving his life in Iraq.  Petty Officer Monsoor jumped on and cover, with his body, a live hand grenade that was accidentally dropped by a Navy Seal which saved the lives of a large group of Navy Seals that were passing by. 

During Mike Monsoor's funeral at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse and lined up on each side  of the casket  were his family members, friends, fellow sailors and well-wishers.  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 that every Navy Seal (45 to be exact) were in this column. 

As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people leading to the graves site, the column would collapse which formed a group of people that followed behind. 

Every time the casket would pass a Navy Seal he would remove his gold Trident Pin from his uniform and slap it down hard into the top of the casket causing it to be imbedded into the wood.  Then that Navy Seal would step back, stand at attention and salute Petty Office Monsoor.

The basic Navy Seals program lasts for three weeks.  This is then followed by a Seal qualification training for another 15 weeks while improving basic skills and learning new tactics and techniques required for an assignment to a Navy Seal Platoon.  Upon successful completion of the program, the trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code and are awarded the Navy Seal Trident Pin.  They are now officially Navy Seals.

It was said that you could hear each of the 45 slaps from across the cemetery.  By the time the casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from the 45 Trident Pins.



  This was a fitting end to an eternal send-off for a warrior HERO.   


This should have been front-page news instead of the garbage we listen to and see every day.  

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I spent 3 years and 9 months in the US Navy during Viet Nam and am proud of my time served, my country, our devoted service men and women in the 1960's and our service men and women today.  I continued that devotion by working a year in Iraq from 2004-2005.  As a civilian contractor (working for the Dept of Defense U.S. Army)  in Iraq, I drove convoy trucks from base to base and even though I was paid quite well for this extremely dangerous job, I was very proud, once again in my lifetime, to have given part of my life to help others and to my country so, we as Americans, can enjoy freedom. 


Note:  A friend of mine Roxanne has helped provide much of this information on Petty Officer Monsoor. Thanks so much for caring Roxanne.