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Michael A. Monsoor



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery


Born:  April 5, 1981 at Long Beach, CA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Garden Grove, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Global War on Terrorism For heroism on September 29, 2006  at Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

Died:  September 29, 2006 at the age of 25

On September 29, 2006, U.S. and Iraqi forces were engaged in a firefight near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Anticipating further attacks, Petty Officer Monsoor and three SEAL snipers took up a rooftop position. Civilians aiding the insurgents blocked off the streets, and a nearby mosque broadcast a message for people to fight against the Americans and the Iraqi soldiers. Petty Officer Monsoor was protecting his SEAL comrades, two of whom were 15 feet away as his position made him the only SEAL on the rooftop with quick access to an escape route. A grenade was thrown onto the rooftop by an insurgent in the street below. The grenade hit Petty Officer Monsoor in the chest and fell onto the floor. Immediately he fell onto and covered the grenade with his body, saving the lives of his three comrades. Petty Officer Monsoor was critically wounded and, although evacuated immediately, died 30 minutes later. Two SEALs next to him were injured by the blast but survived.



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