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.
|During a previous engagement on May 9, 2006, Monsoor ran into a street while under continuous insurgent gunfire to rescue an injured comrade, earning a Silver Star. As recipient of BOTH medals, he is the most highly decorated hero in the Global War on Terrorism|
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