By: Brian Sikma
President Bush stood at the podium, blinking back tears and struggling to utter the words. Finally, he gestures with his hand and a couple in late middle age moves towards the front of the room where they will receive their son’s posthumously awarded Medal of Honor. The room is filled with dignitaries and guests, some of them members of the elite Navy unit known as the SEALs.
The group would not be gathered there if it wasn’t for the heroic actions of Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in Iraq in order to protect his fellow SEALs and defend his country.
The day is September 29, 2006 and the coalition forces have been battling the enemy all morning. As the afternoon came, the SEAL team guarding the western flank of the operations in Ar Ramadi shifted it’s position slightly in order to be better prepared to fend of likely enemy attacks.
MA2 Michael Monsoor was positioned with his heavy automatic weapon on an outcropping of roof that affording him and two SEAL snipers a good view of the area. As the threesome kept a vigilant watch for enemy activity, an unobserved enemy fighter hurled a hand grenade onto their position, where it bounced off of Monsoor’s chest. There were three people, one live grenade, and one escape route. The only person who could escape before the inevitable blast was Michael Monsoor.
Monsoor did not abandon his comrades.
Quickly shouting “Grenade!” he dove on top of the device. It quickly detonated, mortally wounding him. His two comrades in arms, however, stayed alive.
There was was a day when the American news media would trumpet from the housetops the courageous actions of an American warrior. There was a day when Medal of Honor recipients were a household name in their generation. Today, many of us must read stories of heroism on the back pages of our newspapers, in a brief paragraph or two skimming over the issue.
If you just read what some on the left have said about our troops, you might begin to wonder whether or not our troops are heroic. You might think the virtues of duty, honor, country, self-sacrifice and courage are about to become extinct. Then a Michael Monsoor comes along and demonstrates that great souls still live.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Reclaim Our Heritage salutes the courage and bravery of MA2 Michael Monsoor and all those brave defenders of freedom who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during this war against Islamic terrorists.