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INTRODUCTION: Michael Monsoor
On September 29, 2006, Ramadi, Iraq was considered the most dangerous city on planet earth for American servicemen. Michael Monsoor was there in the midst of it all. He was a member of the elite branch of the Navy called SEALS, which stands for Sea, Air and Land. On that day, he was on a rooftop over-watch in the most contested part of the city called the Ma'laab district. Positioned near the only exit, with an MK 48 machine gun in hand, he was providing security for two SEAL snipers who lay in prone positions on either side of him. Moments later a fragmentation grenade bounced off his chest and landed on the ground. Although nothing can adequately prepare one for such a circumstance, Michael Monsoor seemed to be living a life which pointed to it. In the five months since being deployed in Iraq, Michael Monsoor had already been awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star for his heroism in saving the lives of his men. When the grenade landed in front of him, Michael Monsoor knew that the length of the fuse would not allow him to toss it out. With the only exit door at his back, a live grenade at his feet and two Navy Seals in front of him he was faced with the hardest decision of his life. No one would have faulted him had he chosen a path to safety. He chose a different path. Once again he put others first and, with unflinching selflessness he threw himself on the grenade, giving his life so that others might live. In so doing, he saved the lives of three Navy SEALS and eight Iraqi soldiers. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bush in June of 2008. At the ceremony, Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter quoted a passage from scripture already remembered by many people to describe Michael Monsoor, a devout believer, John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends." What an appropriate ...
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