22. August 2008 · Comments Off on PO2 Mike Monsoor · Categories: In the Navy

PO2 Mike Monsoor has been written about by Froggy over at Blackfive, here and here.  But what a lot of people don’t know is what happened at his funeral.  I received the news via an email from a friend of mine, confirmed by SNOPES.  If I do a Google search on the PO2, I only find the story from Milnet in Canada!

PO2 Mike Monsoor was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor
posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq, giving his life to save
his fellow SEALs.

During Mike Monsoor’s funeral in San Diego, as his coffin was being
moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National
Cemetery, SEALs were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route
forming a column of two’s, with the coffin moving up the center.

As Mike’s coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from
his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin
arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the
Tridents pinned to it.  This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

Rather than bitch that no one has given this story the attention it deserves, I thought I’d actually get it out here.  I know we don’t get the hits other folks do, but hopefully one of the big boys will pick it up.  They may have already and I missed it, but just in case, I wanted to be sure.

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