Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Medal of Honor for SEAL in Iraq

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL from southern California, has been awarded the Medal of Honor (Posthumous) for performing what I consider to be one of the ultimate heroic acts: he dove upon and smothered with his own body an enemy hand grenade, thereby saving several of his fellow soldiers with his selfless act. This actually the second Medal of Honor to be awarded in the War on Islamic Terrorism for smothering an enemy hand grenade. Marine Corporal Jason Dunham died doing the same thing in 2004.

I always associate diving on a hand grenade with the Battle of Iwo Jima, where several Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for doing something that I don't even want to imagine ever having to do.

This generation of young Americans often get a bad rap for being lazy, selfish, and spoiled - Lord knows I've done my share of bashing on this blog - but the young men and women serving in this war never cease to humble me with their selfless acts of sacrifice. God Bless each and every one of them.

For the Medal of Honor citations for recipients from the War in Afghanistan, click here. For the Medal of Honor citations for the recipients from the War in Iraq, click here.

Good Day to You, Sir

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