Friday, November 20, 2009
Mike Monsoor - 4/5/1981 - 9/29/2006
Navy Petty Officer, PO2 Petty Officer, Second Class)
EOD2 (Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Second Class)
April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006
Mike Monsoor, was awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor" last week for giving his life in Iraq as he jumped on and covered with his body a live hand grenade that was accidentally dropped by a Navy Seal, saving the lives of a large group of Navy Seals that was passing by!
During Mike Monsoor's Funeral, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, in San Diego, California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse. Lined up on each side of Mike Monsoor's casket, were his family members, friends, fellow sailors, and well-wishers. The column of people continued from the hearse, all the way to the grave site.
What the group didn't know at the time was, every Navy Seal (45 to be exact) that Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered throughout the column!
As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave side, the column would collapse, which formed a group of people that followed behind.
Every time the rosewood casket passed a Navy Seal, he would remove his gold Trident Pin from his uniform, and slap it down hard, causing the gold Trident Pin to embed itself to the top of the wooden casket!
Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column, and salute!
Now for those (And Me) who do not know what a Trident Pin is or what it looks like, here is the definition and a photo.
After one completes the Basic Navy Seals Program, which lasts for three weeks, and is followed by Seal Qualification Training, which is 15 more weeks of training necessary to continue improving basic skills and to learn new tactics and techniques required for an assignment to a Navy Seal Platoon.
After successful completion, trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code, and are awarded The Navy Seal Trident Pin.
With this gold pin they are now officially Navy Seals!
It was said that you could hear each of the 45 slaps from across the cemetery!
By the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from the 45 Trident Pins that lined the top!
Griefcase extends eternal gratitude, sincerest condolences, and best wishes for mourning joy to every member of the Monsoor family.
Something I learned from my son when he was a boy:
No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
Anything that you tolerate, stays with you. --Cool J
After we remember Him, do what I do--fingerhug your pen. Open what I lovingly refer to as a Joy-nal, and write something. '
I dare you!
Have a joy-filled day, Everyone! And just remember, we're not alone.