MA2 Michael Monsoor was a United States Navy Seal who was killed during the Iraq War and was awarded the Medal of Honor. On September 29, 2006 an insurgent threw a grenade onto a rooftop where Monsoor and several other SEAL and Iraqi soldiers were positioned. Monsoor quickly smothered the grenade with his body, absorbing the resulting explosion and saving his comrades from serious injury or death. His death is legendary and it has been portrayed in the film Act of Valor.



The crew of USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) pays respects to Monsoor in San Diego. Michael Monsoor was a United States Navy Seal who was killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Monsor had been working with Iraqi soldiers and other SEALs when a grenade was thrown onto the roof they were ontop of. Michael quickly dived ontop of the grenade and absorbed the impact saving his comrades.(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt)

Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor patrols the streets of Iraq while deployed in 2006. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony at the White House April 8, 2008

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