The sailor pictured here is Navy Petty Officer, PO2 (Petty Officer, Second Class) EOD2 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class) MIKE MONSOOR. April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006
Mike Monsoor, was awarded “The Congressional Medal Of Honor”, 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, on San Diego, California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse, and 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 through-out the column! As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave site, 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 unifform and slap it down hard causing the gold trident pin to embed itself into the top of the wooden casket. Then the Navy Seal would step back from the column and salute!
For those who don't know what a Trident Pin Is:
After you complete the basic Navy Seals Programs 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 pink, they are officially Navy Seals.
It was said that you could hear each of the 45 claps from across the cemetery. By the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, It looked as if it had a gold inlay from the 45 Trident Pins that lined the top.
What a fitting end to an eternal send off for a hero! Why isn't this front page news? I got this in an email. Since the main stream media won't make this news, let's do it ourselves online. The world needs more heroes like Mike Monsoor.