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Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor

PO2 (EOD2) (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq,
giving his life to save his fellow Seals.
(Notice: Mike was not a Navy SEAL, he was EOD. He gave his life to save a group
of Navy 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 , SEAL's 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.

This should be front-page news instead of the trivia we see every day..
Since the media won't make this news,

I choose to make it news by forwarding it .

I am very proud of our military. If you are proud too, please pass this on. If not then rest
assured that these fine men and women of our military will continue to serve and protect.

God Bless our Troops


Snarla said...

I just want to point out that Monsoor is an Arab name. It's touching to see patriotic Americans so sentimental about a young man of Arab descent.

Kevin said...

What makes this post right-wing?

CMcD said...

Finally, a RW forward that is almost completely accurate. I read the wikipedia article about Michael Monsoor and that Medal of Honor is well-earned for his absolute selflessness and heroism.

As far as the darned lib'ral media not covering it? Not so much:
NYT, WaPo, MSNBC, ABC, and even the Huffington Post.

Kelsey said...

Hell, I'm gad this coverage. You know what else I wish? That the liberal emm-ess-emm published a front-page story for EVERY SINGLE military member killed in action and showed pictures of their flag-draped coffins and crying families.

Something tells me that might not fly so well.

Anonymous said...

Well, it was Dick Cheney who wouldn't allow media coverage of the coffins coming off the planes from Iraq & Afganistan. One of the earlier things that BHO did was negotiate to have the coffins filmed, if the family was willing.

I can also recall the rightwing outrage when some news stations, esp super "librul" PBS, started acknowledging and naming those who had fallen in both wars; PBS continues to do this to this day, although I don't see it happening on other media stations. The right immediately went nuts over that w/their ersatz anger saying we were "aiding & comforting the enemy" by doing that.

I'm glad this fallen Naval officer was so honored. It's too bad it's taken the right wing so long to get to the point where it is "acceptable" to publish this info. That wasn't always the case.

The right continues to have a very selective memory & lots of cognitive dissonance abounds.

Anonymous said...

The public is as much to blame as anyone. We did get reports on the casualties of war for a while back in Afghanistan and the early days of Iraq, but people got sick of seeing "14 killed in IED attack" in the headlines day after day, and the news obliged by moving on to lighter or scarier topics.

Anonymous said...

In response to the last Anon post: I agree that the public is "to blame," but I respectfully disagree that the media responded to the public's not wanting to see news about the war.

During the Viet Nam war, the public was glued to their tv sets watching the actual war happen, which is why the protests against that war were so large and so inclusive (and NOT just a buncha dirty hippies). People saw the reality of war and didn't like what they saw, and so they took to the streets.

Believe me, the military-industrial complex said: never again! I agree that we citizens are lazy and dull (I include myself here), but I simply don't accept that the media - mainly owned by large corporations who are part of the military-industrial complex (who make TONS of $$$$ from war) - are "responding" to the public who doesn't feel like watching info about the war.

I think the impetus is the other way around, and that the news could be be presented in such a way that the public would be more interested. That'll never happen.

Ever hear the adage: give them bread and circuses????

Anonymous said...

I think this could easily be "light wing" or "apolitical"; only the sender colors the message. Afterall, aren't casualties mostly underreported by conservative sources?

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