MA2 (SEAL) Michael Monsoor

25, of Long Beach, CA

Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael Monsoor was killed on September 29, 2006. An insurgent threw a grenade onto a rooftop where he and several other SEALs and Iraqi soldiers were positioned. Monsoor quickly smothered the grenade with his own body, absorbing the explosion, and saving his comrades from serious injury and death. Monsoor died 20 minutes later from serious wounds resulting from the explosion. Monsoor was posthumously award the United Sates Military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions. Monsoor was the second Navy SEAL to die in Iraq as part of the Global War on Terror. Because of his sacrifice, all three of his teammates survived with only minor injuries. He was assigned to a West Coast based SEAL team.

Fallen Heroes of the U.S. Navy SEALs
September 11, 2001 to Present

In the days, months, and years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Navy SEALs have been called upon more so than ever to employ their unique set of skills in accomplishing our nation’s most dangerous and covert operations. The photographs and stories in this room honor those SEALs who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of the war on terror, and are displayed in chronological order of their sacrifice, from left to right. Similar displays can be found on the quarterdecks of the U.S. Navy and Naval Special Warfare Commands.

Memorial Provided by the U.S. Navy, Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL.