Michael Monsoor was born in Long Beach, CA on April 5, 1981. He sacrificed his life on September 29, 2006 while protecting his fellow soldiers.


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The President of the United States of America, authorized by

Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded the Medal of Honor to

Master-At-Arms Second Class (Sea, Air and Land)

Michael A. Monsoor

United States Navy

For conspicuous gallantry and an intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Automatic Weapons Gunner for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 29 September 2006. As a member of the combine seal and Iraqi army sniper overwatch element, task with providing early watching and standoff protection from the rooftop in the insurgent held sector of Ar Ramadan, Iraq. Petty Officer Monsoor distinguish himself by his exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning, insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconnoitering the area around the element’s position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy’s initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to assault the element, engaging them in a rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took a position with his machine gun between two teammates on an outcropping of the roof while the Seals vigilantly watched for enemy activity. An insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location, which bounced off Petty Officer Monsoor’s chest and landed in front of him. Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without regard for his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the explosion on with his body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS

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Notable Orange County Veterans:

1st Lieutenant Kenneth A. Walsh, Medal of Honor: World War II Fighter Ace

Captain Nelson M. Holderman, Medal of Honor:  World War I Hero

Captain William E. Barber, Medal of Honor: Fought at Iwo Jima

Corporal Tibor Rubin, Medal of Honor: Korean War – 1st Cavalry Division

Lance Corporal Kenneth L. Worley, Medal of Honor: Gave His Life for his Country

Lieutenant (J. G.) Donald A. Gary, Medal of Honor: Officer on The USS Franklin in Japan

PFC Clarence B. Craft, Medal of Honor: Hastened the End of the Campaign on Okinawa

Sergeant Chris Carr, Medal of Honor: WWII Hero Battled in Italy

Specialist Fourth Class John P. Baca, Medal of Honor: Vietnam Vet Protects His Troops

Staff Sergeant Walter D. Ehlers, Medal of Honor: Stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day

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