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I suppose I should have verified if this was true, but it was sent to me by a very honorable Marine.

PO2 (EOD2) 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.

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 , SEALs 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 crap we see every day. Since the
media won't make this news, I choose to make it news by forwarding it onto
you guys. 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.
 

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That is very cool indeed.
 

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Dont forget those three:

Ross Andrew McGinnis (14 June 1987 - 4 December 2006) was a soldier in the United States Army who was killed in action on December 4, 2006 during the Iraq War when he threw himself on a live grenade thereby saving the lives of at least four other soldiers.



Jason Dunham was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps from Scio, New York. After completing basic training, he served as a Security Force sentry at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. In early 2004, he was serving with 4th Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. On April 14, 2004, Corporal Dunham was leading a Marine patrol near Husaybah, Iraq, investigating an attack on a Marine convoy. His patrol intercepted a number of cars spotted near the scene of the attack. An individual in one of the vehicles attacked Dunham. During the fighting, the individual dropped a live Mills bomb-type hand grenade. Dunham, to save the rest of his men, threw himself on the grenade, attempting to use his helmet to shield himself and others from the explosion.


Paul Ray Smith (September 24, 1969-April 4, 2003) was a United States Army Sergeant First Class who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving with B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq.
Smith organized the evacuation of the injured M113 crewmen. However, behind the courtyard was a military aid station crowded with 100 combat casualties. To protect it from being overrun, Smith chose to fight on rather than withdraw with the wounded. Meanwhile, some Iraqis had taken position in the tower overlooking the courtyard, just over the west wall. The Iraqis now had the Americans in the courtyard under an intense crossfire. Smith took command of the M113 and ordered a driver to position it so that he could attack both the tower and the trenches. He manned the M113's machine gun, going through three boxes of ammunition. A separate team, led by First Sergeant Tim Campbell attacked the tower from the rear, killing the Iraqis. As the battle ended, Smith's machine gun fell silent. His comrades found him slumped in the turret hatch. His armored vest was peppered with thirteen bullet holes, the vest's ceramic armor inserts, both front and back, cracked in numerous places. But the fatal shot, one of the last from the tower, had entered his neck and passed through the brain, killing SFC Smith.
 

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ya know, i hate to bump on a thread i started, but i think its great that this got so many responses. i cant imagine what it must take to do the things these guys have done. i would like to think, given the opportunity, we would all step up to the plate & do something incredible like these guys, but i guess, that is a big reason why i love this 1:6 world. it allows me to pay homage to all those that DO the deed.

to all of you that have ever & still do wear the uniform, an eternal THANK YOU!!
 

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Just reading the Medal of Honor stories leaves you with a lump in your throat and allows ordinary citizens realize what it truly means to sacrifice yourself for your comrades. My only regret that I live with is that I didn't serve my wonderful country.:(
 
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