Born April 5, 1981 in Long Beach, California, Michael Monsoor grew up in Garden Grove, Calif., as the third of four children of George and Sally Monsoor.
Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy March 21, 2001, and attended Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Upon graduation from basic training, he attended Quartermaster "A" School, and then transferred to Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy for a short period of time. He entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., and graduated with Class 250 on September 2, 2004.
He deployed with SEAL Team 3 Delta Platoon in April 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From April to September 26, 2006, Mike served as a heavy weapons machine gunner. During combat patrols he walked behind the platoon point man with his MK 48 machinegun so that he could protect his platoon from a frontal enemy attack. Mike and his platoon operated in a highly contested part of Ramadi city in Iraq and during their deployment, Mike and his fellow SEALS came under enemy attack on 75 percent of their missions. He received the Bronze Star for actions with his Task force in Ramadi from April to September 2006.
Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor was killed in Ramadi, Iraq on September 29, 2006. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day when he dropped onto an insurgent thrown fragmentation grenade to shield his fellow SEALS. He died 30 minutes later from the wounds sustained from the blast. He saved the lives of his three teammates and the Iraqi Army soldiers they were operating with.
He is survived by his mother Sally, his father George, his sister Sara, and his two brothers James and Joseph.
More on MA2 Michael Monsoor, including his Medal of Honor Citation, news articles and pictures, are available on the US Navy website (http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/moh/monsoor.html).