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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Today is the day when Christians remember that Christ died for our sins, to redeem us and bring us salvation.

So in that vein, I bring you another story of a man who died for others. Micheal A. Monsoor.

Holed up on the rooftop of a Ramadi house, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor and three fellow SEAL snipers were pulling overwatch duty for a ground security element Sept. 29, 2006, when an enemy grenade landed nearby.

Monsoor, a 25-year-old member of SEAL Team 3 from Garden Grove, Calif., instantly smothered the grenade with his body. The blast killed him, but his actions, officials said at the time, saved the men on the rooftop.

Now, Monsoor is set to become the first SEAL to receive the Medal of Honor for valor in the Iraq war. He will be only the fifth SEAL to be honored with the nation’s highest award for combat heroism.

A Defense Department official confirmed the pending award, which will be presented to his family.

"Greather love hath no man than this than to lay down his life for his friends."

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