A Hero Lost

Michael Monsoor, a US Navy SEAL, led a distinguished career in the Navy: he earned a Bronze Star for his work advising Iraqi troops, a Silver Star for rescuing – under fire – a fellow SEAL that was wounded by the enemy, and was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for using his own body to shield fellow SEALs from an activated grenade.
Monsoor had an opportunity to escape the grenade’s blast, but the other SEALs did not. Without hesitation, he threw himself on the grenade to protect his team and was mortally wounded in the process.
His actions reflect great honor and credit upon himself and the United States Navy.
Though I never had the privilege to meet Petty Officer Monsoor, I think I can accurately claim that the world is a lesser place without him.