Great American Spotlight-Lieutenant Michael A. Monsoor


Lieutenant Michael A. Monsoor, a Navy Seal who was awarded the Medal of Honor after pulling a team member to safety during firefight in 2006, in Ramadi, Iraq. Lieutenant Monsoor died saving another American.


Michael Anthony Monsoor was a  United States Navy SEAL  who was killed during the Iraq War and awarded the Medal of Honor. In 2001 Monsoor enlisted in the United States Navy and graduated fromBasic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in 2004.

Monsoor was born April 5, 1981, in Long Beach Califorinia, the third of four children of Sally Ann (Boyle) and George Paul Monsoor. His father is of Lebonese and Irish descent, and also served in the United States military as a Marine.

Monsoor died on September 29, 2006, in ar-Ramadi, Iraq, when a grenade hit him in the chest. The grenade exploded seconds later and Monsoor’s body absorbed most of the force of the blast, killing him and saving the lives of two other SEALs who were next to him at the time.

A true hero, Mansoor gave his life to save others.