USS Michael Monsoor Commissioned 26 Jan 2019 – Namesake the Epitome of Valor
On January 26, 2019, the newest Zumwalt Class guided missile destroyer, the USS Michael Monsoor, was commissioned in San Diego, California. Sleek, and modern, the ship was celebrated as the newest in the line of Navy destroyers. But it’s the namesake of the vessel where the real story begins: Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor.
Michael Knowles wrote in a Fox News op-ed:
On May 9, 2006, Petty Officer Monsoor leapt to the aid of a fellow SEAL who had been wounded in action and exposed to machine gun fire on the streets of Ramadi, Iraq. With no regard for his own life, Monsoor dragged his wounded comrade to safety while simultaneously carrying a 100-pound rucksack and firing a heavy machine gun to fend off their attackers. This act of gallantry and intrepidity in action earned him the Silver Star.
Four months later, Monsoor answered the call of duty with an act of heroism that would earn him the Medal of Honor. On September 29, as Monsoor watched for enemy activity with his teammates on a roof in Ramadi, an insurgent hurled a hand grenade from an unseen location. The grenade hit Monsoor in the chest and bounced to the ground.
While Monsoor easily could have escaped the blast from his position next to the single exit, his teammates would have been trapped. So Monsoor threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the explosion and saving the lives of his friends. The 25-year-old warrior died half an hour later, having received last rites, on the Feast of St. Michael.
Monsoor’s brother and father were both US Marines. Catholic by faith, Monsoor believed in the SEAL brotherhood. He was selfless, not selfish, as so many millennials are today. He was only 25 when he died saving the lives of others.
Recruiting in today’s military has been a significant challenge. The vast majority of youth to choose from are not suited to sacrifice or patriotism for serving the country. Michael Monsoor had faith, and courage. He understood that his service as a SEAL gave him purpose and strength. He proved it by his actions, which will be remembered through a Zumwalt Class Destroyer named in his honor.
Today’s youth dismiss such qualities as “toxic.” It has made them weak, selfish, and unable to handle even the smallest of adverse situations. Knowles’ article spoke of a study from Arizona State University that revealed many in this generation suffer from post-traumatic stress over the 2016 election. They are unable to move on, flattened by the narratives of the media and their left wing instructors. Their lives are wasted. The military could help with that, but for some, their weakness may never be conquered.
The courage displayed by Petty Officer Michael Monsoor should be a lesson for them…but will they ever understand it?
Featured photo: SAN DIEGO (Jan. 26, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Naval Base Coronado security department fire a 19-gun salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)