Posthumously. In September 2006, Monsoor was in Ramadi, at a time when Anbar Province was the most violent place in Iraq. He and two squadmates were on a roof, searching for enemy fighters. A grenade was thrown into their sniper’s nest, hitting Monsoor in the chest, then bouncing to the floor in front of them. He was in a position to save himself, and his two team members were not.
In the tradition of SEALs, and of other Medal of Honor recipients, Monsoor threw himself on the grenade, with no hesitation.
“He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it,” said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. “He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs’ lives, and we owe him.”
Today, his parents received the Medal of Honor on his behalf at the White House. (Click on picture for video of the ceremonies)
AP has an interesting observation on today’s ceremonies:
I’d love to know what Bush said to his father and vice versa; the body language is interesting. What can anyone possibly say at that moment? Click the image to watch.
Update: The answer to my question.
For all the people on the Left who rail on the President for supposedly sending troops off to die for his oil buddies, for those of you who claim he has no heart, I say this: Those tears aren’t fake. It’s not some play acting, like Bill Clinton used to do. Because he doesn’t parade his feelings around like Clinton did, we don’t normally see this side of President Bush.