Author Topic: SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom  (Read 8587 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Trip_Wire

  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • 80
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 66
  • The Heritage — Special Forces
SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom
« on: June 11, 2008, 17:11:39 »
PO2 Mike Monsoor was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor
posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq, giving his life to save
his fellow SEALs.

During Mike Monsoor's funeral in San Diego, as his coffin was being
moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National
Cemetery, SEALs were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route
forming a column of two's, with the coffin moving up the center. 

As Mike's coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from
his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin
arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the
Tridents pinned to it.  This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

This should be front-page news instead of the worthless rhetoric we see everyday.




De Oppresso Liber - Rangers Lead the Way!

"To make war upon rebellion is messy and slow, like eating soup with a knife" -TE Lawrence.

Offline BYT Driver

  • Army.ca Subscriber
  • Army.ca Veteran
  • *
  • 13,785
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 1,114
Re: SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008, 22:17:18 »
A very fitting and honourable way to say good bye to a brother warrior.
I haven't heard of any similiar with our Troops.     :salute:
RIP, SEAL    :cdn:

Offline Breacher41

  • Army.ca Veteran
  • *****
  • 17,601
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 3,073
  • Per Pietas et Virtus
Re: SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008, 01:45:44 »
I haven't heard of any similiar with our Troops.   

We don't have any medal devices on our uniforms other then our collar dogs, shoulder bars and cap brasses.

Trust me... I can see some brasshat somewhere sh^ting a brick when an entire company or platoon all of a sudden appeared on national television or newspaper with a collar dog missing, or their capbadges missing, or one of their shoulder bars missing.

Not to mention not many of us have medal capbadges anymore. Mostly belonging to the Combat Arms, the entire support arms have converted to cloth badges.

It's truly a gesture that cannot be overlooked. They are warriors, and this is their way of sending one of their own off. RIP SEAL.
هناك [هس تو] كنت يستعصي طريق

Offline Bread Guy

  • Bread Baker & Info Curator (still learning @ both)
  • Directing Staff
  • Army.ca Relic
  • *
  • 455,400
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 22,958
    • MILNEWS.ca-Military News for Canadians
Re: SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008, 11:42:15 »
Never heard of this before - thanks for sharing!

Sadly, MedTech is bang on re:  missing accoutrements and how that would be taken by the higher-ups...

RIP  :salute:
“The risk of insult is the price of clarity.” -- Roy H. Williams

The words I share here are my own, not those of anyone else or anybody I may be affiliated with.

Tony Prudori
MILNEWS.ca - Twitter

Offline Hamish Seggie

  • Army.ca Legend
  • *****
  • 251,527
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 11,083
  • This is my son Michael, KIA Afghanistan 3 Sep 08
Re: SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008, 12:15:16 »
A qualification badge is one thing; your Regimental/Corps badges are another.
I think its a nice gesture, BUT let's remember that the SEALS are American. What they do is their concern.
I'm not saying we should or shouldn't emulate them. Lets stick with our own customs and traditions.
Freedom Isn't Free   "Never Shall I Fail My Brothers"

“Do everything that is necessary and nothing that is not".

Offline lone bugler

  • Member
  • ****
  • 25,425
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 145
Re: SEAL PO2 Mike Monsoor's Funeral — SEAL Custom
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2008, 14:58:44 »
very touching tradition. Also this tradition is more easier to carry out in the US probably because they can buy their uniform part easier. I've seen people come back from the states with enough insignias so supply a company and their own "fruit salad". Besides the MoH, other medals, badges, ribbons, etc. are mass produced and easily obtainable
"Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder"