Monsoor was awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor", for giving his life in Iraq. He jumped on a live hand grenade, covering it with his body, saving the lives of a large group of Navy Seals. During Mike Monsoor's funeral at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California, the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse. They lined up on each side of Mike Monsoor's casket, along with his family members, friends, fellow sailors and well-wishers. The column of people continued from the hearse, all the way to the grave site. What the group didn't know at the time was that every Navy Seal (45 to be exact) that Mike Monsoor saved that day was scattered through-out this column of people. As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave side, the column would collapse, forming a group of people that followed behind. Every time the casket passed a Navy Seal, he would remove his Gold Trident pin from his uniform. He would slap it down hard onto the casket, causing the Gold Trident pin to embed itself into the top of the wooden casket. The Navy Seal would then step back from the casket and salute! The trident pin is what one is awarded upon completion of the Navy Seals program. Following basic training, Seal Qualification Training is 15 more weeks of training. It is necessary to continue improving basic skills and to learn new tactics and techniques required for an assignment to a Navy Seal platoon. After successful completion, trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code and are awarded The Navy Seal Trident Pin. It was said that each of the 45 slaps could be heard across The Cemetery. by the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from The 45 Trident Pins that lined the top!
This was an appropriate memorial and tribute to a true Warrior Hero.