SEAL Michael Monsoor to posthumously receive Medal of Honor

“A California-based SEAL who threw his body on a grenade to save his comrades in Iraq will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor, a Defense Department official has confirmed. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, of Garden Grove, Calif., was holed up on the roof of a Ramadi house with three other SEALs on Sept. 29, 2006, when an insurgent grenade landed nearby. Monsoor, a 25-year old with SEAL Team 3, grabbed the grenade and clutched it to his chest. The blast killed him, but his actions, officials said at the time, saved the men on the rooftop.”

Vets for Freedom national tour features WOT’s heroes

Vets for Freedom launch event, March 14th, aboard the USS Midway


A Medal of Honor nominee and recipients of the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star began a three-week, cross-country bus tour Friday night. They fought in Iraq and will provide first-hand testimony that our troops are winning. The numbers do not lie; the only thing falling faster than American casualty rates in Iraq is the mainstream media’s reporting about it [Hat tip to the Mudville Gazette].

Yes, our troops have paid a price in blood and courage. Since 9/11, on all battlefields, more than 4,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have earned and been awarded the top six medals for valor, the Bronze Star with ā€˜Vā€™ device and higher. Hundreds of thousands have served combat tours, tens of thousands have been awarded lesser medals for bravery or meritorious service, and more than 20,000 have received the Purple Heart. To date, 4,451 American troops and 9 DoD civilians have died during the War on Terror.

On April 8, the Vets for Freedom Tour will will reach Washington, D.C., where they will ask Congress to honor the service and sacrifice of so many by completing the mission, to fight on to victory.

The Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour launched from San Diego on Friday, from aboard the USS Midway. More than 1,500 attended. Syndicated talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt spoke with several Vets for Freedom and also launch event MC Jon Voight (the later shown below with U.S. Navy vet, ’63 to ’68, Jerry Koch). Here is an excerpt of his interviews of former Army CPT Peter Hegseth and retired Army LTC Steve Russell:

Jon Voight with US Navy veteran Jerry Koch

These are a few of the warriors on the bus (click on each image to learn more):

Medal of Honor nominee and Silver Star recipient David Bellavia

Navy Cross recipient Marco Martinez

Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell

Navy Cross recipient Jeremiah Workman

Bronze Star with 'V' device recipient Steve Russell

On Saturday in Los Angeles, Peter Hegseth spoke with KTLA TV:

This is where the tour is stopping along the way:

Tuesday, March 18: Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, March 19: San Antonio, TX
Thursday, March 20: Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 25: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Wednesday, March 26: Des Moines, IA
Thursday, March 27: Kansas City, KS
Friday, March 28: Columbia/St. Louis, MO
Saturday, March 29: Nashville, TN
Sunday, March 30: Fort Campbell, KY
Sunday, March 30: Evansville, IN
Monday, March 31: Louisville, KY
Thursday, April 3: Columbia, SC
Friday, April 4: Charlotte, NC
Saturday, April 5: Fayetteville, NC
Sunday, April 6: Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA
Monday, April 7: Richmond, VA
Tuesday, April 8: Washington, DC / Vets on the Hill
Wednesday, April 9, 2008: New York, NY

If you cannot meet the Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour along the way, you can join them online and support their efforts.

Update, March 20, 2008: Michelle Malkin has video of the kickoff event here.