“Monsoor in the Streets of Ramadi” is the second in the Navy SEAL Medal of Honor series.
Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, pictured above, was part of a sniper overwatch security position with three other SEALs and eight Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers. An insurgent closed in and threw a fragmentation grenade into the overwatch position. The grenade hit Monsoor in the chest before falling to the ground. Positioned next to the single exit, Monsoor was the only one who could have escaped harm. Instead, he dropped onto the grenade to shield the others from the blast. Monsoor died approximately 30 minutes later. He saved the lives of his 3 teammates and the IA soldiers. Because of Petty Officer Monsoor’s actions, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Monsoor also received the Silver Star for his actions during the same deployment in May 2006, when he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to rescue and treat an injured teammate.
The painting now hangs in the National Navy SEAL Museum.