Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will induct Medal of Honor recipient Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in a ceremony April 9 at 2 p.m. EDT.
The White House announced Monday that Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat Sept. 29, 2006, while serving as an automatic weapons gunner in a Naval Special Warfare Unit in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
President Bush is expected to present the Medal of Honor to Petty Officer Monsoor’s parents at a ceremony at the White House on April 8 at 3 p.m. Media interested in covering this event should contact the White House Office of Media Affairs at (202) 456-6238.
The Pentagon ceremony will add his name to the roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department’s permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Media representatives who want to cover the Hall of Heroes induction ceremony on April 9 may contact Navy Public Affairs at (703) 697-5342.
At 7 p.m. on the same day, Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, will present the Medal of Honor flag to Monsoor’s parents in a ceremony at the Navy Memorial. Congress ordered the creation of the Medal of Honor flag to commemorate the sacrifice and blood shed for freedom. Media interested in attending this ceremony please call the Navy Memorial at (202) 380-0718.
Monsoor is the first Navy service member to receive the Medal of Honor for combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the second Navy service member and the fourth member of the armed services to receive the Medal of Honor for combat in support of the Global War on Terrorism.