We found an interesting “fact-check” article by Carole Fader at The Florida Times-Union – Jacksonville website that we thought is worth sharing with you. It involves an e-mail with a photo of a trident-riddled casket that has been making the rounds in the Internet, a casket that is said to be Medal of Honor recipient Michael Monsoor’s.
There are, after all, an untold number of e-mails circulating on the web, claiming stories of courage and heroism. While we would like to give due recognition to those who deserve it, it is reasonable to try and ensure that the things that we are hearing about are true, so that recognition only goes to the true heroes.
The photo, apparently, has been used in more than one e-mail thread and may have been taken at the funeral of another SEAL. Snopes.com, a website that confirms or discredits urban legends, indicated that it is not clear whether the photo of the casket with tridents lined up rather nicely was actually taken during the funeral service for Monsoor.
Whether it was, indeed, Monsoor’s casket or not may not be all that relevant; the more important thing to notice is the brotherhood of the SEALs and how they pay tribute to a fallen comrade.
There are confirmed reports that such a tribute was, indeed, done at Monsoor’s funeral. A video of the tribute being performed during his burial is said to be on YouTube. It showed the Monsoor’s casket as standing stationary as SEALs placed their tridents on his casket and pounded these into the wood.