Died on Sept. 7 in Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, of injuries suffered on Sept. 1 in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations.
SGT Luis A. Montes was born on 11 March 1984 in Mexico.
He entered the United States Army on 2 January 2003 and graduated from Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Upon graduation from AIT, SGT Montes was assigned to C Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Garry Owen, Korea. Upon completion of his tour in Korea, he was reassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood Texas.
SGT Montesís awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon,
Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Combat Action Badge.
SGT Montes is survived by his mother, Marisela Montes of EL Centro, California and his father Alejandro Montes.