Jared C Monti
June 21, 2006
3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light
Fort Drum, New
Killed in Gowardesh, Afghanistan, when they encountered enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades during combat operations.
Received Medal of Honor on 09/17/09
Jared C. Monti Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.
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|From the Boston Herald bostonherald.com
Soldier gets highest honor for ultimate sacrifice
By Katy Jordan | Friday, July 24, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Local Coverage
Army Sgt. Jared C. Monti of Raynham has been posthumously named to receive the Medal of Honor this week for giving his life as he tried to rescue wounded comrades under heavy fire in Afghanistan in 2006.
The humble soldier never liked medals, his proud father, Paul Monti, recalled yesterday. The ones he earned when he was alive, he just tucked in a drawer. It was the way he dealt with many of his exemplary actions in life, his dad said - he didn’t feel he needed to show off about the good things he was doing.
Jared Monti, a 1994 Bridgewater-Raynham High School graduate, was the son of Paul Monti of Raynham and Janet Monti of Winterville, N.C. Just 30 when he was killed, he “was extremely selfless.
“He spent most of his life doing things for other people, even when young,” his father said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Monti received a telephone call from President Obama informing him that his beloved son has been named as a recipient of the Medal of Honor. It will be awarded in a ceremony at the White House in the fall.
“The president told me that he was very proud of him, that the nation was very proud of him and that I should be proud of him,” Monti said. He described the conversation as emotional and “bittersweet.”
On June 21, 2006, during a heavy firefight in Gowardesh, Afghanistan, Jared Monti dragged one wounded soldier to safety under fire. He went back to get another critically wounded soldier and was killed by a grenade in the process.
Monti recalled his son’s quiet, giving spirit, never wanting any recognition for the often surprising things he did.
At 17, Jared asked to cut down a spruce tree from their yard, because a local family wasn’t going to have a Christmas tree.
Then, “he bought them ornaments, presents, Christmas dinner, and he never told anyone,” his father said.
Only five other Medals of Honor have been awarded since 9/11.
“I would rather have him back than all the medals,” Monti said. “But it’s fitting that (Jared) should be recognized for his act.”
He said his son, whose dream was to serve in the military and then become a history teacher, “would be appalled” by the attention he is receiving now.
“(Jared) would say, ‘Dad, I was just doing my job,’ ” he said.
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|From the Taunton Daily Gazette tauntongazette.com
President awards Raynham soldier posthumous Medal of Honor
By JESSICA SCARPATI, GateHouse News Service and Staff Reporter KENDRA LEIGH SARDINHA
GateHouse News Service
Posted Jul 23, 2009 @ 10:00 PM
A Raynham native who was killed in action in Afghanistan has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the country’s highest military award, an Army official has confirmed.
Raynham native Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, killed June 21, 2006, as he attempted to help two fellow soldiers, was awarded the commendation from President Barack Obama Tuesday, an Army spokesman said.
He was 30. It was not clear when or how his family would receive the blue ribbon and adjoining medal.
Monti, who was on his second tour in Afghanistan, was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) of Fort Drum, N.Y.
He and a fellow soldier were killed after they encountered enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades during combat operations.
Obama phoned Monti’s parents, Janet and Paul Monti, with the news Tuesday, the spokesman said.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States, according to the Medal of Honor Society home page. It is usually presented to its recipient by the president “in the name of Congress.”
|Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti
SFC Jared C. Monti was born on September 20, 1975. He was a native of Massachusetts. SFC Monti enlisted in the United States Army in March 1993. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, OK, earning his Military Occupational Specialty of 11B (Forward Observer); he is a graduate of Joint Firepower Controller Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrior Leader Course, Airborne, and Air Assault.. SFC Monti was assigned as a Targetting NCO in Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).
SFC Monti deployed to Afghanistan with Task Force Spartan in February 2006. He was an outstanding leader and well-respected NCO who constantly motivated his Soldiers and ensured that his unit was always ready to fight and win. His career culminated with Task Force Spartan while conducting combat operations in the mountains near Gowardesh, Afghanistan. His recon team occupied a surveillance position when they were attacked by a large enemy force on the afternoon of 21 June 2006. SFC Monti was killed in action by enemy fire in the subsequent engagement when—without hesitation or concern for himself—he rushed under heavy enemy fire to assist two of his wounded comrades who had become separated in the fight.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Korean Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal (2), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
SFC Monti is survived by his Father, Paul Monti, his Mother, Janet Monti, his Sister Niccole Monti, his Brother, Timothy Monti, and his Niece, Carys Monti.
|From Capt Joe Hansen 07/06/06:
I am a U.S. soldier serving in Northern Afghanistan.
SFC Jared Monti and I soldiered together these last few months here in these mountains.
SFC Monti fell in battle this last June repelling an enemy attack upon his position while simultaneously attempting to retrieve a wounded fellow soldier to a covered position.
The last time we spoke, we talked about things soldiers talk about. Sitting on the edge of our cots, elbows on our knees and heads hung while we spoke. We knew. We knew what we were. What we are. What we were doing here in Afghanistan. You were proud of your boys and I was proud with you Jared. Getting up, you grabbed your kit and headed out to lead another patrol.
“Take care of yourself, monti”, I said. Not knowing that I would never see you again.
You never do. I can see you still, grin and all. “See you on the high ground, sir”.
Monti, I say to you now what I could not then. That I hold you in awe, in awe of your nobility, your courage and your unfailing compassion for your men and these people of Afghanistan
It is men such as Jared Monti that we are who we are. Who we could be.
Sergeant Monti was a American Soldier, he was a leader of men and he was my brother.
He was that which makes us salute when we see our nations flag,.. and cry when we remember.
It is men such as this that shrouds us with our freedom at home and provides us our armor in battle.
It is men such as this that we pause and sigh in the half light of our lives and wish it were otherwise.
It is men such as Sergeant First Class Jared Monti that makes me proud to be an American Soldier.
It has been my greatest privilege and my honor to serve alongside you Monti.
“I’ll see you on the high ground.”
Captain Joe Hansen