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Jared C Monti

Details
  • Rank: Staff Sergeant (Highest Rank: Sergeant First Class)
  • Conflict/Era: War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)
  • Unit/Command:
    71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team,,
    10th Mountain Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 21, 2006
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Citation

Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. While Staff Sergeant Monti was leading a mission aimed at gathering intelligence and directing fire against the enemy, his 16-man patrol was attacked by as many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Staff Sergeant Monti quickly directed his men to set up a defensive position behind a rock formation. He then called for indirect fire support, accurately targeting the rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters of his position. While still directing fire, Staff Sergeant Monti personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank his patrol. Staff Sergeant Monti then realized that one of his Soldiers was lying wounded in the open ground between the advancing enemy and the patrol’s position. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Monti twice attempted to move from behind the cover of the rocks into the face of relentless enemy fire to rescue his fallen comrade. Determined not to leave his Soldier, Staff Sergeant Monti made a third attempt to cross open terrain through intense enemy fire. On this final attempt, he was mortally wounded, sacrificing his own life in an effort to save his fellow Soldier. Staff Sergeant Monti’s selfless acts of heroism inspired his patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. Staff Sergeant Monti’s immeasurable courage and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Jared C. Monti
Medal of Honor Recipient Jared C. Monti
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Raynham, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 17, 2009

    Presented by President Barack Obama at the White House to his parents

  • Born: September 20, 1975, Abington, Plymouth County, MA, United States
  • Died: June 21, 2006, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
  • Buried: Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA, United States
 

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