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World War II - U.S. Army

Jimmie W Monteith Jr.

  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    16th Infantry,
    1st Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 6, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Colleville-sur-Mer, France

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. First Lt. Monteith landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of France under heavy enemy fire. Without regard to his own personal safety he continually moved up and down the beach reorganizing men for further assault. He then led the assault over a narrow protective ledge and across the flat, exposed terrain to the comparative safety of a cliff. Retracing his steps across the field to the beach, he moved over to where two tanks were buttoned up and blind under violent enemy artillery and machine-gun fire. Completely exposed to the intense fire, 1st Lt. Monteith led the tanks on foot through a minefield and into firing positions. Under his direction several enemy positions were destroyed. He then rejoined his company and under his leadership his men captured an advantageous position on the hill. Supervising the defense of his newly won position against repeated vicious counterattacks, he continued to ignore his own personal safety, repeatedly crossing the 200 or 300 yards of open terrain under heavy fire to strengthen links in his defensive chain. When the enemy succeeded in completely surrounding 1st Lt. Monteith and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation, 1st Lt. Monteith was killed by enemy fire. The courage, gallantry, and intrepid leadership displayed by 1st Lt. Monteith is worthy of emulation.

Medal of Honor Recipient Jimmie W. Monteith Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Jimmie W. Monteith Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Richmond, Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details:

    Richmond, Virginia, presented by Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn to his family

  • Born: July 1, 1917, Low Moor, Alleghany County, VA, United States
  • Died: June 6, 1944, Normandy, France
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Normandy Cemetery (MH) (I-20-12), St Laurent-sur-Mer, France

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