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    I just came across this article in the Boston Herald while reading my newspapers this morning. I figured that I should pass it along.

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    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 cross-town rival the Boston Globe:

    Aparently Sgt. Monti (stationed at Ft. Drum, NY - home of 10th Mountain Division) has previously received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star..........which he kept in his dresser drawer.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...ets_top_honor/

    Raynham man killed in war gets top honor
    By Abbie Ruzicka, Globe Correspondent | July 24, 2009

    The family of a 30-year-old US Army sergeant from Raynham who was killed on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan three years ago will accept the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor for military, on his behalf in September.

    US Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti died in 2006 trying to rescue fellow soldiers in Afghanistan during a battle against Taliban insurgents.

    Christopher Cunningham, an Army Ranger instructor from Whitingham, Vt., was with Monti when their platoon came under fire in Afghanistan and nominated him for the medal.

    “I’ve seen my fair share of fighting with the enemy, and that was the bravest thing I’ve ever seen a soldier do,’’ he said in a phone interview last night. “What he did was amazing.’’

    Monti’s father, Paul Monti, of Raynham, said he received a phone call from President Obama Tuesday notifying him that his son had been chosen to receive the honor.

    “He told me . . . the nation was proud of my son, and he was proud of my son and was sure I was proud of my son,’’ he said.

    Paul Monti said his son, who entered the service when he was a junior in high school, would have been humbled to be singled out for the honor.

    “It ensures him a place in history,’’ he said, “but I’d much rather have him with me.’’

    Monti’s mother, Janet Monti, of Winterville, N.C., also received the bittersweet call from Obama Tuesday.

    “I’m so proud of him, but we’re going to meet the president because he’s dead, so I feel no joy in that,’’ she said.

    Monti was shot to death by Taliban fighters while he was moving fellow soldiers to a covered position, his mother said. He saved the life of one soldier who had been wounded by gunfire, before he was killed.

    Janet Monti said she was stunned to hear the news of his death in 2006. When her son was a child, she said, he always found a way out of trouble.

    “I would describe him as a cat with nine lives,’’ she said. “Whatever he did, he always managed to get out of it, so we always assumed he would get out of it over there.’’

    Monti’s sister, Niccole Monti, who lives with her mother in Winterville, N.C., said the news of her brother’s honor came with mixed emotions.

    “You start to heal, and as excited as we are about this, it does bring back sadness,’’ she said.

    Darin Souza grew up with Monti in Raynham and was stationed with him at Fort Drum in New York in 1999, he said. Souza now cochairs a scholarship memorial fund in Monti’s name.

    Though Monti never wanted attention, Souza said, he was awarded many medals in his 12 years of service, including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
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    Simply put...BRAVO! BRAVO! (standing ovation)
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    Sadly there are far too many awards such as this that are granted posthumously and it is a very small consolation for the loss of a loved one/comrade in arms.

    Congratulations, Sergeant, on a job very well done. May you find peace.

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    A true hero and a deserved award. These are the type of people we should be honoring and mourning.

    This should be at the top of every news broadcast, and every TV station should have the award ceremony on for the entire duration when the day comes. Sadly, I doubt we'll see more than a snippit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22 View Post
    A true hero and a deserved award. These are the type of people we should be honoring and mourning.

    This should be at the top of every news broadcast, and every TV station should have the award ceremony on for the entire duration when the day comes. Sadly, I doubt we'll see more than a snippit.
    Sadly this is very true.

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    Sadly, the MOH is similar to the Victoria Cross. Very few are awarded to living soldiers. My hatsoff to Sgt Monti and my prayers to his family.

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    There is a phrase I read in a book (ya! I read sometimes LOL) that went something like this:




    "(He) was in the wrong place at the wrong time and something went wrong. Naturally, (He) became a hero."





    {thats not the exact quote, and I've never been able to find it again, but that is how I remember it, memory not being what it used to be.}

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    There is a phrase I read in a book (ya! I read sometimes LOL) that went something like this:




    "(He) was in the wrong place at the wrong time and something went wrong. Naturally, (He) became a hero."





    {thats not the exact quote, and I've never been able to find it again, but that is how I remember it, memory not being what it used to be.}
    Funny about that Rick, I've noticed there seems to be a lot of that memory thing going around. Maybe its a global pandemic stemming from Swine Flu?

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    I would love to see this soldier get a tenth of the publicity that the media gave Jacko. This soldier is probably all that we hold dear about this country. To be awarded the CMH now is almost impossible. He and his family deserve our respects. Blessing to all of them over there.

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    A well deserved honor for a brave soldier, who put himself in harms way and made the ultimate sacrifice to rescue others.
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    Outstanding Job Sgt. Monti.

    Semper Fi.

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    Bump!

    Just seemed like the appropriate thing to do.

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