For the first time since taking office, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to an American soldier ...in this case, a former Ft. Bragg soldier who lost his own life to save his comrades.
Sergeant First Class Jared Monti of Ft. Drum, who's mother Janet lives in Winterville, was on his second tour in Afghanistan in June of 2006. Monti's unit was on a surveillance mission when they were suddenly ambushed. Outnumbered three to one, Monti and his men took cover from an avalanche of enemy fire.
One soldier was killed. But one of the wounded was out in the open, exposed to the enemy. Without hesitation, Monti left the safety of his position to try to reach his wounded soldier. Twice he was driven back by intense enemy fire. The third time, Monti was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. Mortally wounded, he asked his fellow soldiers to tell his parents, he loved them.
Thursday in a White House ceremony, President Obama posthumously presented Monti the nation's highest award for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.