Former Ft. Bragg Soldier Posthumously Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor

For the first time since taking office, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to an American soldier 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.

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  • by Julie Locke Location: American Abroad on Sep 19, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    Bravery like that of Sergeant First Class Jared Monti, is the highest of caliber, truly a treasure. He was such a courageous soldier that we will forever miss. God Bless men like these. Thanks is never enough for such sacrifice.
  • by Ryan Young Location: Greenville on Sep 18, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    A medal will never suffice for such a sacrifice. I wish more Americans were actually deserving of men like this giving their life for our freedom.
  • by Matt Location: Grifton on Sep 18, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    May God reward you in Heaven, thank you!
  • by Thankful Location: Greenville on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Thank God for this man, his family and others like them. They are the best this country has and we are all so very proud to call them ours.
  • by Brian Location: NC on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    Rest in peace, soilder. You are a hero to this country and you can finally rest in peace. Hooah! Thank you to all of the millitary personal who keep our freedom within the realm of possibility. Remember,freedom is not free.

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