Obama Awards Medal Of Honor To Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti

please join me in prayer Almighty and loving God in whom we place our trust we ask your blessings on this ceremony as we honor the life and service of sergeant first class Jared Christopher Monti this heroic actions and selfless service from 21 June 2006 in Afghanistan reflect the spirit of our great nation and the heart and soul of the men and women of our armed services you remind us Lord in your word that the secret of a great life is the desire and determination to prefer the needs of others more than our own even to the point of laying down our life for our friends Lord Jared's family friends and fellow soldiers gather here today to bear witness that he pursued and attained a level of greatness that few of us achieved in our brief life here on earth thank you for charting Jared's course to greatness from his days as a young boy who dreamed of wearing our nation's cloth to his calling as a noncommissioned officer who dedicated every waking moment to train mentor and loved his soldiers to his selfless act displayed during the chaos of combat as he courageously fought through hailstorms of enemy fire to rescue one of his fallen soldiers Lord would you comfort Jared's parents Paul and Janet his brother and sister Tim and Nicole and his fellow soldiers who fought along beside him in Afghanistan with the assurance that Jared's climb to glory did not end until he safely and securely fell into your everlasting arms may we and all who hear of Jared's sacrificial service never cease to give thanks and to pray diligently for the young men and women of our armed services who'd like Jared stand in harm's way even this moment protecting supporting and defending our great nation this we pray in your most holy name amen please be seated good afternoon and welcome to the White House of all the privileges serving as president there is no greater honor than serving as commander-in-chief of the finest military that the world has ever known and of all the military decorations that a president and a nation can bestow there is none higher than the Medal of Honor it has been nearly 150 years since our nation first presented this medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity knack ssin at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty and in those nearly 150 years through Civil War two world wars Korea and Vietnam Desert Storm and Somalia Afghanistan and Iraq and countless battles in between tens of millions of Americans have worn the uniform but fewer than 3500 have been recognized with the Medal of Honor and in our time these remarkable of Americans are literally one in a million and today we recognize another sergeant first class Jared C Monti the Medal of Honor reflects the admiration and gratitude of the nation so we are joined by members of Congress including from Sergeant Monty's home state of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and congressman Barney Frank we're joined by our Secretary of Defense Robert Gates chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and leaders from across the Armed Forces we are joined by the leaders of the army to which Sergeant Monti dedicated his life secretary Pete Geren our incoming secretary confirmed by the Senate last night John McHugh Chief of Staff General George Casey sergeant major of the army Ken Preston and Jared's fellow soldiers and commanders from the legendary 10th Mountain Division and we are joined by those who now welcomed Sergeant Monti into their storied ranks members of the Medal of Honor Society but today is not about high officials and those with stars on their shoulders it's a celebration of a young soldier and those who loved him who made him into the man he was and who join us today his mother Janet his father Paul his brother Tim and his sister Nicole and from his grandmother Marjorie to his six-year-old niece Carice and cousins and aunts and uncles from across America more than 120 proud family and friends duty honor country service sacrifice heroism these are words of wait but as people as a people and as a culture we often invoke them lightly we toss them around freely but do we really grasp the meaning of these values do we truly understand the nature of these virtues to serve in to sacrifice Jared Monti knew the Monti family knows and they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage they were the culmination of a life of character and commitment there was Jared's compassion he was the kid at school who upon seeing a student eating lunch alone would walk over and befriend him he was the teenager who cut down a spruce tree in his yard so a single mom in town would have a Christmas tree for her children he even bought the ornaments and the presents he was the soldier in Afghanistan who received care packages including fresh clothes and gave them away to Afghan children who needed them more there was Jared's perseverance cut from the high school basketball team he came back next year and the next year and the next year three times finally making varsity and out scoring some of the top players told he was too young for the military he joined the National Guard's delayed Entry Program as a junior in high school and that summer while other kids were at the beach jared was doing drills there was Jared's strength and skill the championship wrestler and triathlete who went off to basic training just 18 years old and then served with distinction as a forward observer with the heavy responsibilities of calling in airstrikes he returned from his first tour in Afghanistan highly decorated including a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for valor and there was Jared's streak deep and abiding love for his fellow soldiers maybe it came from his mom who was a nurse maybe it came from his dad a teacher guided by the lessons he learned at home Jared became the consummate NCO the noncommissioned officer caring for his soldiers and teaching his troops he called them his boys and although obviously he was still young himself some of them called him grandpa compassion perseverance strength a love for his fellow soldiers those are the values that defined Jared Monty's life and the values he displayed in the actions that we recognize here today it was June 21st 2006 in the remotest northeast of Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan Sergeant Monti was a team leader on a 16-man patrol they'd been on the move for three days down dirt roads sloshing through rivers hiking up steep mountain trails their heavy gear on their backs moving at night and in the early morning to avoid the scorching 100 degree heat their mission to keep watch on the valley down below in advance of an operation to clear the area of militants the those who were there remember that evening on the mountain a rocky ridge not much bigger than this room some were standing guard knowing they had been spotted by a man in the valley some were passing out MREs and water there was talk of home and plans for leave Jared was overheard remembering his time serving in Korea then just before dark there was a shuffle of feet in the woods and that's when the tree line exploded in a wall of fire one member of the patrol said it was like thousands of rifles crackling bullets and heavy machine-gun fire ricocheting across the rocks rocket-propelled grenades raining down fire so intense that weapons were shot right out of their hands within minutes one soldier was killed another was wounded everyone doe for cover behind a tree a rock a stone wall this patrol of 16 men was facing a force of some 50 fighters outnumbered the risk was real they might be overrun they may might not make it out alive that's when Jared Monti did what he was trained to do with the enemy advancing so close they could hear their voices he got on his radio and started calling in artillery when the enemy tried to flank them he grabbed a gun and drove them back and when they came back again he tossed her grenade and drove them back again and when these American soldiers saw one of their own wounded lying in the open some 20 yards away exposed to the approaching enemy Jared Monti did something no amount of training can instill his patrol leader said he'd go but Jared said no he is my soldier I'm going to get him it was written long ago that the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them glory and danger alike and yet notwithstanding to go out to meet it Jared Monti saw the danger before him and he went out to meet him he handed off his radio he tightened his chinstrap and with his men providing cover Jared Rosen started to run into all those incoming bullets into all those rockets upon seeing Jared the enemy in the woods unleashed a firestorm he moved low and fast yard after yard then dove behind a stone wall a moment later he rose again and again they fired everything they had at him forcing him back faced with overwhelming enemy fire Jared could have stayed where he was behind that wall but that was not the kind of soldier Jared Monti was he embodied that Creed all soldiers strive to meet I will always place the mission first I will never accept defeat I will never quit I will never leave a fallen comrade and so for a third time heroes for a third time he ran toward his fallen comrade said his patrol leader it was the bravest thing I had ever seen a soldier do they say it was a rocket-propelled grenade that Jared made made it within a few yards of his wounded soldier they say that his final words there on that Ridge far from home were of his faith and his family I've made peace with God tell my family that I love them and then as the artillery that Jared had called in came down the enemy fire slowed then stopped the patrol had defeated the attack they had held on but not without a price by the end of the night Jared and three others including the soldier he died trying to save had given their lives I'm told that jared was a very humble guy that he would have been uncomfortable with all this attention that he'd say he was just doing his job and that he'd want to share this moment with others who were there that day and so as Jared would have wanted we also pay tribute to those who fell alongside him Staff Sergeant Patrick Lieber private first class Brian Bradford Staff Sergeant Heath Craig and we honor all the soldiers he loved and who loved him back among them noncommissioned officers who remind us why the Army has designated this the year of the NCO in honor of all those sergeants who were the backbone of America's army they are Jarrod's friends and fellow soldiers watching this ceremony today in Afghanistan they are the soldiers who this morning held their own ceremony on an Afghan Mountain at the post that now bears his name Combat Outpost Monti and they are his boys surviving members of Jarrod's Patrol from the 10th Mountain Division who are here with us today and I would ask them all to please stand like Jared these soldiers know the meaning of duty and of Honor of country like Jared they remind us all that the price of freedom is great and by their deeds they challenge every American to ask this question what can we do to be better citizens what can we do to be worthy of such service and such sacrifice sergeant 1st class Jared C Monty in his proud hometown of Raynham his name graces streets and scholarships across a grateful nation in Grace's parks and military posts from this day forward it will grace the memorials to our Medal of Honor heroes and this week when Jared Monti would have celebrated his 34th birthday we know that his name and legacy will live forever and shine brightest in the hearts of his family and friends who will love him always may God bless Jared Monti and may he comfort the entire Monti family and may God bless the United States of America Janet Paul would you please join me at the podium for the reading of the citation the President of the United States of America authorized by act of Congress March 3rd 1863 has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Jarid C Monti United States Army for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty Staff Sergeant Jarid 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 third squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division in connection with combat operations against an enemy in Nuristan province Afghanistan On June 21st 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 metres 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 patrols 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 save his fellow soldier Staff Sergeant Monty's selfless acts of heroism inspired his Patrol to fight off the larger enemy force Staff Sergeant Monty'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 third squadron 71st Calvary regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division and the United States Army you you

  • at times I wish I could take back all the bad things I said about this president.  I have watched many of the MoH ceremonies and feel he does a great job relaying the story and recognizing the situation and personnel (as far as I know).

  • I served with Sgt.1st Class Monti in the 82nd Airborne ( 3/319 Field Artillery ) .. Though he was an easy going type of guy, he was the type of Sgt that know his stuff . I was in Bravo battery while Sgt Monti was in Charlie battery , but every once in a while we would cross path and be on security detail together.. Last I saw him was the day I signed off from the battalion when I ETS in Aug of 2002 .. Sgt Monti wished me good luck.. My prayers are with you and your family. I'm gonna miss you Chief.. Airborne All The Way !!

  • I know his family very well I've met Paul his father myself, he is my best friends uncle , all of you who disrespect this are no life fucking loser and all you know about saving another's life in war is fucking call of duty


  • i hope you dont plan on being a cop afterwards they wont take you because the military trained you not them

  • there are no words to describe how much of a worthless person you are. he dies trying to save his comrades and fighting for his country and his freedom. Im happy your not going anywhere in life because i would not want to deal with your bullshit saying retarded excuses about how you wont do stuff. i hope no one else has to deal with you either you bitch

  • no need to hate on liberals bro, im liberal i have plenty of family members in the military and im signing up for the National Guard in a year…

  • I dont care who you are this lifts me up Jared C. Monti is a real hero and it makes me even prouder to be the patriot that I am, This american has not taken for granted his Freedoms thanks to Men And Women like him, God has Blessed us.

  • humpah 12 like so many consevatives likes to call names when he gets frustrated. grow up and stop name calling, its childish!

  • I was there, SFC Monti died in front of me. SFC Monti told us to tell his family he loved them. FUCK YOU if any of you are ruining SFC Monti's moment. He did everything he could. He was a great NCO. Politics has nothing to do with it. I was there. You know nothing. While Bush was enjoying a BBQ when we were dying Obama was preparing for his time as President.

  • Monti without a doubt in my mind earned this… I never met the man personally, but I have heard nothing but good things from his men in the 3/71 CAV which are good people and I am glad to have met them and it was an honor to have served with them

  • R.I.P. Jared C. Monti…

    You gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we, here in the free world, live in relative peace and harmony.

    To all servicemen of the coalition… :

    Keep strong, and know, dispite some idiots back home, that most of the people back home pary for you and your safety!

  • @xXColtsfan27Xx here comes the typical response, again, i dont blame you, and i do feel extremely sorry for the solider, he deserves to be treated like a hero, but the government and the military shouldn't. I LIVED the reality of your wars.

  • @xXColtsfan27Xx I dont blame you, its okay, you are greatly misled, hope you and your nation one wake up to the slaughters you claim in the name of peace.

  • @xXColtsfan27Xx Im not supporting an enemy or anything, but when you kill hundreds of thousands of civilians that makes you a big fucking bully that doesnt deserve any fucking respect.

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