Jared C. Monti
Sgt. 1st Class, Headquarters Company, 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army. Awarded for actions in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.
June 21, 2006
Born September 20, 1975, in Abington, MA, Jared Monti entered service at Raytham, MA, in March 1993. He trained as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. A fire support specialist, he was injured in Kosovo, rejected a medical discharge and reenlisted to deploy with his unit to Afghanistan in 2006 with Task Force Spartan.
Monti was the assistant leader of a 16-man patrol and leader of a weapons forward observer team gathering intelligence in Nuristan Province in northeastern Afghanistan. The team, supporting a larger Army operation in the valley below, ran low on provisions. Their position was revealed when a helicopter brought supplies; the attack that followed is recounted in the citation below.
Citation: Staff Sergeant Jared 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, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 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 meters 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 patrol’s 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 to save his fellow Soldier. Staff Sergeant Monti’s selfless acts of heroism inspired his patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. Staff Sergeant Monti’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, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army.