Sep 17, 2009
Obama "Honored to Present MoH"
Obama to present his first Medal of Honor
Awarded to soldier killed in Afghanistan while trying to save comrade
The Associated Press
updated 9:49 a.m. ET, Thurs., Sept . 17, 2009
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award his first Medal of Honor today.
The president will give the nation's highest military honor posthumously to Army Sgt. First Class Jared Monti. Monti was shot to death in the Afghan mountains in 2006 while trying for the third time to save a wounded comrade.
The White House says Monti went above and beyond the call of duty in sacrificing his own life to save another during combat.
His father, Paul Monti, told the Boston Herald that he never liked medals because he would not want to show off about the good things he did in life.
“He spent most of his life doing things for other people, even when young,” Monti was quoted as saying.
Monti was a Massachusetts native and is the second service member awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan. His parents will join the president in the East Room for today's ceremony.
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