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Old 09-17-2009, 09:59 AM   #14
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Montiís parents, Paul Monti of Raynham, Mass., and Janet Monti, of Winterville, N.C., will join President Barack Obama at 2:05 p.m. in the East Room of the White House for the ceremony


Sgt. 1st Class Monti, 30, was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, when he was killed in Afghanistan.

He was a staff sergeant at the time of the engagement in Afghanistan and was the assistant leader for a 16-man patrol tasked with conducting surveillance in the Gowardesh region in Nuristan province.

The soldiersí mission was to provide current intelligence, interdict enemy movement and ensure early warning for the squadronís main effort as it moved into the province.

As nightfall approached, the patrol was attacked by a well-organized enemy force of at least 60 personnel. Outnumbered four to one, Montiís patrol was in danger of being overrun because enemy fighters had established two support-by-fire positions directly above the patrol in a densely wooded ridgeline, the article said.

Monti immediately returned fire and ordered the patrol to seek cover and return fire. He then reached for his radio headset and calmly made calls for indirect fire and close-air support, both dangerously close to the patrolís position. He did this while simultaneously directing the patrolís fires.

When he realized that a member of the patrol, Pfc. Brian J. Bradbury, had been critically wounded and was exposed 10 meters from cover, Monti advanced through enemy fire to within three feet of Bradburyís position. He was forced back by intense fire from rocket-propelled grenades; he tried again but was again forced back. On the third try, the remaining soldiers coordinated cover fires, but this time, after only a few steps, Monti was cut down and mortally wounded by an RPG.

Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert was also killed in the attack, and Bradbury died with medic Staff Sgt. Heathe Craig when the helicopter hoist that was lifting them to the aircraft near the attack site broke.


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