Fallen Soldier Awarded Medal of Honor

Army sergeant perished in Afghanistan saving an injured comrade
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2009 2:08 PM CDT
Fallen Soldier Awarded Medal of Honor
President Barack Obama stands with Paul and Janet Monti as he posthumously awards their son, Army Sgt. 1st. Class Jared C. Monti, the Medal of Honor, today in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Army Sgt. Jared Monti, who died in 2006 while trying to save the life of a wounded comrade in Afghanistan, was awarded the Medal of Honor this afternoon at the White House. "Jared Monti saw the danger before him and went out to meet it," said President Obama. He presented the citation to Monti's parents, Paul and Janet, describing their son as "one in a million," the Boston Globe reports.

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Only six Medals of Honor have been awarded during the wars in Iran and Afghanistan; today's ceremony was the first during the Obama administration. Shortly before the White House ceremony, American troops in Kunar province, Afghanistan, rededicated their post in honor of their fallen comrade, Fox News reports. The Kush Mountain location will now be known as Combat Operations Post Monti. (Read more Jared Monti stories.)

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