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Obama honors soldier killed in battle

September 18, 2009

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— President Barack Obama on Thursday praised a U.S. soldier who three times left cover for an attempted rescue while Taliban bullets and grenades rained around him, ultimately losing his own life while trying to save his comrade on an Afghan battlefield.

A somber Obama, standing just feet from Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti’s parents, told a White House audience that the 30-year-old soldier’s sacrifice should give Americans pause when they throw around words such as duty, honor, sacrifice and heroism.

“Do we really grasp the meaning of these values? Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues, to serve and to sacrifice?” Obama asked. “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.”

Presenting his first Medal of Honor, Obama lavished praise on the soldier from Raynham, Mass., who was leading a scouting mission along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan when a helicopter deployed to resupply the patrol blew their cover.

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Shane Garrett 4 years, 11 months ago

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." - General George S. Patton, Jr

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Alia Ahmed 4 years, 11 months ago

Wallythewalrus (Anonymous) says…

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” - General George S. Patton, Jr

Wally, I bet this brave young soldier's family would disagree with your assertion that they, the president and the rest of us are foolish and wrong to mourn a life cut short serving his country and trying to save his fellow soldiers' lives.

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