Monday, October 24, 2011

Medal of Honor Monday: Jimmie W. Monteith Jr.

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, while serving with 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. First Lieutenant Monteith landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of France under heavy enemy fire.  Without regard to his own personal safety he continually moved up and down the beach reorganizing men for further assault.  He then led the assault over a narrow protective ledge and across the flat, exposed terrain to the comparative safety of a cliff.  Retracing his steps across the field to the beach, he moved over to where two tanks were buttoned up and blind under violent enemy artillery and machine gun fire.  Completely exposed to the intense fire, First Lieutenant Monteith led the tanks on foot through a minefield and into firing positions.  Under his direction several enemy positions were destroyed.  He then rejoined his company and under his leadership his men captured an advantageous position on the hill.  Supervising the defense of his newly won position against repeated vicious counterattacks, he continued to ignore his own personal safety, repeatedly crossing the 200 or 300 yards of open terrain under heavy fire to strengthen links in his defensive chain.  When the enemy succeeded in completely surrounding First Lieutenant Monteith and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation, First Lieutenant Monteith was killed by enemy fire.  The courage, gallantry, and intrepid leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Monteith is worthy of emulation." 

From 1st Lt. Monteith's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on March 29, 1945.
May you be at peace,
Camp Monteith is a U.S. military base named in honor of Jimmie Monteith, located in Gnjilane, Kosovo
Monteith Hall at Virginia Tech. Virginia.

Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. Amphitheater, Fort McClellan, Alabama
Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. Barracks, Furth, Germany.  
Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. Army Reserve Center, McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital.

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