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Mother of Medal of Honor recipient remembers son

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For Janet Monti and her family, Memorial Day takes place every day. and every single day when she flips through that scrapbook she created in honor of her son, three traits about Sgt. First Class Jared Monti emerge from those pages.

The first is found in almost every picture.

"His smile," Monti said. "He has a very sly grin. It's just that grin that you know he's up to no good."

But behind that sly grin, he was nurturing his desire to serve his country.

"His uncle Mike was in the navy, and he saw him in his dress whites," Monti said. "He just wanted it so badly that we just let him go for it.

"I knew he was going to do something wonderful," she added. "He just was that type of kid."

He did but not in the way Janet expected.

"You never think they're going to die. You never think they're going to get hurt ever because if he did, you wouldn't be able to live with it. He was just going to come back, and he didn't"

As you flip through the pages of his life, a second trait surfaces.

"Compassion for his soldiers, for the ones he trained. He cared more about them than he did himself."

Sgt. First Class Monti died June 21, 2006 when a swarm of Taliban fighters killed him as he protected his outnumbered unit.

"I wish I could have been there with him. I mean, he died alone on a mountain."
As you thumb through toward his middle school years, a third characteristic materializes.

"Jared didn't like a big fuss to be made about him," Monti said. "He did some of the artwork in the yearbook, and he hid his name in the artwork, and someone said to him, 'well nobody's going to know it was you.' He said well I will."

It was that humility and his courage that brought him the military's highest honor, the Medal of Honor.

"If he had been alive to receive the medal, he probably wouldn't show up."

A humility he clearly shared with his mother.

"There's another boy in Nuristan that was killed, and I think about that mother and I don't want her to think just because Jared got the medal, her son's death is any less important than my son's."
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