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 Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr

Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr

Birth
Low Moor, Alleghany County, Virginia, USA
Death 6 Jun 1944 (aged 26)
Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Section I, Row 20, Grave 12
Memorial ID 23385 · View Source
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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Killed in action near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he played football as a member of the Class of 1941. He was a 6 foot, 2 inch redhead, and well liked by his fellow students. In October 1941, he joined the Army in Richmond, Virginia, and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. A member of the 1st Infantry Division, he fought in North Africa and Sicily. In November 1943, his unit was transferred to England to prepare for the Normandy Invasion. His platoon came ashore on D-Day at Fox Green Sector of Omaha Beach. His CMOH citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. 1st Lt. 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 2 tanks were buttoned up and blind under violent enemy artillery and machine-gun fire. Completely exposed to the intense fire, 1st Lt. 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 1st Lt. Monteith and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation, 1st Lt. Monteith was killed by enemy fire. The courage, gallantry, and intrepid leadership displayed by 1st Lt. Monteith is worthy of emulation." The Medal of Honor was delivered by Brigadier General Frank Dorn on 29 March 1945 to his parents in Richmond, Virginia. In 1960, an Army Reserve Center in Richmond was named for Lieutenant Monteith, and in 1999, an outpost for the US Army in Kosovo was also named for him.


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  • Added: 25 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23385
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr (1 Jul 1917–6 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23385, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .