RAYHAM — Paul Monty visited Sgt. on Veterans Day after the Taliban killed his son. Grave of First Class Jared Monty in Bourne National Cemetery.
There was no flag marking his son’s flat stone or the stones of other servicemen buried there. National regulations prohibit it.
Longtime geoscience teacher at Stoughton High School, Paul Monty, didn’t rest until he overturned the policy. It took him three years and a lot of help, but he made it through.
“He wouldn’t quit,” his sister Gene said Saturday. “He didn’t just do it for Jared. He did it for all the soldiers.”
Paul Monty died Friday at a hospice in Brockton. he was 76 years old.
The family said he would rest with his son.it’s someone else’s fault gold star parent, Denise Anderson of Mansfieldchanged the law to allow parents to be buried in military cemeteries with their adult children.
sadness inspired country songs
As news of Paul’s passing spreads among his students, veterans, active duty service members and their families, tributes are growing. It includes songwriter Connie Harrington. heard on NPR About Paul driving Jared’s black 2001 Dodge Ram to feel closer to his son.
Harrington takes that grief “Drive your truck.‘ won Song of the Year at the Country Music Awards. Reached #1 on the Billboard charts for Lee Blythe in 2013.
Posted by Bryce homage to paul To the 2.3 million people who follow his Facebook page.
“Mr. Paul drove Jared’s truck to remember his son and make him feel closer,” Bryce said. “Keep the window closed, [G]Atlardo on the floorboards, Dogtag on the rear view, he drove it proudly and, unbeknownst to him, created a song that many could relate to by sharing his story. “
hardworking and loving father
Paul Monty’s daughter Nicole uses “I Drive Your Truck” as her ringtone.
Arriving on Saturday, she coached Jared’s soccer team and described him as a good father who never missed a softball game.
“He did so much for the community and for the state of Massachusetts,” said Nicole Monty.
How did a high school geology teacher find the courage to stand up to the VA and the tenacity to fight until she won? Nicole says she learned it all from her immigrant parents. say. He grew up delivering newspapers and learned to do odd jobs. He learned it by working two, sometimes he even three jobs to supplement his teacher’s salary.
“My father grew up very poor,” she said.
Paul comes from a family of thirteen. he was his number five. Jean he was number 11.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes post your memories “Paul left us to join his son Jared in heaven,” it says.
the organization is Support the Gold Star FamilyIt is the name of a family member who lost someone during military service.
“Mr. Monty took all that pain and used that energy to do a lot to support the Gold Star family, the veterans, and Jared’s legacy.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes I started a fund for my familyface high medical costs.
Deathbed visit from Governor Charlie Baker
Tributes began before Paul died.
On Wednesday, Jean Monti informed Gov. Charlie Baker’s office that Paul was dying. The governor was due to visit on Friday, but he came to Paul’s bedside on Thursday and was warned he wouldn’t live much longer, according to his sister, who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma and I was in heart failure.
“He knelt down next to my brother and was like, ‘Wow,'” Jean said. “He didn’t come as a politician, he came as a friend.”
Jared’s extended family had coins minted in his honor. The family gave it to Baker a year ago, and the governor keeps it in his pocket, Jean said.
You can’t go far in Rainham without seeing a tribute to Jared Monty.I have playground, American Legion function room and bridge.
Raynham’s select man, Joe Pacheco, believes Paul’s greatest contribution has been to not only put our military and women’s sacrifices on the front lines, but to keep them there.
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Mikayla BrittA former veteran service officer at Raynham, she quickly became acquainted with Paul Monty when he landed the job.
“Paul is very reserved and doesn’t like to talk about himself too much,” Britt said Saturday. “He wants people to know about Jared.”
The whole country knows Jared.President Barack Obama gave Jared a posthumous gift medal of honor To Paul and Janet Monty 2009 White House ceremonyJared’s story is “outpostin a book by CNN anchor Jake Tupper, made into a movie. a deeply reported accounts Appeared in Atlantic magazine.
of official quote I will describe the actions that brought him the country’s highest military honor.
Jared Monty was a forward target scout on his second tour of Afghanistan when Taliban fighters attacked his unit’s position atop Hill 2610.
Staff Sergeant Monty, while continuing to fire, engaged the enemy with rifles and grenades and successfully thwarted an attempt to flank the patrol. Staff Sergeant Monty found one of his soldiers lying wounded on the open ground between the advancing enemy. and patrol positions.
With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Monty twice attempted to move in the face of relentless enemy fire from behind rock cover to rescue his fallen comrades. Determined not to leave his men, Staff Sergeant Monty made his third attempt to cross the open terrain under heavy enemy fire. In this last attempt he was mortally wounded and sacrificed his own life to save his fellow soldiers. “
“He just had a way with him”
Britt recalls that Paul Monty brought him a lucky bamboo plant on his first day at work. It was the act of a man who knew to push her to do what was best for Raynham’s vet.
“He touched the lives of so many people, from little children, Cub Scouts and flag-bearing Girl Scouts, to governors and so many elected officials.” I was with him.”
At press time, the family is making funeral arrangements and the wake will be held at Chapman Funeral and Cremation Funeral Mass will be held at Bridgewater on Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm. St. Anne’s Church Not yet scheduled for West Bridgewater.
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This article originally appeared in The Enterprise. Raynham: Paul, father of Medal of Honor winner Jared Monti, dies