Mass’s sire Gold Star. who inspired ‘I Drive Your Truck’ dies at 76

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A Massachusetts man and father of a fallen U.S. soldier whose story inspired an award-winning, chart-topping country music song has died. Paul Monti, of Raynham, died on Friday aged 76 while surrounded by many family members and close friends, according to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes – an organization that aims to honor fallen soldiers, to support Gold Star families and empower veterans. On a page for the new Paul Monti Family Fund, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said Monti had been diagnosed with stage 3 mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. “Paul touched the lives of so many with his generosity, love and endless spirit. He relentlessly and successfully pursued a life of helping others, being a role model and leading by example. He will be forever missed,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post. Monti was the father of US Army Sgt. First Class Jared Monti, who was killed in action June 21, 2006, while serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan.Sgt. Jared Monti, 30, died after repeatedly encountering enemy fire while trying to rescue a wounded soldier. 5 in August 2021. “My son was an incredible humanitarian. He gave and he gave and he gave. In the end, he gave his life.” sergeant. Jared Monti was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in September 2009. Paul Monti accepted the medal, the highest US military decoration for gallantry, on behalf of his son. While visiting his son’s grave on the first Veterans Day after his death, Paul Monti noticed that there were no American flags placed on his son’s grave or any of the graves in the National Cemetery. from Massachusetts to Bourne. Monti learned that flags at gravesites would interfere with the upkeep of the grounds, which inspired him to get the policy changed and started Operation Flags for Vets – an organization that places tens of thousands of flags at graves in the Massachusetts National Cemetery each Memorial Day and Veterans Day. At the first Operation Flags for Vets event on Memorial Day 2011, Monti revealed in an interview with NPR that he always drove his son’s van to remember him. Nashville songwriter Connie Harrington heard the interview on “Here and Now” and was inspired to write the song “I Drive Your Truck.” The song, co-written by Jessi Alexander and Jimmy Yeary, was recorded by country artist Lee Brice in 2012. (CMA) for Song of the Year, as well as the 2014 Country Music Academy Award ( ACM) for Song of the Year. “Mr. Paul drove Jared’s truck to remember his son and feel closer to him. With the windows down, Gatorade on the floor, dog tags in the rearview mirror, he drove it proudly and unbeknownst to him, created a song that so many people could relate to by sharing his story,” Lee Brice wrote on Facebook. “Songwriters Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary heard that story and brought ‘I Drive Your Truck’ to life, which to this day has touched so many lives. I’ve been blessed to sing it since 2012 and I look forward to representing your family with all of our military service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. God’s Speed.” Paul Monti also served as a science teacher at Stoughton High School from 1970 until his retirement in June 2005. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes shared that memorial services for Monti have yet to be finalized. The organization has set up a fundraising page for her family to help with the costs she has faced over the past few months. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said 100% of all funds raised will be transferred to the Monti family directly through the SFC Jared C. Monti Trust. Click here to donate to the Paul Monti Family Fund.

A Massachusetts man and father of a fallen US soldier whose story inspired an award-winning, chart-topping country music song has died.

Paul Monti, of Raynham, died on Friday aged 76 while surrounded by many family members and close friends, according to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes – an organization that aims to honor fallen soldiers , supporting Gold Star families and empowering veterans.

On a page for the new Paul Monti Family Fund, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said Monti had been diagnosed with stage 3 mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer.

“Paul touched the lives of so many with his generosity, love and endless spirit. He relentlessly and successfully pursued a life of helping others, being a role model and leading by example. He will be forever missed,” the organization wrote. in a Facebook post.

Monti was the father of US Army Sgt. First Class Jared Monti, killed in action June 21, 2006, while serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan.

sergeant. Jared Monti, 30, died after repeatedly encountering enemy fire while trying to rescue an injured soldier.

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U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jared Monti, of Raynham, Massachusetts, was killed in action June 21, 2006 while serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan.

“He came out the third time and that’s when he got hit with the (rocket-propelled grenade) and killed,” Paul Monti told NewsCenter 5 in August 2021. “My son was a incredible humanitarian. He gave and he gave and he gave. In the end, he gave his life.”

sergeant. Jared Monti was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in September 2009. Paul Monti accepted the medal, the highest US military decoration for gallantry, on behalf of his son.

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Paul Monti, father of Army Sgt. 1st. Class Jared C.Monti  x20;of Raynham, Mass.  , Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Paul Monti, father of Army Sgt. 1st. Class Jared C. Monti of Raynham, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

While visiting his son’s grave on the first Veterans Day after his death, Paul Monti noticed that there was no American flag placed on his son’s grave or any of the graves in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne .

Monti was told that flags at gravesites would interfere with the upkeep of the grounds, which inspired him to change the policy and launch Operation Flags for Vets – an organization that places tens of thousands of flags at graves in the Massachusetts National Cemetery each Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

At the first Operation Flags for Vets event on Memorial Day 2011, Monti revealed in an interview with NPR that he always drove his son’s van to remember him. Nashville songwriter Connie Harrington heard the interview on “Here and Now” and was inspired to write the song “I Drive Your Truck.” The song, co-written by Jessi Alexander and Jimmy Yeary, was recorded by country artist Lee Brice in 2012.

“I Drive Your Truck” soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts in April 2013 and won the 2013 Country Music Association (CMA) award for Song of the Year, as well as the 2014 Song of the Year award. Academy of Country Music (ACM). for song of the year.

“Mr. Paul drove Jared’s truck to remember his son and feel closer to him. With the windows down, Gatorade on the floor, dog tags in the rearview mirror, he drove it proudly and unbeknownst to him, created a song that so many people could relate to by sharing his story,” Lee Brice wrote on Facebook. “Songwriters Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary heard that story and brought ‘I Drive Your Truck’ to life, which to this day has touched so many lives. I’ve been blessed to sing it since 2012 and I look forward to representing your family and all of our military service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice God’s Speed.

Paul Monti, of Raynham, Massachusetts, stands near the truck that belonged to his late son, US Army Sgt.  First Class Jared Monti, who was killed in action in Afghanistan June 21, 2006. Monti s continued to drive his son's truck after his death, a story that inspired the hit country song

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Paul Monti, of Raynham, Massachusetts, stands by the truck that belonged to his late son, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jared Monti, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. Monti continued to drive his son’s truck after his death, a story that inspired the hit country song “I Drive Your Truck”.

Paul Monti was also a science teacher at Stoughton High School from 1970 until his retirement in June 2005.

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes shared that memorial services for Monti have yet to be finalized. The organization has set up a fundraising page for her family to help with the costs she has faced over the past few months. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said 100% of all funds raised will be transferred to the Monti family directly through the SFC Jared C. Monti Trust.

Click here to donate to the Paul Monti Family Fund.

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