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September 17th, 2009
09:48 AM ET

"Immeasurable Courage" in Afghanistan

An Army Staff Sergeant who died trying to save a wounded comrade will receive the Medal of Honor today posthumously from President Obama. Staff Sgt. Jared Monti – whom the Army has posthumously promoted to sergeant first class – died June 21, 2006. Read more details in our story here. Josh Levs reports this morning that the Army has created a new Web site taking visitors inside the “battlescape” of that day’s events, tracing through Monti’s heroism. Here’s the link and the report:

http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/monti/index.html

Here is CNN’s list all of the U.S. and Coalition casualties in Afghanistan:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2004/oef.casualties/

And in Iraq:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/2009.09.html


Filed under: Heidi Collins • Josh Levs
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Denise Willey

    I want the PRESS to impress upon the American people and keep repeating the HORRENDOUS EXPENSE OF THE WAR , it reminds me of the Vietnam War , I think we should get OUT and put the money into medical care and Social Security.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  2. rich sottilaro

    Too bad about another innocent American soldier dead!! We need to ask at what cost and how many more young and old people need to die because of lies by the Bush administration. I am applaud that any of these people had to die at all. We have the most military hardware of any country in the world and our soldiers are dying because of an IED or RPG. Where are all the combat planes in these fights. I think they are sitting on a tarmac somewhere not doing anything to help in the fight.
    Why are we fighting gun to gun instead of using the military might and hardware we already have. Let us not forget the 100,000 Iraqi's dead for what cause. They don't want us there they say it over and over again!! Now even in Afghanistan we have the same situation. Get out today and fight the enemy around the world where the operate. They may be concentrated in Afghanistan or Iraq they are world wide. They will stop at nothing to fight us and never will. Afghanistan is going to become another Vietnam. Wars going nowhere and costs Trillions of dollars to this day and going forward. So I am against these wars as I was 8 years ago (based on lies) killing innocent people and leaving devastation in it's wake. When are we going to win this war by diplomatic means the only option to end it!! When and how long do we have to waste money and lives......how long??????

    rich

    September 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  3. Charles Kopack

    It has been said that 'no great love does a man have than to lay down his life for his brother'. This brave man proved it. Popular or unpopular we should always honor our fallen brothers.

    September 18, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  4. Rick Parker

    My deepest empathy is with his family. You were blessed with a member of your family who did was he was called to do...God's will.
    He served and now we bow our heads in deep respect for him.

    September 18, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  5. Ann

    Hello Heidi,
    I would like to say this to your news editor, but I did not find a link for him/her.
    I believe the news media is fanning the fire of racism in the United States.
    When the incident happened during President Obama's speech, the news reporters and others immediately speculated whether or not this was a racially-backed comment.
    If the subject had been left alone, it would have died out naturally. But as of today, 9/20, the speculation of racial slurs is still being debated.
    The news media needs to report FACTS, and not speculate and blow incidents out of proportion.

    September 20, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  6. Sue Stevenson

    You announced the other day the high percentage of Americans who don't believe what Journalists are reporting with the improving economy.
    We don't. We know who owns the media.
    Do you know the Federal Reserve is a privately owned entity and reports to no one? They own the media. We know everything is filtered through them and you are not able to share what the true story is when you learn the deep truth.
    It used to be for the people by the people and if the people didn't like what they were doing, the people could toss them out. Now it takes an act of Congress to get rid of scum who supposedly is representing the people!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  7. Larry Wendel

    I am involved in getting the truth. It seems that some cable channels are right, or left....I would like to see some just give us the facts. With your recent debate, Robert was allowed to talk and interupt and I couldn't get all the lady was trying to say. Please keep you personal views out of it. It seems to me you are on Robert's side. You are a reporter keep netural.....Please. Be fair to both sides.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  8. jeff lewis

    I'm sure it was an innocent oversight, but another notable American winner of the prestigious Nobel Peace Price was Ralph Bunche in 1950, Professor at Harvard University and the first man of color to win the award

    October 9, 2009 at 9:17 am |