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Monteith, Jimmie W., Jr., 1919-1944


Biographical Note

Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. was born in Lowmoor, VA in 1919 and raised in Richmond, VA. Monteith graduated from Virginia Tech in 1941 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Shortly after graduating, Monteith enlisted in the army and attended one of the first officer training programs at Fort Benning. Assigned to the First Infantry Division, Jimmie Monteith and the 16th regiment hit Omaha Beach on D-day at Normandy, France. In charge of 51 men, Monteith guided his troops through the barbed wire and mines that littered the beach under heavy fire from the Germans. After getting his men into position, Monteith went back down the beach and lead two tanks through the mine field and directed them to take out two German machine gun nests. After continuing the assault, Monteith was caught in the crossfire and killed. Less than a year later, his mother accepted the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. A reserve training center in Richmond, VA and an amphitheater in Alabama were both named in his honor. Virginia Tech named a dormitory building after him.

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Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr., Collection

Identifier: Ms-1990-062
Abstract Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr. (1919-1944) was a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army during World War II. He served his country bravely and was killed on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion of 1944. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Collection consists primarily of his letters home during World War II. Also includes letters of condolence sent to the family following his death, congratulatory letters for being awarded the Medal of Honor, newspaper clippings, and...
Dates: 1933 - 1997