See You on the High Ground by Len Sandler
Deliberately exposing himself to machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Jared Monti sacrificed himself attempting, not once but three times, to rescue one of his squad members from the “kill zone” after his patrol came under attack by insurgents on a mountain in Afghanistan. He declared, “He’s my guy. I’m going to get him.” In doing so, Jared was able to protect the rest of the unit by drawing fire away from them and buy time for air support to arrive. After suffering a direct hit from an RPG, the 30-year-old SFC recited the Lord’s Prayer as he lay dying. His last words were, “I’ve made peace with God. Tell my family I love them.”
Songwriter Connie Harrington heard a radio interview with Jared’s father, Paul Monti, that inspired “I Drive Your Truck”, which became the #1 country song in America.
Jared was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 17, 2009. Jared died a heroic death, but more importantly, lived a heroic life. This is the story of that life.