16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Plot I, Row 20, Grave 12
1stLt. Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. was a six-foot two-inch redhead. When America entered the war, Monteith joined the Army in Richmond, Va. and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.
As a member of the 1stInfantry Division, he saw battle in North Africa and Sicily. When his unit was transferred to England in November 1943, he began preparations for the Normandy Invasion. His platoon landed on the Fox Green Sector of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Under heavy enemy fire, Monteith, without any regard for his own personal safety, moved up and down the beach to reorganize the ranks for a further advance. Leading his men towards a narrow ledge across the flat, Monteith found the comparative safety of a cliff. Leaving his men to recoup, he returned to the beach to lead two tanks that were blinded by enemy fire through a minefield over exposed terrain into firing positions. He then rejoined his company on the cliff, and led them in the capture of an advantageous position on the hill. Attempting to hold onto the position, Monteith fought off vicious counterattacks and repeatedly crossed 200 yards of exposed terrain to strengthen his defensive chain. However, the German resistance was too strong and he was killed by enemy fire after being surrounded.
For his gallantry he received the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. An Army Reserve Center in Richmond was named after him along with an outpost for the U.S. Army in Kosovo.
Awards: Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot I, Row 20, Grave 12.