Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Monteiths in:
 • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
 • Colleville-sur-Mer
 • Departement du Calvados
 • Basse-Normandie
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr
Birth: Jul. 1, 1917
Low Moor
Alleghany County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1944
Basse-Normandie, France

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Killed in action near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he played football as a member of the Class of 1941. He was a 6 foot, 2 inch redhead, and well liked by his fellow students. In October 1941, he joined the Army in Richmond, Virginia, and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. A member of the 1st Infantry Division, he fought in North Africa and Sicily. In November 1943, his unit was transferred to England to prepare for the Normandy Invasion. His platoon came ashore on D-Day at Fox Green Sector of Omaha Beach. His CMOH citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. 1st Lt. Monteith landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of France under heavy enemy fire. Without regard to his own personal safety he continually moved up and down the beach reorganizing men for further assault. He then led the assault over a narrow protective ledge and across the flat, exposed terrain to the comparative safety of a cliff. Retracing his steps across the field to the beach, he moved over to where 2 tanks were buttoned up and blind under violent enemy artillery and machine-gun fire. Completely exposed to the intense fire, 1st Lt. Monteith led the tanks on foot through a minefield and into firing positions. Under his direction several enemy positions were destroyed. He then rejoined his company and under his leadership his men captured an advantageous position on the hill. Supervising the defense of his newly won position against repeated vicious counterattacks, he continued to ignore his own personal safety, repeatedly crossing the 200 or 300 yards of open terrain under heavy fire to strengthen links in his defensive chain. When the enemy succeeded in completely surrounding 1st Lt. Monteith and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation, 1st Lt. Monteith was killed by enemy fire. The courage, gallantry, and intrepid leadership displayed by 1st Lt. Monteith is worthy of emulation." The Medal of Honor was delivered by Brigadier General Frank Dorn on 29 March 1945 to his parents in Richmond, Virginia. In 1960, an Army Reserve Center in Richmond was named for Lieutenant Monteith, and in 1999, an outpost for the US Army in Kosovo was also named for him.  
Family links: 
  Jimmie Watters Monteith (1885 - 1942)
  Caroline Lewis Weaver Monteith (1885 - 1963)
  Nancy R. Monteith Wood (1909 - 1987)*
  Robert Palmer Monteith (1912 - 1954)*
  Jimmie W. Monteith (1917 - 1944)
  Jimmie Watters Monteith (1917 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
Plot: Section I, Row 20, Grave 12
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 25, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 23385
Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr
Added by: Wim Soer
Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Jimmie, your intrepid actions and ultimate sacrifice on Omaha Beach helped save the world from tyranny. All Americans should read your CMOH citation and never forget what the Greatest Generation did for World Freedom. You exemplify the soldier code of "Du...(Read more)
- Juliet Wills
 Added: Aug. 24, 2017

- Jill
 Added: Jul. 1, 2017
- Ceme-Terry Photographer
 Added: Jun. 13, 2017
There are 234 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 68 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service