Profiles of valor: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Montoya

During the Battle for Baghdad in April 2003, United States Marine Corps Sgt. Scott Montoya was serving as a Scout Sniper, Scout Sniper Platoon, 2d Battalion, 23d Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. At one point, enemy fire had Montoya’s sniper team pinned down, and he directed his team to return fire while he ran into an open roadway to rescue an Iraqi civilian trapped in a vehicle. Montoya spotted a wounded Marine on the same roadway and led him to safety, and then another wounded Marine, and then another, who was unconscious, and then a fourth, all while shooting at the enemy with his free hand. Later, when Montoya was asked how many bullets went by him as he rescued four fellow Marines, he answered, “About 300.” He added, “I saw a hurt Marine and all my training came into play. It wasn’t a cognitive thing; I just saw the situation and cared for my Marines.” For his “extraordinary heroism,” Sgt. Montoya was awarded the U.S. military’s second-highest honor, the Navy Cross.

Well done Marine.

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8 Responses to “Profiles of valor: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Montoya”

  1. tonydowning Says:

    This man deserves all the accolades we have to give. Thanks to the Marines, and thanks to all the branches of our military, we’re free. What a story! It’s inspiring for the courage and for the selflessness both.

  2. Patrick Sperry Says:

    So very true Tony.

  3. Gunny G Says:

    Semper Fidelis

    Dick Gaines
    AKA: Gunny G

  4. Patrick Sperry Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Guns.

    Semper Fi!

  5. KMF Says:

    Marine Sgt. Montoya’s actions is the true definition of courage! Being able to put your fear aside and get the job done!

    A true Leatherneck!



  6. Patrick Sperry Says:

    And so few realize that KMF.

  7. George Rosado Says:

    Funny….I have over 25 witnesses that say Montoya never did any of these things.
    SECNAV signed the citation without a full investigation. This guy a joke and many Marines and Corpsman who really did this remain sickened by him.

  8. Patrick Sperry Says:

    Well George? Then get them all together, and get the citation pulled. It can be done, because I saw it happen when I was a kid. That was more along the lines of John Kerry (spits) that wrote his own ticket or something along those lines.

    I can only go by what has been reported, and until your allegations are substantiated the post will remain online.

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