Portrait of Valor: Hero of Afghanistan Sgt. Jared Monti Wins Medal of Honor Posthumously

"The enemy was amazed he was running again. We were shooting with everything we had to give him cover. He threw a grenade and went out a third time. But this time the enemy had a bead on him. They were ready. They hit him with an RPG," said Cunningham.

Monti fell back to the wall, his legs nearly blown off his body.

"Monti told us he was good with God and to tell his family he loved them. It was pretty horrible," Cunningham said

"Within seconds of that, the artillery he called in started raining down," he said.

"Monti's selfless act of courage rallied the patrol to defeat the enemy attack," reads the Army report on the incident.

The artillery and bombs from a helicopter dispersed the fighters – 22 insurgents were killed -- but it was not until after dark that a helicopter came in to pick up the injured Bradbury and the rest of the squad.

As he was being lifted into the aircraft to be flown to a field hospital, the winch broke and Bradbury and a medic Staff Sgt. Heathe Craig, 28, from Severn, Md., both fell to their deaths.

A President's Call

Bad news traveled fast. It was At 9:45 p.m. one day and a world away from that mountain ridge when Paul Monti was at home sitting on his sofa and watching "America's Got Talent."

"There was a knock at the door. It was the front door but I thought it was the back. I opened the back door and peaked around a saw that car in the driveway. There were two men in uniform on my stoop and they started walking towards me," Paul said.

"I knew why they were there. I had dreams about that car pulling into the driveway too many times not to understand. They didn't even need to tell me."

In July, three years after his death, President Obama called Paul at home and invited him to Washington to receive his son's Medal of Honor.

"Jared never wanted medals," said Paul. "This is a great, great honor, but I'd rather my boy was still alive."

ABC News' Kristina Wong contributed to this story.

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