National Hero of Armenia, Hero of Artsakh Monte Melkonian would turn 64 today. Monte was a thinker and a writer, as well as a man of deeds, not afraid to speak the truth, as he saw it. Monte Melkonian was born in California’s San Joaquin Valley on November 25, 1957. A trained archaeologist who spoke eight languages, he spent his entire adult life working for justice and defending Armenians in Iran, Lebanon, and Armenia. Melkonian was known as Avo to the troops under his command in Artsakh. The last years of his life were spent fighting with the Artsakh Defense Army. Monte was killed in the abandoned village of Merzili in the early afternoon of June 12, 1993 during the Battle of Aghdam. After death he was awarded the highest military honors of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia, including the Military Cross, First Degree and the Golden Eagle medal.
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