Private Joseph J. Monte

Private Joseph J. Monte (1888-1935)

Joseph J. Monte aka Jose Jaime Monteiro was born in Fogo, Cabo Verde on
November 25, 1888. He immigrated to the United States in September of 1900
and became a United States citizen on May 5, 1919. He enlisted in the United
States Army on March 19, 1918 during World War I and was assigned to Company
H with the 307 th Infantry Regiment. During the War, Private Monte participated in
the Oise-Aisne Offensive and the Baccarat and Vesle Defensive. He was wounded
on July 5 at the battle of Alsace Lorraine and despite being wounded, he
continued at the Battle of Fismes where he was seriously wounded. Pvt. Monte
was taken as prisoner of war to Anhault-Zerbst, Germany where he was held until
his release in December 1918. Upon his release, he was hospitalized in England
and when he returned to the United States he was Honorably discharged on May
22, 1919. In January of 1935, Veteran Joseph J. Monte was awarded the Purple
Heart, the first known Cape Verdean American. He died on March 26, 1935 and is
buried in Saint John’s Cemetery, New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1938, the City of
New Bedford honored him with the naming of Joseph J. Monte Playground, on
the site of the former Vocational High School.

Carl J. Cruz , New Bedford Historical Society

Private Monte WW1 Honor

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