Fresno-Born Karabakh Commander Dies on Battlefield : Caucasus: Monte Melkonian is mourned as ‘hero No. 1’ of the war. The longtime soldier and Armenian activist was 36.

STEPANAKERT, Armenia — An Armenian-American militant who had risen to command a regiment in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh was killed on the battlefield Saturday, officials here said Monday. Monte Melkonian, born 36 years ago in Fresno, was shot by Azerbaijani troops in an armored personnel carrier as he toured a combat area by jeep, […]

Liberator soldier: Monte Melkonian never considered possibility of retreat

Even lack of military education didn’t prevent Monte Melkonian from proving to be an excellent commander, according to Karabakh war hero, Major General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan. As the legendary Commandos told a news conference organised in commemoration of 19th death anniversary of Armenia’s National Hero Monte Melkonian, he met Melkonian in February 1992, when in search […]

Monte Melkonian: “Reality is Often Bitter”

01:36, November 25, 2012 Here are some excerpts of letters written by Monte Melkonian to his wife Seta. In light of current issues in Armenia and Diaspora once again I ponder about Monte’s timeless thoughts. Here are just a few…(S.M.) “I wrote that I was very eager to talk with you in depth about our people’s situation […]