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COMMAND SGT. MAJ. (RET.) MANUEL "SARGE" P. MONEZ JR. - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Manuel "Sarge" P. Monez Jr., 89, of Indian Land, S.C., formally of Northfield, Vt., passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013, in Hospice and Community Care in Rock Hill, S.C., after a short illness. Sarge was born on May 9, 1924, in Providence, R.I., a son of the late Manuel P. and Ethel (Mullen) Monez. A career military man, Sarge served his country for 30 years in the United States Army. He enlisted in 1942, serving in the South Pacific and European Theaters in W.W.II. He also served in the 3rd Infantry Division during the Korean War, and two tours of duty in Vietnam, serving in the 1st Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division, along with tours of duty in the Philippines, Germany and Japan. Sarge received many awards for his service to his country. He received the Bronze Star for valor with 3 Oak Clusters, two Purple Hearts, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Korean Service Medal, and many more, but his most prized award was having earned the Combat Infantry Badge, twice. His last four years in the U.S. Army Sarge taught ROTC to cadets at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. After retiring from the military, Sarge stayed on at Norwich as Sergeant of Arms until his retirement, making Northfield his home. Sarge was an avid baseball and football fan, routing for his beloved Boston Red Sox's and New England Patriots. Sarge is survived by three sons, Jeff Monez of Camilla, Ga., Hal Monez and wife, Gretchen, of North Granville, N.Y., and Kenneth Monez of Cornelius, N.C.; three daughters, Rema Perras and husband, David, of Windermere, Fla., Stacie Masterbone and husband, Fran, of Indian Land, S.C., and Jennifer Monez of Northfield, Vt.; nine grandchildren, Michellyn, Taylor, and Whitney Perras; Jasmine, Cameron, Brendon, Kiara and Lauren Monez; and Brandon Phillips-Monez; one great-grandson, Nickolas Poulin; brothers, James Monez of North Kingston, R.I., and William Monez of Johnston, R.I.; sister, Jane Smith of Carrollton, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Sarge was predeceased by his son, Cyril Monez, who served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corp; and sister, Doris Branen. A memorial service and remembrance for CSM Manuel P. Monez will be at Norwich University, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, in the Milano Ball Room, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013. Full military burial with honors will be held at the VA National Cemetery in Randolph, Vt., at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 5851, Topeka, KS 66675; or the Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 12, 2013
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