Monte Melkonian

Monte Melkonian was born near Fresno, California, on November 25, 1957. He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in archaeology and Asian history. Turning down scholarships for graduate study at prestigious universities, he devoted the rest of his life to defending the underprivileged and voiceless. He taught at Armenian schools in Iran and Lebanon and helped defend local Armenian communities. Monte stated many times that those who genuinely want lasting peace should be prepared to work and fight for justice.


1991 until his martyrdom in battle in the Aghdam region on June 12, 1993, he restructured Karabaghs Martouni defense forces along strong disciplined lines and led them to one victory after another. In the heat of battle, Monte demanded that the soldiers under his command respect the lives of civilians and prisoners of war.

Monte in Aghdam front 
With his characteristic cheerfulness and modesty, he earned the undying love of the civilians he defended. The people of the region have named schools, hospitals, streets and a city in honor of their national hero. 
Let's raise our hands to show the mayor 
that we want to rename martuni MONTEAPERT

The Children's Cultural Center, where young people learn traditional handicrafts. 
The Center also provides promptly need your generous tax-deductible contribution .

Monte Melkonyan hospitals

Monte posthumously was awarded Karabaghs highest honor
, the Military Cross of the First Degree.

Monte Melkonyan Picture gallery 

Monte Melkonian Fund. inc.

The Monte Melkonian Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded to continue the work of the late Armenian national hero, Monte Melkonian, by pursuing his social and educational goals in our homeland. In keeping with Montes ideals, the Fund supports projects which directly benefit residents of Martouni. These projects include:
  • Direct material aid to refugees, disabled victims of war and families of victims in the region of Martouni.

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