Monte Melkonian

National Hero of Armenia

Monte Melkonian (born November 25, 1957June 12, 1993) was a well-known Armenian military commander in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. He is largely known for major military victories against Azerbaijan from the late autumn of 1992, . Melkonian had no prior service record in any country's army before being placed in command of an estimated 4,000 men in the war. He had largely built his military education beginning from the late 1970s and 1980s where he fought against the various splintering factions in the Lebanese Civil War, against Israeli troops in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and was a member of the Armenian guerrilla organization ASALA.

Monte Melkonian
Monte Melkonian on an Armenian postal stamp
AllegianceRepublic of Armenia
Years of service1979-1993
RankShtapee Pet or Lieutenant Colonel
Commands heldMartuni Detachment
Battles/wars1979 Iranian Revolution
Lebanese Civil War
1982 Lebanon War
Nagorno-Karabakh War
Other workMemoirs: The Right to Struggle, selected writings printed after his death in 1993.

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