The intersection of Columbia Road, Massaschusetts Avenue and East Cottage has been designated a Hero Square for Alberto D. Montrond.
Alberto emigrated to the United States from Cape Verde in 1996 and attended Madison Park High School, where he was enrolled in the school’s JROTC program. He enlisted in the Army in July 1998 as a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer. After completing his specialty and airborne training, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 307th Forward Support Battalion,82nd Division Support Command, 82nd Airborne Division. In June 2002, Alberto was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne), US Army Special Operations Support Command. Two years later, he was assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 7th SFG(A), where he served until his death. He was killed when the vehicle carrying him and three other soldiers hit a land mine during combat operations north of Deh Rawod, Afghanistan. Sgt. Montrond was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart. Alberto was survived by his wife and 2 children
Alberto Montrond died on February 13, 2006, at 27 years of age.