Captain Monte Durante is the commander of Fox Company in Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault.
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Monte grew up a bit too talented for his own good. Bored by the challenges put to him in his youth, he became somewhat of a town terror before finally joining the military when out of school. His family hoped that service would provide the challenge and structure needed to temper him. He took to his new life with gusto and excelled as a soldier, however, he rallied against the strict structure it forces, feeling it didn't allow for the adaptability and versatility required to get the job done right.
After hearing of the British Commandos, Monte became very interested in their structure. He felt that the small elite groups of infantry were able to show the type of flexibility required to carry out their tasks properly, and was attracted by the type of missions they undertook. So, after learning of the US plans to create a smiliar force in the Rangers, Monte immediately began working towards becoming an officer in preperation. By 1943 he had gained his commission and joined the 5th Battalion. Though he missed the initial D-Day landings and the Battle for Brest while taking his officer training, he's now joined the 5th Battalion in Belgium.
Though command tempers him somewhat, Monte has retained his rebellious streak and fiery personality. He is not one for formalities and doesn't think much of playing things "by the book."