Presiliano Montoya was born in Dixon, New Mexico, in 1930, during the Great Depression. Ten days after he was born, Montoya’s family moved to Alamosa, Colorado. Press was one of nine children. At the age of 20, he enlisted just three months after getting married. As a medic in the training camps, Montoya helped save lives in important battles like the Battle of Triangle Hill and the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, which resulted in two bronze stars for Montoya.