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Clarence Leon "Monty" Montgomery Jr.

Colonel Clarence Leon Montgomery, Jr. ("Monty") was born in Natchez, Mississippi on November 13, 1928, the son of Clarence Leon and Katherine Womble Montgomery and brother of Joseph Womble Montgomery. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1945. He entered the Air Force ROTC program at Louisiana State University, was a member of Sigma Chi, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History in 1949. He became an officer, served in the Korean War while stationed in Ashiya, Japan flying the C-119 "Boxcar". In 1953 Monty was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska where he flew the B-47, his favorite airplane for the newly formed Strategic Air Command. He met his first wife, Nina Margaret Ross and on July 1, 1955 they were married in Troy, Ohio. Later in Fort Worth, Texas he piloted the B-58 "Hustler", the world's first supersonic bomber, graduating from Command and Staff School. On December 27, 1961, Monty was the command pilot of the first crew to all eject without a fatality from a disabled B-58. Monty was the Program Manager for the FB-111A and in 1968 earned a Master's Degree in International Affairs while attending the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama. He served our country in the Vietnam War flying the EB-66 and in 1970 graduated from the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. In Ramstein, Germany, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff of Offensive Operations of the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force, NATO. His final assignment was at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado as Inspector General in 1975 and then Chief of Staff, where he was honorably discharged from military duty on December 31, 1979. During his distinguished career he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Combat Readiness Medal, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Award, Outstanding Unit Award, and Longevity Service Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters. Monty passed away on October 7, 2012 at the Montana Veteran's Home in Columbia Falls, Montana. He is survived by his first wife Nina, children Gwenda (Michael) Rosebush, Wesley (Arlene) Montgomery, Gina Delaney, and son-in-law John Delaney; grandchildren Clint (Kelly) Rosebush, Krista (Eric) Bogenrief, Bryce and Rose Delaney, great-grandchildren Zachariah and Oliver Rosebush, and Bridgette and Isaac Bogenrief. On July 7, 1997, he married Louise McDaniel Horne, who preceded him in death. Monty enjoyed reading, military history, movies, traveling, boating, horseback riding, cooking T-bone steaks on the grill, and following college football-especially the SEC with his beloved LSU Tigers and the Air Academy Falcons. He was a great father, mentor to numerous Air Academy Cadets and was loved by all. He will be missed. A funeral service will be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Protestant Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am followed by a gravesite service and reception celebrating his life at the Eisenhower Golf Club.

Published in The Gazette from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28, 2012
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