Oscar Montague King (1910 - 1994)

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Oscar Montague King (1910-1994)

Oscar Montague King was 84 years of age when he passed in Volusia County, Florida, on August 19, 1994.
Born February 3, 1910 in Savannah, Georgia to parents Percival M. King and Henrietta Dukes King. He married Dorothea Kinsey King, August 9, 1926 in Binghamton, N.Y., with whom they had one son, Harrison Gilmore King. Later known as Mrs. A.W. Peterson, she preceded him in death June 13, 1948. He married Aleta Davis Patty March 10 of 1948. She died after an extended illness December 12, 1957. Oscar and his third wife, Sandra (Sadie) Graham made their home in Thunderbolt, Ga. After their marriage June 2, 1967. Estranged and divorced for a time, they remarried May 5 1988 in Volusia County Florida. Oscar King was a licensed pharmacist with his grandfather, R.J. Dukes Pharmacy on W. Congress Street in Savannah. He was employed later as a pharmacist with several other firms in the Savannah area. His license was issued prior to 1933 and expired in 1988. During World War II, O.M. King enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served as the Chief Pharmacist's Mate aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413. He is mentioned several times in the book "For Crew and Country" which documents the fierce battle of Leyte Gulf October 25, 1944 in the Pacific Theatre. He was one of the last crew members to leave the sinking ship, tending to the wounded before being shipwrecked for three days in shark infested waters with other survivors. He was awarded the Bronze Star, was entitled to wear the combat "V" and his task unit was presented the Presidential Unit Citation.
He is remembered by his sister-in-law, Belle "Patty" King; grandchildren Robert Perry King, Kenneth Michael King (dec.), Susan Sensano and Dana Fisher. Also, nephew Robert D. King, Nieces Virginia K. Boatright, Carole K. Henry, and Carol C. Bradshaw. He is predeceased by siblings Robert Percival King, Hugh Noyes King and Duncan Rice King.
Graveside Service will take place 11 a.m. Aug 15. at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga. His cremains will be interred with Navy Honors.
Published in Coastal Courier from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16, 2018
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