By Gary Montgomery
Monty (G.G.) Montgomery finished his tour of duty and service in this earthly life on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Palo Pinto General Hospital at the age of 81. He was born Jan, 18, 1931, in Barton Chapel (Jacksboro, Texas). His battle with heart problems and kidney cancer came to an end after a long struggle. Services were conducted at the North Oak Church of Christ on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. with burial at the Finis Community Cemetery with military honors.
At the early age of 9, he stepped forward to help his father and mother during those post depression years as a young boy washing dishes at a local cafe. When oil field jobs moved the family to Graham in 1942 when he was 12, he worked in cafes (including the Baker Hotel), at the local picture show as a projectionist, and for Bruce Brother's service station until his graduation from Graham High School in 1948 where he was honored as a member of Boy's State his senior year.
His father, B.E. Montgomery, died in a car accident when the oil drilling crew was returning home in 1947, and he thus became his mother Edna's mainstay at 16 years of age. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force with two goals in mind. One, to pursue a dream for more education as an aggressive learner, and then to provide any financial support possible for a widowed mother with three siblings to rear in those years following World War II. A monthly allotment from his salary would sustain mother and three siblings in critical years following his father's death.
Monty began a military career spanning almost 25 years at San Antonio to train as a radio communications operator and technician. At Biloxi, Miss., he graduated in the top two of his class and at the age of 20 was immediately assigned as an instructor for the next incoming class due to his aptitude and academic skills. After his training followed by a couple of years as an instructor, the Korean conflict erupted and Monty was sent to Korea where he served as communications officer for 102 missions before returning home.