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Jack Cleveland Montgomery



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Fort Gibson National Cemetery

Born:  July 23, 1917 at Long, OK

Entered Service in the US Army from Sallisaw, OK

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 22, 1944 at Padiglione, Italy

Died:  June 11, 2002 at the age of 85

Before daybreak a strong force of enemy infantry established themselves in echelons at 50, 100, and 300 yards, in front of the rifle platoons commanded by First Lieutenant Montgomery. Seizing an M-1 rifle and hand grenades, he crawled up a ditch and climbing boldly onto a mound, fired his rifle and threw his grenades killing eight of the enemy and capturing four. He called for artillery fire on a house, in and around which the majority of enemy had entrenched themselves. With a carbine he attacked a second position with such fury that seven of the enemy surrendered to him. Lieutenant Montgomery continued boldly toward a house, 300 yards from his platoon position. When the artillery barrage had lifted, he ran fearlessly toward the strongly defended position. As the enemy started streaming out of the house, First Lieutenant Montgomery, unafraid of treacherous snipers, exposed himself daringly to assemble the surrendering enemy and send them to the rear. His fearless, aggressive, and intrepid actions that morning, accounted for a total of 11 enemy dead, 32 prisoners, and an unknown number of wounded. That night, while aiding an adjacent unit to repulse a counterattack, he was struck by mortar fragments and seriously wounded.



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