Gerald Emerson Montgomery
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
Raton, New Mexico
Born July 10, 1922
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Service Number AO2044920
Killed in Action
Died March 3, 1952 in Korea
Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery was a decorated veteran of World War II.
In Korea, he was the pilot of a F-84E Thunderjet fighter with Headquarters Squadron, 136th Fighter Bomber Wing.
On March 3, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, he bailed out off the coast of North Korea.
For his leadership and valor, Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
On 3 May 2004 an "In Memory Of" headstone will be placed in the Colonel's name in Arlington National Cemetery.
MONTGOMERY, GERALD EMERSON
Flying Cross (6)