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First Name: Jack

Last Name: Montgomery

Birthplace: Long, OK, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Sallisaw, OK
Middle Name: Cleveland

Date of Birth: 23 July 1917

Date of Death: 11 June 2002

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served: 1937 - 1945
Jack Cleveland Montgomery

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Jack Cleveland Montgomery

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War II

First Lieutenant Jack Cleveland Montgomery (23 July 1917 - 11 June 2002) was a U.S. Army officer and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

Jack Cleveland Montgomery was born on 23 July 1917 in Long, OK. He joined the Army in 1937 from Sallisaw, OK. On 22 February 1944, he was serving as a First Lieutenant in the 45th Infantry Division. Near Padiglione, Italy, that day, Montgomery single-handedly attacked German positions, killing eleven enemy soldiers and taking dozens of prisoners. For his actions in the battle, during which he was seriously wounded, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 45th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near, Padiglione, Italy, 22 February 1944.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 22 February 1944, near Padiglione, Italy. Two hours before daybreak a strong force of enemy infantry established themselves in 3 echelons at 50 yards, 100 yards, and 300 yards, respectively, in front of the rifle platoons commanded by 1st Lt. Montgomery. The closest position, consisting of 4 machineguns and 1 mortar, threatened the immediate security of the platoon position. Seizing an M1 rifle and several hand grenades, 1st Lt. Montgomery crawled up a ditch to within hand grenade range of the enemy. Then climbing boldly onto a little mound, he fired his rifle and threw his grenades so accurately that he killed 8 of the enemy and captured the remaining 4. Returning to his platoon, he called for artillery fire on a house, in and around which he suspected that the majority of the enemy had entrenched themselves. Arming himself with a carbine, he proceeded along the shallow ditch, as withering fire from the riflemen and machinegunners in the second position was concentrated on him. He attacked this position with such fury that 7 of the enemy surrendered to him, and both machineguns were silenced. Three German dead were found in the vicinity later that morning. 1st Lt. Montgomery continued boldly toward the house, 300 yards from his platoon position. It was now daylight, and the enemy observation was excellent across the flat open terrain which led to 1st Lt. Montgomery's objective. When the artillery barrage had lifted, 1st Lt. Montgomery ran fearlessly toward the strongly defended position. As the enemy started streaming out of the house, 1st Lt. 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. The selflessness and courage exhibited by 1st Lt. Montgomery in alone attacking 3 strong enemy positions inspired his men to a degree beyond estimation.

Montgomery left the Army while still a First Lieutenant.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart (2)


The Veterans Health Administration medical center located in Muskogee, OK, is named in his honor.

Death and Burial

First Lieutenant Jack Cleveland Montgomery died on 11 June 2002 at age 84. He is buried at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK.

Honoree ID: 1549   Created by: MHOH




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