John H. MONTGOMERY Jr. :
- My father SFC John H. Montgomery help run the clinic. His supervisor was Ist.Sgt Jefferson. We were there from 1957 to 1962. My father also coached the base baseball team. I played Little League for the Trois-Fontaines Braves. Notable, we were the Braves, when we got our uniforms from the States, we had Braves uniforms and Yankee's hats. We placed second. I think Etain was first. We lived in Yorktown Village. #27C.
I have a good memory about things because everyone was like family. In school the classes were so small that the teachers taught two grades. Went to school on base until they moved us out to Vassincourt. We didn't have a high school.I'm not sure but I think it was in Verdun. It could have been Germany. I know they had a football team.The bus would pick up the students on Saturdays and bring them back Thursday.
If you got a news paper during that time, 1957-1962, I was your paperboy. I would go down to the train station in Bar le Duc get the papers and fold them and deliver. On Sundays those who ordered the New York times, my father would take in his red MG if you can remember, and deliver in surrounding towns.On your area map, I believe Building 7 is the Dispensery/ clinic.I remember the NCO club built of logs. It closed March 24, 1962. I think there may have been one at Vassincourt.
Haircuts for 15 cent. Movies 25.Those days are gone.Add more later. Remember Chaplain McNab?
As a family, we stayed very active. We took advantage of a lifetime and that is being in France.Almost every week-end, we traveled somewhere. Mom was active in bowling and the NCO wive's club. Dad liked to go to the races. Especially the Le Mans.I was active in scouting and sports. My sister attended Catholic School in Bar-le-Duc. She also took dance and gymnastics in town. I took piano lessons at the Catholic School. My teacher , who was a nun, was very strict. My knuckles were rather bruised at times.Enjoyed Sunday school and going to the Saturday matinee.Our dog Dud traveled the world with us.
After TFAD, we moved to Fort Bragg,North Carolina.Stayed there until Dad received orders to Vietnam.We moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.I finished all my education to include college. John H. Montgomery Jr.
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MEMOIRS OF A MISSISSIPI SOLDIER
The Montgomery Family has a long heritage in Mississippi, beginning in 1856. John Harvey Montgomery, now 83 years old *, is an African American who grew up in rural Mississippi during the 1920s and 1930s. This is his life story, filled with colorful remembrances of the history, culture, and folk life of the South. His 32 years of U.S. Military service to his country take him across Europe during World War II, through the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. In Washington, D.C., he served as valet and aide to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and after the General's retirement, he served General Hoyt S. Vandenberg in the same capacity.
* John died in his sleep on October 20th,2004.