Retired July 1, 1965. Died Aug. 7, 2000.
Major General John B. Montgomery was born in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1911. He received a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Wofford College in 1933. He graduated from the Air Force Flying Center, Kelly Field, Texas, in 1935. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1936 from which time he advanced rapidly through the grades to major general in the U.S. Air Force in 1951.
He was military executive to the secretary of the Air Force in 1947-48. He commanded the 8th Air Force from 1953-55. He was director of operations, Strategic Air Command, from 1948-1953. He resigned from the Air Force in 1955.
General Montgomery was active in Air Force Reserve affairs, serving as a major general from 1962 to 1965 when he retired.
His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal and the Bronze Star. He is a member of the Air Force Association (having served as president in 1962-1963), and the Navy League, Kappa Alpha.