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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, USS Galveston (CL-93)
Service Years
1944 - 1978
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember MONTGOMERY, James Ward, RADM.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Malden, Dunklin County, Missouri
Last Address
Admiral Montgomery died in Arlington Virginia and was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Date of Passing
Apr 12, 2011
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Award for Antisubmarine Warfare Excellence Maritime Warfare Excellence Award Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award Command & Control Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
USS DeHaven Sailors AssociationHampton Roads Chapter
  1980, USS DeHaven Sailors Association [Verified]
  1985, Surface Navy Association, Hampton Roads Chapter (Executive Secretary) (Norfolk, Virginia)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Admiral Montgomery, a native of Malden, Missouri, graduated from the US Naval Academy with the Class of 1945, in June 1944, due to World War II. He served in the cruiser USS New Orleans in the Western Pacific area throughout the remainder of wartime hostilities, facing enemy forces in the Philippine, Ryukyu, and Japanese islands.

Subsequent service included various operational and command assignments, at sea and ashore, in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas. He did post graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Management and Industrial Engineering. He commanded the destroyer escorts USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) . the USS McGinty (DE 365), the USS DeHaven (DD727), and , the USS Galveston (CLG 3), the world's first long range guided missile (TALOS) ship. Other significant assignments included Head of Amphibious Warfare Systems in the Office of the Director of Warfare Analysis, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Executive Assistant and Senior Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management); Chief of Staff US Seventh Fleet; a Deputy Chief in Naval Material Command Headquarters; and in the Naval Sea Systems Command as Deputy Commander for Surface Ships.

Following graduation from the National War College in 1967, Admiral Montgomery was instrumental in planning, and developing the Navy's ability to provide career enhancing training ashore for the artificer ratings while simultaneously providing maintenance assistance to the fleet. Reporting directly to the Chief of the Bureau of Naval Personnel and to the Under Secretary of the Navy, he brought such a concept to fruition as the first commanding officer of the Naval Development and Training Center (DATC), on the site of the then dormant San Diego Naval Repair Facility. The success and benefits of this effort resulted in broad establishment of the DATC concept, at activities later to be known as Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activities (SIMAs).

Admiral Montgomery fondly recalls his days in DeHaven as being very special to him, a veritable destroyerman's dream, and certainly one of the highlights of his career. Homeported in Yokosuka, the DeHaven was continuously active as a permanent member of the wide ranging Seventh Fleet at a time of much international focus on the Western Pacific area. A time, too, when the Seventh Fleet's initial exploratory destroyer coastal incursion returned a US Navy warship to the Yellow Sea area after an absence of some fifteen years. This earned DeHaven an historical linkage to those future DESOTO patrols — DeHaven Special Operations off TsingtaO.

Admiral Montgomery was awarded numerous medals, awards, and decorations, including three Legions of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, the National Order of Vietnam, Fourth Class. He was also awarded the Navy Gallantry Cross with Palm by the Republic of Vietnam.

Following his retirement in 1978, Admiral Montgomery continues in the private sector his interest and activities in maritime, defense, and general national security matters. He remains an active lifetime member of the Surface Navy Association.

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Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavySurface Vessels USS No NameUSS Sproston (DD-577)
USS Mcginty (DE-365)USS DeHaven (DD-727)
  1941-1944, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1944-1945, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
  1945-1946, USS Spokane (CL-120)
  1946-1946, Surface Vessels USS No Name
  1946-1947, COMCRUDESFLOT 6
  1950-1952, USS Sproston (DD-577)
  1954-1956, USS McCoy Reynolds (DE-440)
  1957-1959, USS Mcginty (DE-365)
  1961-1963, 111X, USS DeHaven (DD-727)
  1969-1970, USS Galveston (CL-93)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
 Colleges Attended 
Arkansas State UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNational War College
  1940-1941, Arkansas State University
  1941-1944, United States Naval Academy
  1952-1955, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  1966-1967, National War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  The First DESOTO Patrol
  Sep 14, 1962, A and E awards
  Nov 03, 2013, General Photos1
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