Commending Tuskegee Airman Dabney N. Montgomery for his distinguished military service and contributions to the United States of Ame...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dabney N. Montgomery upon the occasion
of his designation for special recognition after a lifetime of loyalty
and distinguished service as a renown Tuskegee Airman

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals of remarkable courage and strength of charac-
ter who risked their own lives for others, and stood with fortitude for
freedom and humanity; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Dabney N. Montgomery upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition after a lifetime of loyalty and distinguished service as a
renown Tuskegee Airman, to be celebrated on Saturday, May 4, 2013; and
WHEREAS, On April 18, 2013, Dabney N. Montgomery turned 90 years old;
WHEREAS, Born in Selma, Alabama on April 18, 1923, to Dred and Lula
Anderson Montgomery, Dabney Montgomery was drafted into the Army Air
Corps (now the United States Air Force), during World War II and served
in the 1051st Quartermaster Company of the 96th Air Service Group,
attached to the 332nd Air Fighter Group, as a ground crewman with the
Tuskegee Airmen in Southern Italy, from 1943 to 1945; and
WHEREAS, A man of many achievements, Dabney Montgomery was awarded a
Good Conduct Medal; the WWII Victory Medal; the European African Middle
Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars; a Service Award; the Honor-
able Service Medal; a Basic Driver and Mechanic Medal; and the New York
State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Award; and
WHEREAS, To continue his education, in 1946 Dabney Montgomery enrolled
into Livingstone College, located in Salisbury, North Carolina, and
received a B.A. degree in Religious Education in May of 1949; he is a
Charter Member of the Sphinx Club and was one of the first to be admit-
ted into the Gamma Mu Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Montgomery was an activist in the course of the Civil
Rights Movement and marched with the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. throughout the 50-plus miles March from Selma to Montgomery,
Alabama, from March 21-25, 1965; he also served as one of Dr. King's
bodyguards; and
WHEREAS, On April 11, 2006, former President George W. Bush signed a
bill into law to award all Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen the
United States Congressional Gold Medal of Honor; it was awarded on
Thursday, March 29, 2007, under the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.;
WHEREAS, In December of 2006, Dabney Montgomery was selected by the
Livingstone College National Alumni Association to receive the Presti-
gious Outstanding Alumni Award; it was presented on February 2, 2007, by
the National Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund in Nash-
ville, Tennessee; on February 4, 2010, he was inducted into the United
Negro College Fund "Share Your Love" and Service in Celebration of
Livingstone College Leaders Hall of Fame; these distinguished awards
recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to their alma
mater, community, and the UNCF; and
WHEREAS, Dabney Montgomery is involved in the Harlem community and is
a member of Manhattan Community Board No. 10, where he serves on two
sub-committees: Parks and Recreation, and the Executive Committee; as a
member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, he wrote a letter to the
Parks Department of the City of New York, as a proposal to recognize
Central Park West (at 85th and 86th Streets) as the historical site of

African American settlers in the early 1820s, which was then Seneca
Village; Mother Zion was, for a short time, located there; and
WHEREAS, The settlers were evicted in 1857 under the City's "eminent
domain" project; a permanent sign now stands marking the site; and
WHEREAS, Dabney Montgomery is currently the chaplain of the West 136th
Street 200th Block Association; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Montgomery has received numerous awards for his community
involvement, including: the Social Action Award for his civil rights
activism; an "American Hero" declaration; a Trailblazer Award from the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters; a Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Award
for heroic and dedicated service; and a Citation for Extraordinary
Service to Our Nation and Sacrifices in the Civil Rights Movement; and
WHEREAS, Dabney Montgomery is truly a person who loves his family and
country; his pride, faith, and distinguished service make him meritori-
ously worthy of this designation; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our attention
it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those individuals for
the edification and emulation of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dabney N. Montgomery upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition after a lifetime of loyalty and distinguished
service as a renown Tuskegee Airman; and be it futher
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dabney N. Montgomery.


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