Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Army Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery, 29, of West Yellowstone, Mont.

SSgt. Montgomery was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Jan. 20, 2010 at Lorengal Outpost, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related incident.

This was SSGT Montgomery's third deployment. He served two previous tours in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan in June of 2009. Montgomery was a decorated soldier. He received more than a dozen military honors over the course of his almost seven-year Army career. The honors included two Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, two Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star Iraq Campaign Medal w/ two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and an Expert Infantry Badge.

Montgomery is survived by a 3-year-old son, Thaddeus Montgomery III. He is also survived by a fiancée, Erica Amora Tadeo of Malaysia, his father, Thaddeus Montgomery Sr. and his mother, Debra Hays. Other survivors include a sister, Stephanie Montgomery, of Atlanta and a brother, Dustin (Holly) Border, of Madison, according to friends.

Army Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery was killed in a non-combat related incident on 1/20/10.

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