Recognizing Area Veterans Of World War II

Robert Montgomery served in
Army Air Force, Engineers Corps

Robert & Hazel Montgomery at Miami Beach, Fla. in 1945.

William Robert Montgomery was a 20-year-old student attending a Citywide Christian Endeavor in Houston, conducted by the Houston First Presbyterian Church, when Japan pulled its Dec. 7, 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

On July 5, 1942, he enlisted as a Private in the Army Air Corps.

A native of Houston, Robert was born on March 16, 1921, the son of William and Edna Montgomery.

He went on to serve over 3 1/2 years in the Air Corps and Corps of Engineers, with all of his duty stateside, in Texas, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Florida.

Montgomery received his discharge, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, at San Antonio in March 1946. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

Montgomery and his wife, Hazel Houston Montgomery, whom he had met and fell in love with in 1940 in Houston, became part-time residents of Palacios in 1967. They made it their permanent residency upon his retirement in 1980, today residing on Route 1.

Happy couple celebrate Robert's 80th birthday in 2001.

Mr. Montgomery died in December 2003 at the age of 82.