Wednesday, August 03, 2005
From The News Herald
Family mourns man whose son turns 1 today; was among 6 killed Monday in Iraq
Alexander Montgomery turns 1 today.
But the candle to celebrate that milestone instead now will burn in memory of his father, Marine Lance Cpl. Brian P. Montgomery, who was killed Monday while serving in Iraq.
The U.S. military reported Tuesday that six Marines were killed Monday by insurgents at Haditha Dam, Iraq, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. Montgomery's father, Paul of Willoughby, said Brian, 26, of Mentor, died Monday in small-arms fire in Haditha when he was out on a mission, according to military officials. Brian, in the Weapons Company with the Third Battalion, 25th Regiment of Marines, shipped out in January from Akron, and was deployed to Iraq in March, Paul said. He had been a Marine since 2002.
He said Brian's younger brother, Eric, stationed in Haditha in a different unit, will escort Brian's body home.
Tearful at times, Paul, while sitting in his living room, recalled his most cherished memory with Brian: "When he said, 'Don't worry, Dad. I'll be coming home.' "
"He was just a very loving person, a very happy person," Paul said. "It was just in his nature."
Paul said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks moved Brian to join the Marines Corps Reserves. "He felt like his country had been attacked," Paul said. "The feeling was that it was his duty to do something about that."
Paul said Brian, a 1998 graduate of South High School in Willoughby, was studying at Cleveland State University.
Rest in Peace LCpl Montgomery